Photo by Nina Johnson
Last night more than 400 arts, culture and creative enthusiasts packed the house at The Armory – showing our strength in numbers as we vetted five candidates for Portland Mayor and City Council.
While our favorite part of the night was undoubtedly the packed house, we are still glowing from Charlie Hales’ powerful pledge of support for CAN and our plans to increase public funding for the arts and arts education. To read more about Hales’ “unwavering advocacy” and the most memorable moments of the evening, we recommend DK Row’s coverage of the event.
Co-sponsored by Business for Culture & the Arts, the Creative Advocacy Network, Oregon ArtPAC, Portland Arts Alliance, Portland Art Dealers Association and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Candidates Forum on the Arts was beautifully moderated by Portland Monthly Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Randy Gragg and featured Mayoral Candidates Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady as well as City Council Candidates Amanda Fritz, Steve Novick and Brian Sidney Parrott.
To hear from our friends at Oregon ArtPAC, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre and White Bird on the vital role that arts and culture play in Portland, check out last night’s coverage on KGW Channel 8.
And finally, to watch last night’s Arts Forum in real time, please click here for the complete video generously provided by Magaurn Video Media.
Thank you all for coming out in droves to reinforce the invaluable role that arts, culture and creativity play in shaping this City that we love.