“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.”
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:
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 theartscan.org.
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.
Portland City Council approved the FY10 city budget with a $4,325,300 allocation to the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), including whole funding for most RACC programs. The budget, which was approved 5-0, also includes additional one-time funds for the Creative Advocacy Network to deliver a regional, sustainable dedicated funding solution for arts and culture funding; The Right Brain Initiative to support integrated arts education programs; and fulfillment of the City’s $190,000 pledge to the Artists Repertory Theatre to help pay for ADA accessibility improvements in their new theater.
For all of you who packed Portland City Council chambers, and sent post cards and emails urging City Council to pass RACC’s budget request, thank you. There is no doubt that the demonstration of support by the arts community, businesses and parents who spoke out about the importance of the arts and arts education made all the difference.
In this region, creativity is a part of everything we do, everything we are. Over the past 22 months, more than 1,500 citizens participated in the “Regional Creative Capacity Project,” an assessment of the region’s stengths and weaknesses when it comes to culture, creativity and the arts. This Action Plan is the culmination of the regional research. http://www.creativecapacity.org/media/uploads/RACC_Act.pdf
How can we expand access to the inspiration, education and entertainment that our creative community provides?
How can we better support existing institutions, organizations, artists and businesses that contribute to our creative vitality?
How can we grow the creative community and its continued advocacy?
With your help, we can continue answering these questions and more.
On Monday April 13th Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten, and Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette will be holding a regional Town Hall on transforming how we fund the arts and arts education.
You are encouraged to attend and bring others who are interested in the arts.
The program will cover the release of the Regional Creative Action Plan, tips for arts organizations in this economic crisis, and the official launch of the Creative Advocacy Network on what you can do to help establish a $15-$20 million dedicated regional fund for the arts.
Supporters of the arts in the Portland region turned out in full force at the March 12 City Council hearing where the Regional Arts and Culture Council presented their State of the Arts address. Council chambers were packed – 200 seats filled plus standing room only in the balcony!
Powerful testimony was presented by a variety of supporters, including CAN’s Board Chair Chris Coleman (Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage). See Chris’ reading of the CANifesto – developed by Portland’s own North.com.
CAN is a 501(c)3 organization established to mobilize Portland in support of a new public fund for the arts.