CAN Mail: July 2011 Edition

 

A few of our Facebook fans.

Just a few of our more than 1,000 Facebook fans.

Achieving Our Goal. With a little help from our friends and fans.

Mobilizing a community as broad and diverse as ours is a big job and CAN owes our social media friends and fans a huge debt of gratitude for embracing the cause and spreading the word. In just 12 months, CAN’s social media network has exploded with an 8000% increase in active daily users on our Facebook page and twice the number of fans. We’ve also seen a remarkable increase not only in followers on Twitter, but in re-tweeting, which exponentially expands our reach as we advocate at the top of our lungs for more and better support for the arts—in our classrooms and our communities.

Find out about our latest achievements, the next steps in our plan and share our vision: Friend us Facebook.com/theArtsCAN and follow us on Twitter.com/theArtsCAN.

Together we can help Portland to reach our true creative and cultural potential by 2012.

We Need You…to Join the Movement. Sign up TODAY to Volunteer.

 

Its summertime in Portland, a season when weekly outdoor concerts and arts festivals draw tens of thousands to experience the joy and power of the arts.

With Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival electrifying The Armory, The Allure of the Automobile revving up the Portland Arts Museum and the Oregon Symphony preparing for another blockbuster Concert at Waterfront Park, there are few people in Portland who won’t benefit from the impact of public funding for the arts this summer.

Now more than ever, CAN relies on our volunteer army to spread the word and build support. Your time, skills, and expertise are invaluable as we work to increase public funding for the arts. RSVP Today for our next Volunteer Orientation and help CAN make it happen!

Join us for our next volunteer orientation, and we’ll give the first 10 people in the door free passes to visit the Portland Art Museum!
(Passes valid for entry after 9/18/2011 only.)

CAN Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, August 16th: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland
RSVP: keith@theArtsCAN.org or (503) 961-3142

CAN Volunteers

CAN’s volunteers are key to building the movement!

Elly Baldwin

Elly Baldwin on the opening night of her show at the Blackfish Gallery.
(Photo: Jason Savage)
Our volunteers make the difference. Meet Elly Baldwin.

CAN is pleased to welcome Elly Baldwin: our newest Outreach Volunteer who’s dedication and enthusiasm has already brought hundreds of new supporters to the movement for a new sustainable funding source for the arts in Portland.

Elly grew up attending public school in the Beaverton School District where she had the opportunity to take art classes from an early age. She also comes from a musical household, her father Ken Baldwin played in the Oregon Symphony from 1985 until shortly before his death in 2008, and her mother gives private piano lessons.

She counts herself lucky to have been exposed to so many musical and artistic experiences as a child and to have had the opportunity to continue to develop her love of art at Lewis & Clark College, where she graduated in 2011 with a Studio Art BA, concentrating in painting. Her first show is currently being held at Blackfish Gallery through July 30, 2011.

When asked why she chose CAN, Elly says, “I am thrilled to be volunteering with CAN because I think everyone, especially children, should have these kinds of creative opportunities.”

To join Elly and become a CAN Outreach Volunteer,  contact Keith Daly, Outreach Coordinator at

keith@theArtsCAN.org or call (503) 961-3142.
Our Creativity-Rich Economy. Americans for the Arts looks at Multnomah County’s creative industries.
 

As of January 2011, Multnomah County is home to 3,334 arts-related businesses that employ 15,720 people, reports 
Americans for the Arts. In fact, creative industries account for 6.88 percent of the 48,474 total businesses located in Multnomah County and 3.73 percent of the 421,144 total people employed.
 
Comprised of nonprofit arts organizations and for-profit businesses in film, architecture, and advertising, these arts-centric ventures play an important role in building and sustaining Multnomah County’s economic vibrancy. They employ a creative workforce, spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development.
 
In Multnomah County and across the nation, the arts do, in fact, mean business.
 
 

Vista House, copyright McD22 flickr.com

Multnomah County’s 3,334 arts-related businesses employ 3.73 percent of our workforce.

CAN Mail: April 2011 Edition


Portland becomes CAN’s first step. While continuing the region-wide conversation for sustainable arts funding.

On behalf of our region-wide arts, culture and creative community, our thanks go out to you for lending your voice and your vision to our effort to increase public funding for the arts across the Portland Metropolitan Area. We have generated tremendous momentum and made ground-breaking progress towards the establishment of a new stable and dedicated public funding stream for the arts and you have helped us to chart the course for a fund that will strengthen the creative capacity of our communities and our classrooms for years to come.

With 18 months of awareness raising, public input and advocacy under our belts, CAN’s approach to increasing public funding for the arts across the region has evolved to leverage our greatest strengths and opportunities in an economic environment that has proved challenging. Today, we believe that the path to long-term region-wide public funding starts at the local level. With the strong support of the City of Portland, CAN will begin here and has pledged to bring a new stable and dedicated funding stream for the arts to Portland by the end of 2012.

While CAN takes on a more local focus, we know that there is still much to be gained by continuing the region-wide conversation and the pursuit of equitable region-wide access to arts and cultural experiences and creative learning opportunities. To inspire your continued support and engagement, whether or not you live in, work in or visit the City of Portland, CAN will continue keeping you up-to-date on our progress towards a new dedicated public funding stream as well as any critical advocacy updates and regional engagement opportunities. Your investment in the creative and cultural capacity of our region will have a lasting impact. We hope you will continue to support CAN’s efforts as we prepare to take a giant step forward for the arts in the City of Portland.

CAN is pleased to announce the release of our 2010 Annual Report. Read about the gains we’ve made in fulfilling our mission.

