Launching Portland’s new Arts Education & Access Fund

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Portland City Council Appoints Citizen Oversight Committee

On December 19, 2012, Portland City Council appointed an Independent Citizen Oversight Committee to monitor the investments and impact of the Arts Education & Access Fund. True to the spirit of Ballot Measure 26-146, this group of 20 volunteers consists of a wide range of people well versed in schools, arts non-profits, other oversight functions, and fiscal responsibility. Selected through a nomination and recruitment process led by Mayor Sam Adams’ office, more than 35 Portland citizens applied for the opportunity and 20 were selected.

Below are the names and brief bios of each member:

feline AIDS buy phentermine 37.5mg endoneurium Yulia Arakelyan-Performance artist, dancer -Disability community advocate -Co-Founder and Director of Wobbly, a dance theatre company

cheap 2mg xanax bars Oscar Arana-Director of Strategic Development, Native American Youth and Family Center -Board Member, Oregon Latino Agenda for Action and JustPortland -Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

buy klonopin 2mg Lionel Clegg-First grade teacher, Woodlawn Elementary (PPS, NE Portland) -Board member, Kukatonon African Dance Troupe
-Created after school group Boys of Distinction

provigil to buy online Jim Cox-Western Rivers Conservancy, Director of Donor Relations
-Former Manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust
-Former stage director, production manager, arts fundraiser and actor (CoHo Productions, Portland Opera, PIPFest) – Board Member, Third Rail Repertory Theatre

fatty alcohol buy phentermine 40 mg facies lateralis digiti manus Susan Denning-East Portland resident, Parkrose School District parent -Director of Programs and Events at Literary Arts -English Instructor at Marylhurst University, poet, writer ambien buy mail order Victoria Dinu-Student, Portland State University (Grant HS graduate) -Former Portland Rose Festival Queen (2010-11)
-Violinist, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Phil -First Stop Portland, Student Ambassador

ambien online express delivery Erika Foin-Managing Director, Oregon Executive MBA (U of O, Portland) -Composer and oboe player -Worked and trained at New England Conservatory -Degrees from Lewis & Clark College and the University of Minnesota -Lives in North Portland – children attend Beach Elementary

Alina Harway-Communications and Research Manager, Our Oregon -Former MS and HS English teacher, private music teacher -Volunteer, Write Around Portland, Oregon Volunteers

Kimberly Howard-Oregon Cultural Trust Manager -North Portland resident -BCA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee -Actress (Sojourn Theatre, Artists Rep, Miracle Theatre, Profile Theatre)

Kevin Jones-Founder, Board Member, Red Door Project (exploring equity issues in Portland through arts)
-Actor, director
 -Executive Coach

Carter MacNichol-Managing Partner, Shiels Obletz Johnsen
-Oregon Zoo Bond Oversight Committee member
-Former Director, Real Estate Management, Port of Portland -Former Board Member, Portland Children’s Museum

Alyssa Macy-Development Specialist, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
-Co-Director of NVison, a youth media justice project focused on developing media skills for tribal youth
 -Former Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Communications Manager
 -Former Wisconsin Statewide Tribal Liaison

Juan Martinez-Development Director, Basic Rights Oregon -North Portland resident

Cherie-Anne May-Principal of Gilbert Heights Elementary, Music Coordinator, David Douglas School District
-Former Music teacher, Gifted & Talented Program Coordinator, David Douglas -Board Member, Metropolitan Youth Symphony-East Portland resident

Steven Nance-Member, Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission 
-Retired from Intel, now works in venture funding

Stanley Penkin (Co-Chair)
-Comprehensive Plan Update and Portland Plan Community Involvement Committee member; Extensive public committee involvement in Portland and Scarsdale, NY
 -Board Member, Pearl District Neighborhood Association 
-Co-founder, Oregon artPAC
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Chip Shields-State Senator for North/Northeast Portland -Workforce development professional -Founding Executive Director, Better People

Gwen Sullivan-President, Portland Association of Teachers -Portland Public Schools librarian, teacher and parent

Mark Wubbold-Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the President at Portland State University
 -Former Theatre Arts faculty at Mt. Hood and Clackamas Community Colleges -Former co-manager of ARTSplash, a Federal Department of Education funded arts integration teacher training collaboration between PSU’s Graduate School of Education and Portland Public Schools

