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We have been simply inundated with heartfelt thank you notes since Election Night when Portland residents overwhelmingly voted to approve Measure 26-146. Here are just a few of the kind words that Portland’s arts, education and creative leaders had to say:
fasciculation buy phentermine yellow 30 mg familial juvenile nephrophthisis David Douglas Superintendent Don Grotting: Thank you for “making a difference in the lives of children throughout Portland.”
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buy clonazepam 2mg Portland State University President Wim Wiewel: “I’m proud to have had the opportunity to see this happen, after all-too-many-years.”
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Portland Youth Philharmonic Executive Director Kevin A. Lefohn: Take note Children of Portland”…this vote has “brought the arts back into your lives and into our hearts for years to come!”
Portland Elementary Music Teacher Val Barton Ellett: “From an elementary music teacher in Portland, to ALL of YOU… THANK YOU for bringing music and art back to elementary students!!”
Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray: “This work will help children in Portland for many years to come!!”
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In the days leading up to the election, the Schools & Arts Together Campaign reached a fever pitch of support and momentum. Nearly 200 volunteers canvassed tens of thousands of Portland homes, called more than 2,500 voters and bannered the Broadway, Burnside and Hawthorne bridges while more than 5,000 friends joined us on Facebook to get out the vote. When the preliminary election results were reported at 8pm on November 6th, we were not just celebrating the restoration of arts and music to Portland schools and access to art for every resident, we were reveling in the powerful impact of grassroots advocacy and the positive change that it can forge in our community.

20 days later the voter turnout is estimated at 81% in Multnomah County with 62% of voters (more than 175,000!) voting YES for Measure 26-146. Founded in 2008 with the establishment of the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN), this movement and the Schools & Arts Together Campaign have become powerful models of advocacy and collaboration.

There were many, many reasons to give thanks last week and more than 175,000 supportive citizens of Portland, working together to bring the arts to life in every classroom and community, were at the top of the list.

Thank you!

Fulfilling the promise.

While the successful culmination of the Schools & Arts Together campaign may have felt like the finish line for many, the passage of Measure 26-146 is only the beginning.

The City of Portland, Portland’s six school districts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) must now begin the important work of restoring arts and music programs to Portland schools and bringing the arts to life for every resident.

And over the next seven months, the Creative Advocacy Network will be working closely with this new alliance to fulfill this promise.

As 2012 comes to a close, the City of Portland will finalize its new contracts with Portland’s six school districts and RACC to meet the terms of Measure 26-146 as well as commissioning a new Independent Citizen Oversight Committee to oversee the Arts Education and Access Fund. Learn more about serving on the Arts Education and Access Fund Citizen Oversight Committee. And in the New Year, the Revenue Bureau will begin launching its collections program to give Portland residents the information and tools they need to comply with the law.

The Creative Advocacy Network will continue to advocate throughout this process while establishing a comprehensive baseline for arts education and access in Portland to serve as the foundation for annual research into the impact and results of Portland’s groundbreaking new Arts Education and Access Fund.

Have questions? Contact us at info@theArtsCAN.org and get the latest updates at Facebook.com/SchoolsArtsTogether.

Thank You Portland!

Last night, City of Portland voters passed ballot measure 26-146 to restore arts and music programs to Portland schools and fund the arts citywide.

Thank you Portland! Your support will bring the arts to life in every Portland classroom and community, ensuring that every Portland elementary school will once again provide arts education and that every Portland resident will have access to the creative riches of our beautiful city for years to come.

This proposal was years in the making with input and support from more than 10,000 people and more than 5,000 volunteer hours. Together we have built a movement and established a fund that we can be proud of. Thank you all for your time, your passion, your guidance, your energy and your belief that we can make this a city that we are deeply proud to call home.

When the school year begins next Fall, nearly 70 elementary school arts teachers will be sustainably funded, every elementary school student in Portland’s six school districts will be guaranteed an arts education and arts supplies, programs and field trips will be made available for all school-age children through grant funding to Portland’s schools and non-profits.

And finally, Portland’s non-profit arts organizations will have the public support they need to bring the arts to life for every Portland resident – providing free arts experiences, reaching underserved communities and developing imaginative community-based arts experiences for our children – all while continuing to shape our neighborhoods, fuel our economy, educate our children and bring us together.

In Portland, $35 goes a long way. Thank you for your investment in our City, in our children, and in our future.

We did it!!

Could it be your vote?

Our schools face many problems. It is rare to have the chance to actually fix one of them, affordably and accountably. With one vote, we can do something great – for our schools, for our kids, and for our community.

But we need your help: Turn your ballot in by 8:00 PM tonight with a YES! on #26-146 at a drop box near you. And contact your friends and family to be sure they vote!

