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.