Anita Yap (Co-Chair)
-SE Portland resident -Community organizer and volunteer, East Portland Action Plan -Training Coordinator, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Oregon Health Authority -Consultant and Program Manager Mercy Corps NW, VISTA Oregon Asset Building Corps -Chair of the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council -Co-Chair of the Charter Commission -Board member APANO

It’s Official Contracts Approved

On Wednesday, December 19th, Portland City Council took its first major steps toward the launch of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund by voting to approve contracts with Portland’s six school districts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and to appoint a Citizen Oversight Committee.
Council approved Intergovernmental Agreements between the City and Portland school districts. Annual audits will ensure that schools comply with all of the requirements of the new ballot measure. RACC gained new responsibilities with the passage of the Arts Education & Access Fund including arts education oversight, as Portland schools restore certified art and music teachers to elementary schools and build their arts curricula. RACC also will shepherd grants to qualified non-profit arts organizations and design a new grant-making program for schools and non-profits to increase arts access. Finally, Council approved the new Citizen Oversight Committee, which will watch over the districts and RACC as they implement the intent of the ballot measure.

Due annually beginning April 2013, Portland’s new $35 income tax for income-earning adult residents of Portland (and exempting any taxpayer under the federal poverty limit), will generate $12.2 million in annual net revenue. 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 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.

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Hello 2013! 13 Reasons to Celebrate the New Year

Hello 2013! 13 Reasons to Feel Great about the Next Twelve Months

With the launch of Portland’s groundbreaking new Arts Education & Access Fund, the New Year is looking bright. To celebrate, we thought we’d share 13 reasons to feel great about the next twelve months.

13.  Because on November 6th, City of Portland voters overwhelmingly passed ballot measure 26-146 to restore arts and music programs to Portland schools and fund the arts citywide.

12.  Because national research links access to arts and music education to improved test scores, graduation rates and college admittance, particularly for lower-income students and students at risk. And, with the establishment of the Arts Education & Access Fund, Portland has ensured that every K-5 student in Portland’s public schools will have access to an arts education.

11.  Because cities with thriving arts and culture communities attract businesses, develop a creative workforce and create economic development opportunities across multiple sectors. Portland’s downtown and Pearl District neighborhood just made America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces of 2013.

10.  Because Portland’s publicly supported non-profit arts organizations will provide more than 2 million transformational arts experiences in 2013 with nearly half of those experiences offered free of charge.

9.  Because the arts can give a lost child a compass and here in Portland, every child will have access to the arts.

8.  Because certified, in-school arts and music instruction is the cornerstone of a complete arts education, providing students with the opportunity to develop skills in creative and critical thinking, collaborating, and communicating. When school starts in the Fall of 2013, the Arts Education & Access Fund will sustainably support as many as 70 certified arts educators in Portland’s elementary schools.

7.  Because every creative mecca needs a Creative Laureate and in 2013, the City of Portland will celebrate our first: Photographer Julie Keefe.

6.  Because a complete arts and music education includes instruction by in-school teachers, arts experiences such as field trips and artist residencies, and arts integration in core subject areas. The Arts Education & Access Fund will invest in all three to ensure that Portland’s young people have access to a complete arts and music education.

5.  Because the non-profit arts and culture industry fuels our region with more than $253 million in annual economic activity.

4.  Because providing arts and music education for all students at the elementary school level ensures each student, regardless of means and background, is given equal opportunity to develop skills and grow, and that some students are not disadvantaged in this area as they enter middle school and high school. The Arts Education & Access Fund will ensure that every public elementary school student in Portland enjoys these opportunities equally.

3.  Because Portland’s non-profit arts organizations will now 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 and bring us together.

2.  Because the Arts Education & Access Fund will ensure that every child has the opportunity to play an instrument, hold a paintbrush, and visit the museum, and that the riches of Portland’s creative community are available to all of our citizens.

1. Because we love where we live.

Coming Soon…

Portland City Council closed 2012 by taking some important steps to finalize the establishment of the Arts Education & Access Fund. Later this month, we’ll introduce you to the inaugural members of the Citizen Oversight Committee and share some important highlights from the new partnership agreements the City has now forged with Portland’s six school districts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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