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 Lamb, Thara 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.
“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.