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 buy soma online uk the arts can phentermine 37.5 mg tablet online 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 buy klonopin overnight strong and growing support for a new public fund for the arts, theArtsCAN built an buy klonopin 2mg unprecedented tri-county coalition made up of 93 elected, business, arts and education leaders and finalized an buy phentermine from canada 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, buy soma online cheap 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, 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 and click Donate Now. Together we 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

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)
Kafoury, Deborah (District 1)
McKeel, Diane (District 4)
Shiprack, Judy (District 3)
Barbara Willer (District 2)

Washington County
Brian, Tom (At Large) Chair
Rogers, Roy (District 3)
Duyck, Andy (District 4)
Schouten, Dick (District 1)
Strader, Desari (District 2) Vice Chair

Clackamas County
Peterson, Lynn (Chair) Chair
Austin, Bob (Position 2) Vice Chair
Lininger, Ann (Position 3)
Lehan, Charlotte (Position 4)
Bernard, Jim (Position 5)

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

Let your voice be heard!

As you may know, the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) is working to introduce a groundbreaking new $15-20 million regional public fund for the arts for voter approval in 2011 or 2012.

Why? Because throughout our region, the arts shape our neighborhoods, expand our educational opportunities, fuel our economy and spark our creativity. And yet, our current public funding system has left tens of thousands of children and dozens of communities without equitable access to the arts.

CAN’s goal is to increase our region’s investment in the broad swath of programs and providers that bring arts and cultural experiences to life for 235,000 school children, 1.5 million residents and 25 cities across the region – to ensure that our children and their children will have the opportunity to experience the arts and learn through creativity in their classrooms and in their communities, no matter what their income-level or neighborhood.

But before we ask the residents of our region to invest in a new fund for the arts, approximately $1 more per month in new taxes, CAN must finalize the plan to allocate these funds.

To ensure that the funding priorities you hold dear are addressed and to gather your input and feedback on the funding allocation model, we hope you will attend one of the three Public Discussions to be held in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

Please RSVP for the Public Meeting in your county and spread the word. Together we CAN!

MapMultnomah County Public Discussion
Tuesday, April 20, 1-3pm
Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Washington County Public Discussion
Wednesday, April 21, 1-3pm
Washington County Museum
17677 NW Springville Rd
Portland OR 97229

Clackamas County Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 28, 3-5pm
Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

CAN Thanks Portland City Council

CAN would like to thank the Portland City Council and all of its supporters, members, and volunteers for making March 17th a landmark day in the history of CAN.

Flash ChoirNot only did over 220 supporters heed our call to action to come to Portland City Hall, but after a remarkable report from RACC’s Eloise Damrosch and Carole Morse and testimony from Roger Hinshaw, president of Bank of America Oregon; Holly Wilson, teacher at Rigler Elementary; Kim Stafford, poet; Jack Graves, Chief Cultural Officer for Burgerville; Elane Calder, Executive Director of the Oregon Symphony; Kiera Brinkley, a Benson High junior; and our own Executive Director, Jessica Jarratt, the City Council publicly championed and encouraged CAN’s efforts.

Here’s what they had to say:

City Council President Nick Fish:

“Here’s my commitment as one of the five members of the Council…When Jessica and CAN blow the bugle and rally the community towards the larger goal of dedicated funding for the arts, I will join with her and the mayor and the regional coalition that she put together to fight for that funding.  The case has been made.  It is time we went to the voters and asked for their support.”

Commissioner Dan Saltzman:Portland City Council

“I will do all that I can to help the Creative [Advocacy] Network’s proposed funding strategy.”

Mayor Sam Adams:

“The best days for Portland’s arts and culture communities are ahead of us.  And I said five years ago when I took over the helm of being the arts commissioner for the city of Portland that the arts and culture, heritage, preservation, history community in Portland was the worst organized demographic, social advocacy group in the city of Portland and it is now one of the best and that is a huge, huge change.”

Commissioner Amanda Fritz:

“This is wonderful…Thank you RACC for supporting so many professionals in the community and also so many volunteer projects.  It’s heartwarming to see how this community has pulled together in the worst recession of my lifetime.”

To read more about the event, please visit:

And thank you to the Portland City Council and to all of our supporters!  Together we CAN!

Email the City Council and encourage them to continue to support the arts in Portland:

RACC State of the Arts at City Hall March 17 – RSVP Here!