Just a few of the highlights:

CAN is on track to double our base of support for the third year in a row! We’ve made ground-breaking progress towards establishing a stable new funding source. And in 2010, CAN inspired 93 arts, education, civic and business leaders to create an innovative tri-county arts investment plan, 645 residents to participate in public meetings and surveys and 2,242 new supporters to join the movement.

Email info@theArtsCAN.org for your electronic or hard copy.

The impact of cutting arts education for children: Less participation in the arts as adults.

In 2008, the National Endowment for the Arts conducted a Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. The final report of this survey, which includes comparison data for similar studies conducted in 1982, 1992 and 2002, presents a wealth of information on arts and culture attendance rates over the past twenty-five years.

Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation looks at data from 1982 through 2008 to discover that adults who took childhood classes in at least one art form were about 50% more likely to attend a “benchmark” arts event, compared with adults who took no childhood arts classes. Noting that budget constraints in recent years and a shift in emphasis toward “basic” subjects have led to a decline in public school arts instruction since the late 1970’s, the authors hypothesize that the current decline in the number of young adults participating in the arts may be “in large measure the result of cuts in school-based arts instruction.”

The report also finds that this decline has been sharper for Americans whose parents are less educated. For example, rates of participation in arts classes for children whose parents’ highest level of educational attainment is less than a high school diploma, declined from 54% to 13% from 1982-2008. SPPA data also reveals a large race/ethnicity gap in childhood arts learning. In 1992, nearly 44% of young African Americans had taken arts classes when they were children. By 2008, that percentage fell to 28%, a 16-point decline compared to a 7-point decline for whites, 60% of whom reported having had some arts training in school. (Abridged from an article by Arts Consulting Group)
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CAN Mail: March 2011 Edition

PHAME Academy opened RACC’s State of the Arts Report (Photo by Jason Savage)
Your Support made the annual State of the Arts Report SING! We love our CAN Mob.

Thanks to the tremendous turnout for RACC’s State of the Arts Report at Portland City Hall, March 9th was a landmark day for the arts. Not only did over 200 supporters heed our call to action to celebrate the City’s investment in arts and culture, but PHAME Academy students and artist Kelly Williams embodied the message with their performance and work.

Never has Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” been performed with so much, well, heart and Williams’ Recovery Panes perfectly reflected the healing power of creative expression and community.
Thank you, Portland, for keeping the drumbeat pounding as we build our movement to establish a new public fund for the arts.

Join the Movement; and see more images at
Facebook.com/theArtsCAN.

Portland City Council Members Salute RACC & CAN After a Remarkable State of the Arts Report:

Mayor Sam Adams:

“I just want to underscore, this is a city council priority and every single person [on the City Council]…has been stalwart in their support of the arts… I feel like we’ve only just begun to realize our potential…Thanks to the great leadership of the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the great team and the great leadership of the Creative Advocacy Network.”

Commissioner Nick Fish:

“Seems like you keep lifting the bar…And as a council, we’re proud to be supporting your work. Every time we pick up the paper, we read about a proposed federal cut…and increasingly, there’s a feeling we cannot control the cuts coming down the pike that will influence everything we do and that makes it even more important to seize it locally and invest in the regional strategy.”

Commissioner Amanda Fritz:

“…the work you’re doing does touch…hearts and minds and I’m grateful for your emphasis on equity…this endeavor speaks to us all and I celebrate the progress you’ve made… and the fabulous turnout today.”

Commissioner Randy Leonard:

“…this has been really enjoyable and it’s been a very powerful presentation. I’ve appreciated it.”

Commissioner Dan Saltzman:

“I want to say thank you to RACC and CAN and keep it up.”


Slow Down and Enjoy the Arts New iPhone App Captures Portland’s Public Art Perfectly

Public Art PDX is a new iPhone app developed by Matt Blair of Elsewhere Media, which showcases the rich and diverse collection of Public Art around the city of Portland. As you walk the city, open it up to learn more about the art around you; or find art in places you may have missed before!

The map view shows the location of more than 400 works of art in the metro area, from historic statues and fountains to photography, architectural integrations and murals created this year.

To learn more about it, check out the not-to-be-missed video announcing it, then download it at iTunes.

Who’s That Arts Enthusiast?

Opportunity and access to benefit from arts & culture programs for all Oregonians.
The Arts Need You by Liz Fuller,
Executive Director of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition

While public funding for the arts has remained stable at the local level, budget deficits loom and vital programs are on the chopping block at the federal and state level. Following is an update from Liz Fuller, Executive Director of the
Cultural Advocacy Coalition.

FEDERAL

Addressing the federal deficit is a major priority in DC. With the shift in Congress, several proposals have emerged that would cut the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For Oregon, the cuts could mean a reduction as high as 25% in federal funds to the Oregon Arts Commission. The situation changes daily.

What can you do? Contact your Senators and members of Congress and urge them to oppose these cuts. Visit
capwiz.com/artsusa for assistance in finding and composing a message for your representatives.

STATE

In Oregon, state legislators are faced with the challenging task of plugging a $3.5 billion deficit, or 20% of the general fund. In early February, Governor Kitzhaber released his proposed budget for 2011-2013. From now to early June, legislators in the House and Senate will make counter proposals, and eventually settle on a compromise.

This year’s statewide advocacy priorities include:
  • Protect public investment in the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
  • Expand the Oregon Production Investment Fund tax credit program, set to automatically expire on January 1, 2012.
  • Pass legislation to protect the Oregon Cultural Trust. Elected officials on both sides of the political aisle are standing up for the Cultural Trust, and two bills have been drafted. Efforts are also underway to invest the Trust funds with State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.
  • Play offense and defense on a number of policy items that have an impact to arts and culture.
What can you do? Sign up to attend our Regional Advocacy Trip to the Capital on April 6. Send an email to
info@oregonculture.org.