$75,000 for the cause with a little help from our friends

To Our Many Supporters:

As you may know, the City of Portland has generously supported CAN with significant annual investments and they are scheduled to invest $75,000 more on December 31st, if CAN meets our goals for the Fall and Winter of 2011.

To earn this critically important investment, CAN has accomplished some amazing things in the last five months. We have recruited more than 4,500 new supporters to the cause, engaged 63 volunteers, conducted outreach at nearly 80 events and inspired 60 arts and culture organizations to join the movement as members. All while putting the finishing touches on a ground-breaking new public fund for the arts that, when approved by Portland voters in 2012, will restore arts and music in our classrooms, increase support for the arts orgs and artists that keep Portland creative and offer meaningful opportunities to experience arts, culture and creativity city-wide.

But we are not done. The City has asked that we reach  febrifuge http://littlebabycompany.com/buy-phentermine-online-uk.php buy phentermine online uk Ferrein pyramid 1,500 Facebook fans and  http://www.dmassociatesllc.com/how-to-order-xanax-online-forum.php how to order xanax online forum 2,500 Twitter followers by New Years.

Please help. We will never meet these goals without you.

Step 1:    http://www.summitlaps.com/dogterra/summit/pack18/then8/ buying adipex online safe Please Like us on Facebook (http://www.Facebook.com/theArtsCAN) and Follow us on Twitter (http://Twitter.com/theArtsCAN).

Step 2:   where to buy alprazolam powder Please ask everyone you know to do the same. 

Step 3:   http://sandiegocgaux.org/division/Div1New/sander2/group4/ klonopin buy uk Please consider donating an incentive for our #CreativelyPDX Campaign. From December 8th through the 19th, CAN will be giving away free tickets and other prizes daily in a contest for Fans and Followers that retweet or share at least one post. Look for more from us soon on how you can join the conversation #CreativelyPDX.

Huge thanks for all that you do to make art happen here. For more info or to run a piece on #CreativelyPDX on your blog, website or newsletter, I can be reached at 503.781.8538 or jessica@theartscan.org.

In the meantime, I look forward to sharing our progress as we make new friends and keep the old…
Jessica Jarratt Miller
Executive Director
Creative Advocacy Network (CAN)

CAN Mail: April 2011 Edition

http://www.zeitcam.com/docs/assets/cam2/zeit4/ order phentermine 37.5 mg 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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CANpaign Update


The Creative Advocacy Network (theArtsCAN) was founded in 2008 to establish a new $15-20 million annual public fund for the arts with the understanding that the arts can inspire our kids, improve our schools, revitalize our neighborhoods and fuel the economy.

In just two short years, theArtsCAN has made great strides in our efforts to advocate for a new dedicated funding stream for the arts. Emboldened by two rounds of region-wide polling that reflect strong and growing support for a new public fund for the arts, theArtsCAN built an unprecedented tri-county coalition made up of 93 elected, business, arts and education leaders and finalized an investment plan to ensure that every child and community in our region will benefit from equitable access to arts and arts education.

As 2010 comes to a close, theArtsCAN has set our sights on the ballot as we finalize a groundbreaking proposal to bridge the public funding gap and bring the arts to life for every child and every community in the Portland Metropolitan Region.


When the City of Portland and Regional Arts & Culture Council renewed their support for theArtsCAN with a second investment of $100,000, they also challenged us to Build the Movement. And build we have.

Just four months into our $100,000 Outreach Challenge, theArtsCAN has met and exceeded nearly every goal – recruiting more than 1,000 new supporters, expanding our network with nearly 300 messengers and raising more than $5,000 in dues from a growing list of members. With just over $10,000 left to raise by December 31st from community donations, theArtsCAN movement is stronger than ever.

Our thanks go out to all 34 of our member organizations (which we proudly list at theArtsCAN.org), as well as the Flash Choir (pictured above), NW Dance Project, Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, Portland Art Dealers Association, Oregon Symphony, Mudeye Puppet Company, Art Spark by RACC, Community Music Center, Our Portland Story, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Wordstock, You Who and Portland Gay Men’s Chorus for supporting our outreach CANPAIGN.

If you would like your organization to be a Member of theArtsCAN or you’d simply like to donate to the cause, we welcome your support. Go to theArtsCAN.org and click Donate Now. Together we CAN!

New CANpaign AD!!!

The new, hot off the press, CANpaign AD!

The new, hot off the press, CANpaign AD!

The newest CANpaign AD!

The Creative Advocacy Network has released its newest ad featuring the fine work of the Northwest Dance Project during their performance at 1st Thursday in the Pearl on August 5th.  If you would like to include us, and we most certainly hope you do, in your email blast, print campaign, or your social media campaign our newest ad is here and ready.  Simply click on the image for the full size version.  We would like to thank Photographer Jason Savage for his great work in capturing these images and for designer Andrea Arbuckle for her great work in producing this advertisement for us.  To get in touch with us about this ad or any general questions at all please send us an email at: info@theartscan.org

Approved: A Spending Plan for CAN’s Proposed Public Fund

Yesterday, the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) Regional Steering Committee unanimously voted to approve a tri-county investment plan to ensure that every resident of our region enjoys equitable access to arts and culture and the economic development and educational benefits associated with a flourishing arts community for decades to come. With a proposed annual increase of $15-20 million in public funding, the investment plan would make arts and culture more accessible to underserved communities, increase participation, expand creative learning opportunities for school age children, seed new cultural activities and organizations and create greater access to the arts and culture region-wide.

