Today in Portland there are nearly 12,000 children attending schools that do not have any art, dance, drama, or music instruction. And the rate of decline for arts education here has been shockingly steep. Portland is home to six school districts and in the last five years, two of them (Parkrose and Centennial) have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while our largest (Portland Public Schools) has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.
With the Arts Education and Access Fund, the City of Portland will restore arts and music education in Portland’s six school districts by providing stable, long-term funding for certified arts and music teachers for every elementary school serving Portland residents. The fund will also provide grants to help schools and non-profits improve access to the arts and support arts organizations citywide to bring arts, culture, and creativity to life for every Portland resident.
Your support of the Schools & Arts Together campaign can make all the difference. Pledge your support at SchoolsArtsTogether.com. After years of losing ground, we can ensure our children have the future they deserve, today and tomorrow.
Donate $15 or whatever you can to help the campaign. And join us at parades, parkways, back-to-school nights, and arts events to help spread the word as a campaign volunteer.
Schools which will receive funding for arts education with full-time Certified Educators: