Portland’s Leading Musicians, Bands, Music Businesses and Workers Stand Together for the Arts Education and Access Fund

The Schools and Arts Together campaign is pleased to announce that the local bands and musicians you love, and the businesses and workers that bring them to you, have joined together to sign on as supporters of the Arts Education and Access Fund ( Ballot Measure #26-146).

Over 300 individuals, bands and businesses from Portland’s renowned music community have endorsed the plan to restore arts and music education to our schools and support community access to the arts. From indie rock icons such as nitrile http://www.shellbellecouture.com/info/xanax-05-mg-pill.php xanax 0.5 mg pill nevus vascularis Modest Mouse, Newberry diazepam 5 mg equivalent xanax niton Stephen Malkmus, the nitrogenous 20mg xanax and alcohol Nicol prism Corin Tucker Band and the Decemberists to Portland hip-hop legends Lifesavas and Cool Nutz; from up-and-coming bands like Pure Bathing Culture, Radiation City and Onuinu to Northwest jazz and blues greats like Norman Sylvester, Patrick LambThara Memory and Darrell Grant; and from favorite concert venues such as the Wonder Ballroom, Holocene and the Doug Fir Lounge to beloved local shops like Music Millennium and Jackpot Records, Portland’s music scene is coalescing behind the movement to create a reliable funding source to hire back arts and music teachers to enhance school arts and music curriculum offerings – an area where Portland has fallen way behind – while also supporting nonprofit organizations city-wide to bring arts, culture and creativity to life for every Portland resident.

Laura Veirs and Tucker Martine at home with their son, Tennessee

“When I was growing up, art programs and art classes in school were a given,” says singer/songwriter and Portland parent, Laura Veirs. “I can’t imagine making my way through school as a child having had no art classes and without having been inspired and encouraged by arts and music teachers to develop my creative thinking. Our children are not receiving a complete education without the opportunity to study arts and music in school. Portland can do better by our kids.”

The Thermals’ Kathy Foster described her support for the measure: “What I like about Measure 26-146 is that it creates a dedicated funding stream for arts and music in schools that can’t be cut, whittled away, or diverted to other programs. Portland needs this more now than ever.”

A working group comprising a cross-section of Portland’s music community including Sam Coomes (Quasi), Rebecca Gates (musician, artist, editor), Nicholas Johnson (former PDX Pop Now! Board Member), Jose Medeles (1939 Ensemble, Revival Drum Shop), John Moen (Decemberists), Neal Morgan (Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan), Jen Olesen (Aikamusic co-partner, Curator), Jason Powers (Type Foundry, Sound Engineer), Lisa Schonberg (Secret Drum Band, STLS) and Maggie Vail (CASH Music, Hurry Up!) have shared their passion for passing this ballot measure with friends and colleagues and the response has been overwhelming. Over 200 individuals, more than 100 bands and nearly 60 businesses and organizations from Portland’s music industry have already enthusiastically endorsed Ballot Measure #26-146 and lent their support. And the numbers continue to build. Members of Portland’s music community can lend their name in support by emailing StandTogether@SchoolsArtsTogether.com.

“We want to send a clear message from the music community that a well-rounded education for our kids is a top priority,” said John Moen, drummer for the Decemberists, and Vernon elementary school parent. “Last year in Portland just 2 out of 10 kids attended an elementary school with an art teacher and more than 12,000 of our students had no art, music, dance or drama in school at all. That’s unacceptable. We want every child in Portland to know that he or she deserves a full education. We want to help pass this measure for them and ensure the vitality of arts and music in our schools and communities.”

