Schools & Arts Together at the Waterfront Park Concert

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Look for Schools & Arts Together campaign volunteers at the Waterfront Park Concert on Thursday August 30th. We will be there to share information and seek support for the Arts Education and Access fund – our proposal on the November ballot to restore arts and music to our schools and bring the arts to life in Portland. how to order xanax online forum

We hope you can join us as the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Portland Youth Philharmonic perform for a crowd of 10,000 along the Willamette River. Last year, Portland’s non-profit arts organizations provided 831,936 free arts experiences through events like this and reached nearly two million Portland residents and visitors. These same organizations also provided arts education opportunities for 221,000 school aged children.

The arts are part of the cultural fabric that make Portland what it is today – shaping our neighborhoods, inspiring our children and fueling our economy. In 2011, Portland’s non-profit arts and culture was a $253.5 million industry, supporting 8,529 full-time equivalent jobs and generating more than $21.4 million in local and state revenue.

As impressive as those numbers are, we can do better.

While the arts flourish in our neighborhoods, 28% of public elementary schools in Portland lack any arts education – no arts, dance, drama, or music. Only 18% receive visual arts education and 58% receive music education, compared to 83% and 94% respectively across the US.

We believe every child should have the opportunity to hold a paint brush, play a musical instrument, and visit a museum to learn and grow and to gain the 21st Century skills they need to thrive in an economy that rewards creative thinking and problem solving.

Join us in Voting YES! to Restore Arts and Music to Our Schools and Bring the Arts to Life in Portland. Together we can give Portland – and our kids – the future they deserve.

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Last year, The Oregon Symphony’s Performance at Waterfront Park inspired 2,123 new supporters to join the movement for a new dedicated public fund for the arts and arts education with the help of more than 50 Creative Advocacy Network volunteers and Mayor Sam Adams.

It’s time to do it again. And this year we will debut our campaign lawn signs on Portland’s biggest lawn!

Join the Schoools & Arts Together campaign at the Oregon Symphony at Waterfront Park on Thursday, August 30th for two amazing hours of volunteering followed by an unparalleled evening of live waterfront music.

Funded generously by the City of Portland and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the evening’s festivities perfectly showcase the powerful impact of public funding for the arts. Also that evening enjoy performances by Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Sign up today by visiting our volunteer registration web site, or email with any questions you have about the event.

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Every year in Portland, arts and music teachers are being cut from our schools, leaving our children with fewer opportunities to imagine, to learn, and to thrive. In the last five years, Parkrose and Centennial School Districts have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while Portland Public Schools lost all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.

Today, there are nearly 12,000 Portland children attending schools that do not have any art, dance, drama, or music instruction. But we can change all that. The Schools & Arts Together campaign is working tirelessly to restore arts and music education to our elementary schools and increase access to arts and culture city-wide with a new public fund for the arts.

Join us to show your support for returning certified arts teachers to every Portland elementary school. Reserve your campaign lawn sign today by completing the form below and we’ll display our love for arts education together with pride across our city.

Statement from Creative Advocacy Network regarding the Circuit Court Ruling on Arts Education and Access Fund Ballot Measure Language:

Today Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge John A. Wittmayer largely dismissed the challenges to the City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund ballot language, allowing the ballot measure to move forward to a citizen vote with one wording change. Replacing the word “capped” with “of”, the ballot title will now read: “Shall Portland restore arts, music for schools and fund arts through income tax of 35 dollars per year?”

Furthermore, Judge Wittmayer put questions of the legality of the proposed tax to rest by clarifying: “The proposed tax at issue here is not a head tax or a poll tax because it is not assessed per capita – it is assessed only upon income-earning individuals age 18 or older in households above the federal poverty guidelines.”

“We are thrilled to be proceeding to the ballot with a proposal that will restore arts and music teachers to Portland’s elementary schools and provide vital grants to schools and non-profits,” said Creative Advocacy Network Executive Director Jessica Jarratt Miller. “The rate of decline for arts education here has been shockingly steep. In the last five years, two of Portland’s six school districts (Parkrose and Centennial) have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while our largest district (Portland Public Schools) has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.”

The ballot language was challenged last month under a state law that allows electors to petition the circuit court for a different title by proving the original filed by the City to be insufficient, not concise or unfair. According to Oregon state law, the circuit court’s ruling is final and cannot be appealed.

“We appreciate this decision and are glad the measure can go forward so that the citizens of this city can decide for themselves. Today just two out of 10 elementary schools have an art teacher, and nearly 12,000 Portland students have no art, music, dance or drama in school stimulate economic development. National research links access to arts and music education to improved test scores, graduation rates and college admittance,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “This measure is also essential to our ability to develop a workforce equipped with the creative thinking and problem solving skills necessary to compete in a modern economy.”

With repeated polls reflecting support at above 70% for this proposal, the Creative Advocacy Network’s 501(c4) partner organization, the CAN Action Fund, will now register a political action committee called Schools & Arts Together to conduct a campaign in support of the Arts Education and Access Fund. This week Schools & Arts Together launched their website at to rally supporters for the November ballot.

If approved by voters, the fund will restore arts and music teachers to every Portland elementary school and provide grants to schools and non-profits to fund the arts city-wide and increase access to the arts for school children and underserved communities. The Arts Education & Access Fund will raise approximately $12.6 Million annually through an income tax limited to $35 per year for adult, income-earning residents of Portland in households above the federal poverty level.

“Portland’s embarrassing lack of arts and music education in our public schools puts our kids’ future at risk. The Arts Education and Access Fund is a powerful and creative solution that will help keep students engaged in school and on track to graduate.” concludes Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers.

To read more about the current state of arts education in Portland, go to To learn more about the Schools & Arts Together Campaign, visit or follow us on Facebook at SchoolsArtsTogether.

Media Contact:

Jessica Jarratt Miller

Executive Director, Creative Advocacy Network


Cell/text: 503.781.8538

Court Decision (PDF)