“Because every dollar invested in the arts has a multiplying effect on economic development, this proposed investment in Clackamas County’s local arts and culture could be game-changing.” Said Ann Lininger, Clackamas County Commissioner and Regional Steering Committee Member.

The approved investment plan represents an unprecedented level of collaboration from the elected, business, arts and education leaders of the three counties that make up our metropolitan region. Agreed upon was:
•    A shared goal of equitable region-wide access to arts and culture and creative learning
•    Investments in a broad array of non-profit organizations, public sector programs and capital projects
•    81% of the fund to be disseminated in and by the county where the funds are raise d
•    19% of the fund to be pooled and disseminated by the Regional Arts & Culture Council to non-profit arts and cultural organizations that serve the region as a whole.

Yesterday’s unanimous approval was preceded by a months-long process involving public meetings and surveys that engaged 645 participants, two rounds of polling and the leadership and expertise of 93 arts, education, business and elected leaders in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties. “I love that this process has found a way to hear the voices of a wide variety of constituencies, and craft their feedback into something that can have deep and lasting impact on the region’s culture.” Comments Chris Coleman, CAN Board President and Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage.

Jerry Willey, Mayor of Hillsboro, welcomed the CAN Regional Steering Committee yesterday to the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. Led by Co- Chairs Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, and Washington County Board Commissioner Dick Schouten, as well as Executive Director, Jessica Jarratt, the meeting was attended by 51 elected officials and business, arts, education and community leaders.

CAN was launched in 2008 to establish a new regional $15-20 million dedicated annual stream of funding for arts and culture. For a more on CAN’s mission and leadership, please go to theartscan.org.

CAN’s Inaugural Annual Report is Here!

Please join us in celebrating the birth of this movement and the incredible strides that we’ve made towards the establishment of a new public fund for the arts and culture in our region with our 2009 Annual Report.  We could not have accomplished all that we have without you!

Your leadership and investments ensure that it is now no longer a question of if, but when the chance to experience arts and culture and learn through creativity will be an equal opportunity for every resident of our region.  Knowing as we do that access to arts and culture inspires, stimulates the economy, and increases educational outcomes, we can no longer wait to close the public funding gap that our arts and cultural institutions and their donors have worked so tirelessly to bridge.


And many thanks to Andrea Arbuckle who so beautifully designed this report for CAN.

Join Us at the Clackamas County Public Meeting on Wednesday

If you live or work in Clackamas County, we hope you will join us for Wednesday’s Public Discussion on the funding allocation plan for our proposed new public fund for the arts. See you at 3pm on Wednesday, April 28th at The Lakewood Center for the Arts (368 S. State St, Lake Oswego)!  RSVP at ClackRSVP@theartscan.org.

If you are unable to attend, you can read about what we will be discussing here and then please fill out our online survey.  Thank you!

Multnomah County Public Discussion – Tomorrow!!

If you live or work in Multnomah County, we hope you will join us for tomorrow’s Public Discussion on the funding allocation plan for our proposed new public fund for the arts. See you at 1pm on Tuesday, April 20th at The Armory (128 NW 11th Ave in Portland)!

If you are unable to make it, we will be posting the presentation and a survey on the website soon to gather your feedback.  Check back here!

Arts Advocacy Day – April 13

BodyVox -Foot Opera 2Tuesday, April 13 is the 23rd Annual National Arts Advocacy Day, organized by Americans for the Arts. “Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a broad cross-section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.” (Americans for the Arts)

To honor the day, CAN urges you to write to your County Commissioner and encourage them to support the arts and arts education in our communities.  Here is a sample letter to help you get started.

Multnomah County
Cogen, Jeff (County Chair) mult.chair@co.multnomah.or.us
Kafoury, Deborah (District 1) district1@co.multnomah.or.us
McKeel, Diane (District 4) district4@co.multnomah.or.us
Shiprack, Judy (District 3) district3@co.multnomah.or.us
Barbara Willer (District 2) district2@co.multnomah.or.us

Washington County
Brian, Tom (At Large) Chair election@co.washington.or.us
Rogers, Roy (District 3) cao@co.washington.or.us
Duyck, Andy (District 4) election@co.washington.or.us
Schouten, Dick (District 1) election@co.washington.or.us
Strader, Desari (District 2) Vice Chair election@co.washington.or.us

Clackamas County
Peterson, Lynn (Chair) Chair bcc@co.clackamas.or.us
Austin, Bob (Position 2) Vice Chair bcc@co.clackamas.or.us
Lininger, Ann (Position 3) bcc@co.clackamas.or.us
Lehan, Charlotte (Position 4) bcc@co.clackamas.or.us
Bernard, Jim (Position 5) bcc@co.clackamas.or.us

Also, email the Portland City Council to encourage them to renew their commitment to the arts.