On March 17 at 9:30 am, the Regional Arts & Culture Council will present the State of the Arts Address to the Portland City Council. Last year, more than 200 arts supporters packed City Hall for this event to show our massive and unwavering support for the City’s annual investment in the arts. In 2009, this advocacy effort resulted in a 14.7% increase in public funding for the arts. It’s time to do it again!

Please RSVP to if you think you can make it on March 17th.

ACTION: Fill City Council Chambers
WHY: Let City Council know that preserving RACC’s budget and support for the arts is important to you.
WHEN: March 17th, 9:30 am
WHERE: Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Other ways you can help:

  • Pass this link on to everyone you know and encourage them to come out on March 17th.
  • Help us phone-bank the week before.  Email if you are interested.
  • Greet attendees, pass out information, and answer questions at City Hall on March 17th.  Email if you are interested.
  • Nominate a persuasive, well-spoken local arts advocate to testify to City Council at the end of the meeting. Email with ideas.

CAN Enters Fall with a Fury

Dear Friends & Supporters,

CAN is making great strides! 

With your support, we’re pleased to report that CAN gained serious momentum this summer toward the goal of establishing a $15-$20 million annual public fund for the arts and arts education in our region within the next 2-5 years. 

We’re excited to share with you some of the summer’s highlights:

  • Jessica Jarratt was hired to serve as CAN’s first full-time Executive Director on July 1stRead More…
  • Madeline Turnock, APR, was hired as CAN’s communications and outreach director.
  • First Wieden + Kennedy, and now GBD Architects, generously donated office space to launch the movement.
  • More than 55 volunteers were recruited to reach out to tens of thousands of arts supporters at events from TBA to Art in the Pearl and more.
  • More than 75 volunteer hours were logged in August alone.
  • A Membership Campaign was launched raising nearly $20,000 in two weeks from arts organizations across the region.
  • A 50-person Regional Steering Committee was built to finalize the structure of the proposed new fund by this coming winter.
  • The Oregonian shared our story and the results of our recent poll.   Read More…
  • Your investments fueled our efforts and advanced the cause and more of you continue to join us as members every day with a commitment of $10/month at

And, to think, it was just last spring when the Creative Action Plan (“Act for Art”) for the Portland Metropolitan region – a bold region-wide vision for arts and culture – was formed from the input of 1,500 participants.

What’s up next?  Stay tuned for new additions to CAN’s board of directors and next month’s launch of the Regional Steering Committee.

Poll Results Show Clear Voter Support for the Arts

Voters Understand Arts Funding Challenges and Are Willing To Step Up

PORTLAND, Ore. – Sept. 7, 2009 – Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) released polling results today that show voter resolve to continue attending, supporting and funding the region’s arts and culture in expanded ways.

“The economic crisis helped crystallize public priorities and funding in the minds of voters, and the result is an even stronger commitment to invest in the arts and arts education,” said Jessica Jarratt, CAN executive director. “Meanwhile, we also have a more galvanized arts community.”

Overall, the poll shows a significant jump in positive public opinion and understanding of the important role and need for increased funding of arts and culture in the community

Key findings of the poll include:

 Voters strongly support providing dedicated funding to support the arts in the region and are willing to pay for it. For example, more than two-thirds of voters believe that arts are a necessity, not a luxury, and 74% believe that dedicated arts funding is necessary, up 4% from 2008. And, another 70% of regional voters are willing to pay $1 more per month toward a dedicated public fund for the arts, despite widespread economic concerns.

 Voters continue to attend arts and cultural events and view them as critical to the Portland Metropolitan region’s quality of life and economic well-being. For example, 51% believe that arts and culture helps fuel creativity and innovation crucial to our economy.

 Voters are increasingly concerned that there will be fewer opportunities to enjoy arts and arts education in the region. For example, 71% understand that arts education in schools is being cut.

The latest poll was intended to reveal any shifts in public sentiment that may have taken place since a similar poll conducted in October 2008.

The poll, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin & Associates, gauged the opinions of 400 voters within the Portland Metropolitan tri-county area during May 2009, with a margin of error +/- 4.9 percent. Of the 400 voters that surveyed by phone, 150 were in Multnomah County, 125 were in Clackamas County and 125 were in Washington County.

The Portland metro area’s local arts organizations receive less than two percent of their budgets from local government sources, compared to a five percent national average, according to research by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Read more in today’s Oregonian:

View or download ‘Polling Summary PDF‘.