“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.”
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.
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.
The Creative Advocacy Network, a new non-profit working towards a regional dedicated funding solution for the arts, is working hard to make sure that the Regional Arts and Culture Budget is preserved by Portland City Council. On March 12th at 2:00 RACC will be giving their “State of the Arts” presentation to Portland City Council and describing how last year’s investments in the arts benefitted the City. It is important that City Council see strong support and solidarity from the arts community.
The Arts CAN, and must live here. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you can make it on March 12th.
There will be time after RACC’s presentation for a few enthusiastic art supporters to testify. If you have interest in testifying about how RACC has helped you or your organization over the last year please send me an email at kathleen@TheArtsCAN.org.
Keep checking back to this site for direction and messaging about contacting the Portland City Commissioners later this month about supporting RACC’s FY09-10 budget and add packages.
CAN is a 501(c)3 organization established to mobilize Portland in support of a new public fund for the arts.