Included in the list of over 300 bands, musicians, businesses, organizations and other individuals involved in Portland music that have endorsed Measure 26-146 are Backspace, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Peter Buck (REM), Cool Nutz, the Corin Tucker Band, The Dandy Warhols, The Decemberists, the Doug Fir Lounge, Grouper, Holocene, Jackpot! Recording Studio, Jackpot Records, Patrick Lamb, Storm Large, Lifesavas, Stephen Malkmus, March Fourth Marching Band, Menomena, Mississippi Records, Modest Mouse, Monqui, Music Millennium, Nurses, Onuinu, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), PDX Pop Now!, Pink Martini, Pure Bathing Culture, Quasi, Radiation City, Red Fang, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Norman Sylvester, Tender Loving Empire, The Thermals, Typhoon, Laura Veirs, Janet Weiss (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney), the Wonder Ballroom and YACHT.

Learn more about the Schools & Arts Together campaign at SchoolsArtsTogether.com and follow the campaign at Facebook.com/SchoolsArtsTogether.

Local PTA President Testifies to the Value of Arts Education

Ann Leitheiser testifying before the Portland City Council on arts education.

On June 27th at Portland City Council’s vote to refer the Arts Education and Access Fund to the November ballot, PTA President Ann Leitheiser testified about the critical importance of arts education in her daughter’s elementary school.

“Having worked in a field for 20 years where creativity and innovation are critical, students need art,” Ann testified, “to be prepared to enter the innovation age in Portland.”

Duniway Elementary School’s parents and PTA prioritize arts education so highly, in fact, that the school community has successfully supported a 100% parent-run art program for 20 years.

“While I find it fun to teach art lessons that have been planned and written by fellow parents,” Ann testified, “Depending on volunteer(s) is not realistic or sustainable” to maintain a true arts curriculum in every Portland public school.

Testifying on behalf of the students at Duniway Elementary who benefit from volunteer programming but “deserve something more” as well as the tens of thousands of Portland elementary school students who have neither volunteer-run arts programs nor certified arts instruction, Ann was thankful for the opportunity to have her voice heard “on the critical issue of restoring arts into our children’s education.”

The Schools & Arts Together Campaign is fueled by the support of local PTA leaders across Portland like Ann, that have worked tirelessly, year after year, to bring arts and music back to life in Portland’s schools.

And now our time has come. Vote YES! on Measure 26-146 and restore certified arts instructors to EVERY Portland elementary school.

Learn more about Measure 26-146 at your PTA, PTSA, or local school foundation, contact Schools & Arts Together at (503) 893-5912 or email info@SchoolsArtsTogether.com.

Join Schools & Arts Together at the Portland Rally to Restore School Funding!

On Friday September 21st, at 3:15 PM at Grant Park, hundreds of parents, students, and concerned citizens will make their voices heard at the Portland Rally to Restore School Funding. And Schools & Arts Together will be there urging Portlanders who care about our schools to vote YES! on Measure #26-146.

Sign up now to join us as a volunteer to spread the word about restoring arts & music to our schools in Portland.

Help the Schools & Arts Together Campaign, and Enjoy the Oregon Symphony!

The Oregon Symphony has generously set aside 200 tickets at every one of their concerts between September 8th and November 6th to benefit the Schools & Arts Together campaign. (Offer excludes Natalie Merchant.) When you buy one of these tickets for just $10, proceeds from the purchase will go directly to Schools & Arts Together. Simply call (503) 228-1353 or drop by the Oregon Symphony ticket office at 923 SW Washington Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and use offer code “CAN Tix” when purchasing tickets.
You’ll be enjoying the Oregon Symphony as well as benefitting the effort to restore arts and music to our schools and bring the arts to life in Portland. But don’t delay, $10 is an amazing value and for an important cause – they’re sure to go fast!

Upcoming Oregon Symphony Concerts

9/22, 9/23, 9/24 –  Parker Plays Mozart – An eclectic concert ranging from the crystalline delicacy of Mozart to the full-blooded Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninoff – along with Alfvén’s best-known music and Andrew Norman’s delightful 4-minute mixed salad of musical color.