Portland leaders say YES! on 26-146

Just a Few of the Educators, Community Leaders, Artists and Local Businesses Supporting 26-146!
Portland Association of Teachers

Centennial School Board of Education

David Douglas Education Association

Parkrose School Board

Parkrose Faculty Association

Oregon Education Association

Portland Public Schools Board of Education Director Martin Gonzalez

Centennial School Board of Education Director Kelly Morency

Portland Public Schools Board of Education Director Matt Morton

Parkrose School Board of Education Chair James Woods

Regional Arts & Culture Council

Centennial School Board of Education Chair Tim S. Cook, EdD

Mayor Sam Adams

Mayoral Candidate Charlie Hales

Mayoral Candidate Jefferson Smith

Former Portland City Commissioner Mike Lindberg

State Senator Chip Shields

State Representative Lew Frederick

Our Oregon

City Club of Portland Oregon


Music Millennium

Jackpot Records

Storm Large

Pink Martini

Modest Mouse

The Decemberists

Dan Wieden, Wieden+Kennedy

Gordon Sondland, Provenance Hotels/ The Aspen Companies

Nik Blosser, Chinook Book

Mark Edlen, Gerding Edlen

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)

See the entire list at SchoolsArtsTogether.com
See why teachers, community leaders and the organizations we trust agree: Yes on 26-146
“…a real solution…”
“ The loss of arts and music education represents a hole in the center of a well-rounded education for our children. Teachers support Measure 26-146 because it isn’t just a real solution to this problem; it is the only solution in sight.”
Gwen Sullivan
President, Portland Association of Teachers

“ …financially responsible…”
“ Measure 26-146 is carefully structured with input from schools, nonprofits and business leaders to do exactly what it says. It is accountable, financially responsible and a balanced approach to solving a real problem at a modest cost.”
Nik Blosser
President, Chinook Book

“…lead to improved test scores…”
“ Multiple studies show that arts and music education help lead to improved test scores and graduation rates. Arts education improves performance in other subjects like reading and math. Measure 26-146 will also help close the achievement gap in Portland’s schools.”
Carol R. Smith
Doctor of Educational Leadership

“… teach the art of innovation…”
“ If Portland fails to unleash the creativity of its children, if we refuse to see the importance of building a creative economy, we will have squandered both their future and ours. It is time to bring the arts back to where they once belonged. Measure 26-146 will allow our schools to teach the art of innovation.”
Dan Wieden
Co-Founder, Wieden + Kennedy

“… especially positive impact on families that struggle to get by…”
“ Measure 26-146 will have an especially positive impact on families that struggle to get by. Many of our neighbors cannot afford private lessons for their children or to go to a performance as a family. For $35, every Portland resident will have access to the arts in their classrooms and communities, and households at or below the federal poverty level will pay nothing.”
State Senator Chip Shields & State Representative Lew Frederick
North & Northeast Portland
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The Facts on Measure 26-146

From the City Club Report on Measure 26-146
The independent and non-partisan City Club of Portland issued a report on Measure 26-146.
Here are some of their findings:
“Incorporating arts education in the public schools is important to the educational mission of our community.”
“For students who are at risk of dropping out of school, the arts can serve as a spark that fires their interest and keeps them coming to school.”
“…the arts are currently underfunded to a significant degree in Portland, both in schools and in the greater community.”
“Local arts organizations make a significant contribution to the local economy and quality of life…”

“Measure 26-146 is a creative solution to a real problem.”

City Club of Portland report, 10/19/12

The Facts on Measure #26-146
Will Measure 26-146 restore arts and music education to elementary school students?
FACT: Measure 26-146 will ensure that every K-5 student at every Portland elementary school receives arts education each week by funding teachers at Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Portland Public, Reynolds and Riverdale school districts.
Why does 26-146 also fund arts organizations?
FACT: Measure 26-146 funds arts organizations to bring artists and musicians into classrooms, provide after school programs and field trips, and make arts supplies and instruments available. This funding will also support free access to the arts for every Portland resident.
Is 26-146 fair and affordable?
FACT: Measure 26-146 costs just $35 per year per income taxpayer above the poverty level. People at or below the poverty level pay nothing. But they gain a lot: Arts education has been shown to improve academic achievement and graduation rates for all kids – with an even greater impact among low-income students and students of color.
Can we count on it to deliver what it promises?
FACT: Measure 26-146 will be subject to annual audits and an Independent Citizen Oversight Committee that will regularly review fund expenditures and report the impact to the public. Every K-5 student will receive arts education each week and Portland residents will see a measurable increase in free access to arts and culture.

Help us get out the facts about Measure #26-146 to voters by volunteering with us for
Get Out The Vote on November 3rd & 4th, or joining
our phone banking team on Monday, November 5th.

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