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.
Not 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:
“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.”
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And thank you to the Portland City Council and to all of our supporters! Together we CAN!
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