9/29 – Brahms’ German Requiem – 120 members strong, the Portland Symphonic Choir joins forces with the orchestra for the towering choral masterpiece of Brahms. Steven Zopfi, conductor Portland Symphonic Choir Dominique Labelle, soprano Richard Zeller, bass J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 51, Praise Ye God (Jauchzet Gott) Brahms: A German Requiem Sat 9/29/12 7:30PM

Michelle Obama speaks out on arts education.

Photo by Andrea Dylewski

Portland’s King Elementary “Turns Around” Student Achievement through the Arts

In honor of National Arts in Education Week (September 9-15, 2012) we would like to pay tribute to Portland’s Martin Luther King, Jr. School. King School is a K-8 in Portland Public Schools District which recently received national accolades and funding from Turnaround Arts, a program of the President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities. As a public school that was in the lowest-achieving five percent in Oregon, restoring arts teachers and arts integration programs has been a key to success at King, turning around student achievement and generating tremendous new opportunities for students to learn, to succeed and to thrive.
President Obama’s arts education initiative, and this highly competitive award for King, perfectly showcases how high quality and integrated arts education boosts academic achievement, motivates student learning and improves school culture in the context of overall school reform.
“(Principal Kim) Patterson and her team have an exciting new vision for their school, a vision that acknowledges the vital role of the creative arts—art, music and movement—in building a school culture of engaged learning and academic success.” said Margo Lion, Co-Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities who will be visiting King Elementary next week.
First Lady Michelle Obama, in her letter of congratulations to King School Principal Kim Patterson, wrote these inspiring words on arts education:

“Throughout our Nation’s history, the arts have sparked imaginations young and old, inspired us to take action, and helped bring us together. I strongly believe that America’s creative spirit is essential to our ideals and identity. Opportunities to grow, create, cooperate and learn through the arts are essential for every child, and arts education is essential for building the innovative thinkers who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”

We share the conviction that the arts play an essential role in educating the whole child and are inspired by the investment of the President’s Council in one very special Portland elementary school. Learn more about the Turnaround Arts Initiative; findways to celebrate Arts in Education Week; and access available resources related to arts in education.

It’s time to restore arts and music to our schools and bring the arts to life in Portland

Today in Portland just 2 out of 10 elementary school students have an art teacher and nearly half of Portland’s K-5 students do not have music. There are also nearly 12,000 children attending schools do not have certified arts instruction of any kind.
With the Arts Education and Access Fund, the City of Portland will restore arts and music education in Portland’s six school districts and provide grants to help schools and non-profits increase access to the arts. This fund will also support arts organizations city-wide to bring arts, culture, and creativity to life for every Portland resident.
Vote YES! on measure #26-146 on the November ballot. Learn more, and join the campaign at SchoolsArtsTogether.com and Facebook.com/SchoolsArtsTogether.

Local Teachers Support Measure 26-146

The Portland Association of Teachers supports the Arts Education and Access fund on the November ballot.

As teachers, we know the difference arts education can make in a child’s life. Arts unlock talent, increase focus, and nurture curiosity in our students. Regular opportunities to experience the arts promote students’ success in all of our classrooms. Children in our city depend on our public schools for these opportunities.

Due to a lack of stable and adequate funding for schools, arts education is in decline in our city.

Access to arts and music education should not be a privilege for a few. It should be available to all students in our community. Art and music help children reach their full potential.

The arts allow students to develop skills and follow passions, connect them to the school community, city community, and in many cases keep students enthusiastic about school.

Measure 26-146 will restore arts and music education to our schools.

Over 35,000 students will benefit from this measure.

By creating a stable and sustainable fund, Measure 26-146 will ensure that there are Certified Arts Teachers in 63 elementary schools in Portland Public School District, 8 schools in Reynolds, 7 schools in Centennial, 10 schools in David Douglas, 4 schools in Parkrose, and 1 school in Riverdale.

Please join us in ensuring that all Portland students benefit from a well-rounded curriculum. Vote yes on Measure 26-146.

Portland Association of Teachers

Portland says YES!

In just a few short weeks, at parades, parkways, and street fairs, the Schools & Arts Together campaign has received overwhelming support for our plan to restore arts and music education to Portland schools and improve access to the arts in every classroom and community.

