CAN Mail: January 2012 Edition

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Only 2 out of 10 Portland elementary students have access to an art teacher in their local public school.

Hello 2012! Its time to make history with a ground-breaking new public fund for the arts.
 
We know that arts, culture, and creativity rejuvenate neighborhoods, create jobs, and fuel innovation while inspiring our students to stay in school. However, 81% of Portland elementary school students finish 5th grade without ever taking an art class. And Portland’s arts and culture organizations receive 86% less public funding than their peers nationally, which greatly limits access to arts, culture, and creativity in our city.
 
CAN has a plan to fully restore arts and music education for every Portland elementary school student, bridge the public funding gap for Portland arts and culture, and increase access to cultural and creative experiences in every classroom and community. And 2012 is our year!
 
To read more about our plans for the November 2012 ballot, click here for a link to a recent update in The Oregonian. To restore arts and music education in every Portland elementary school, Join the Movement today! 
 

 

Don’t miss your best opportunity to meet the candidates who will change the face of Portland’s City Council in 2013. Learn how they may influence arts, culture and creativity and determine who is best suited to lead our City.
 

To RSVP or pose a question for the Forum, just send us an e-mail at  rsvp@theartscan.org.
 
 

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Portland is home to six school districts educating 33,732 elementary school students.
 

The Oregonian joins the conversation: Confirming that the time is now to restore arts and music education in Portland Schools

Here at CAN we believe that a K-12 education is not complete without the arts. And that means that every child in every school must have access to arts instruction by certified teachers, creative learning, and professional arts experiences.
 
In our recent Twitter campaign to raise awareness about the decline of arts education in our schools, CAN revealed that 8 in 10 elementary school students in Portland will finish 5th grade without ever having an art class.
 
To read more about this shocking statistic and The Oregonian’s confirmation that Portland’s art teachers really are an endangered species, click here. To learn more about CAN’s plan to fund art and music classroom teachers, arts and culture field trips and visiting artists, e-mail us today at info@theartscan.org.  

 

Our member organizations make our work possible: Welcome to our newest members!
 
Third Angle Ensemble presents world-class performances of new chamber music which challenge and entertain their audience, artists and composers. Since 1985, Third Angle has presented more than 90 programs of contemporary music, commissioned more than 25 new works and released nine recordings to critical acclaim.
 
Imago Theatre defies classification. They have populated the stage with characters and beings such as comedic amphibians, acrobatic larvae, circus boulders, and metamorphosing humans in works which tantalize the senses, the intellect, and the passions.
 
Oregon ArtPAC recognizes that the funding of arts and culture is crucial to preserving and advancing the vibrancy of the region and all of Oregon by the many benefits it provides.

For details on joining the movement as a member organization in support of a new dedicated public fund for the arts, please visit  theArtsCAN.org or email  keith@theArtsCAN.org.

 

Photo by: Fritz Liedtke
CAN’s members demonstrate the growing movement in support of sustainable arts funding.
 
Photo: Fritz Liedtke
 

Remembering Chuck Clemans: Lifelong friend of the arts and education.

Chuck Clemans served on CAN’s Board of Directors in 2010 and 2011, guiding our efforts with his decades of expertise as a school superintendent and arts leader. Up until his death in December 2011, Chuck was an instrumental advisor to CAN as we shaped our plan to establish a new public fund for the arts and arts education. He will be dearly missed.
 
Alice Norris, fellow CAN Regional Steering Committee Member and former Oregon City Mayor, says of Oregon City’s 2009 Citizen of the Year:
 

“He will leave a hole in so many parts of the community. He was a teacher and a giver — always. With his diverse interests, he touched so many communities of people.”
 

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