As word spreads that a solution to the rapid decline of arts education in our schools is on the November ballot, Portland residents from every corner are joining the campaign in support. As Val Ellett, a teacher at Gilbert Park Elementary, put it, “Music and the arts are the most powerful force a community can invest in.”

In a public opinion poll on The Oregonian web site OregonLive.com 91% said they would pay $35 a year to support arts education by indicating “the arts are a valuable part of child development and learning.” We could not agree more! With Portland elementary schools lagging so far behind the nation, we must act now to ensure that our schools reflect our city’s values of creativity and community.

We are thrilled to share that more than 700 Portlanders have already pledged their support by joining the Schools & Arts Together campaign and those numbers continue to build. Across our diverse city, people are finding common ground in their support for the arts. “The arts are like sports,” Portland Timbers COO Mike Golub said. “They bring people together, they mitigate differences, and they create shared experiences for disparate groups of people regardless of age, socioeconomic background, gender, or ethnicity.”

If you haven’t yet said YES! to arts education for our kids by joining the Schools & Arts Together campaign, show your support now!

Please donate $15 or whatever you can to the Schools & Arts Together campaign, today. Visit us on Facebook. And join us at parades, parkways, back-to-school nights, and arts events to help spread the word as a campaign volunteer.

Help the Schools & Arts Together Campaign, and Enjoy the Oregon Symphony!

The Oregon Symphony has generously set aside 200 tickets at every one of their concerts between September 8th and November 6th to benefit the Schools & Arts Together campaign. (Offer excludes Natalie Merchant.) When you buy one of these tickets for just $10, proceeds from the purchase will go directly to Schools & Arts Together. Simply drop by the Oregon Symphony ticket office at 923 SW Washington Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and use offer code “CAN Tix” when purchasing tickets.

You’ll be enjoying the Oregon Symphony as well as benefitting the effort to restore arts and music to our schools and bring the arts to life in Portland. But don’t delay, $10 is an amazing value and for an important cause – they’re sure to go fast!

It’s Official! Vote YES! on Ballot Measure #26-146

The Arts Education and Access Fund, referred to the ballot by the Portland City Council, has been filed with Multnomah County for the November 2012 general election. It will appear on your ballot as Measure #26-146 to ” Restore School Arts, Music Education; Fund Arts through Limited Tax.” Look for it when your ballot arrives and join us in voting YES!

Dan Wieden calls the Arts Education and Access Fund, “a fabulous idea.”

Dan Wieden, co-founder Wieden+Kennedy
Photo Ze Carlos Barretta

You know it’s a good day when the man who is arguably Portland’s most influential creative thinker and business leader worldwide thinks you’ve got a fabulous idea. Dan Wieden, co-founder of Wieden+Kennedy and who coined the Nike tagline “Just Do It’ has – in an interview with The Oregonian reporter David Stabler – expressed his enthusiastic support for the Arts Education and Access Fund (Ballot Measure #26-146), saying “I think it’s a fabulous idea.”

“When you say art doesn’t matter, you’re full of (it),” said Wieden. “It drives me nuts. It’s complete blindness to how the world works.”

“The arts teach us about ourselves,” Wieden continued in the interview. “They create bonds between people and those bonds are necessary to invent things, discover things. To be creative is to learn something new. It compels people to act. I quickly learned through art that everybody should be able to have a creative life. Through the arts, they discover their voice, and once they discover their voice, they can make their way in the world. You have the ability to understand the world, challenge the world and change the world. A creative life will help you, believe me. If it didn’t, I would be toast because I don’t have much of a left brain.”

We couldn’t agree more. And we appreciate the support that the Arts Education and Access Fund has received from members of Portland’s business leaders and creative community, like Dan, who create real jobs, build industry, and grow our economy.

We hope you’ll join us – and Dan Wieden – in supporting the Arts Education and Access Fund on the November ballot.