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 aura soma world online reading , 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! order phentermine 37.5 mg Please RSVP to if you think you can make it on March 17th. buy klonopin online with prescription ACTION: Fill City Council Chambers is it legal to buy ambien in mexico WHY: Let City Council know that preserving RACC’s budget and support for the arts is important to you. carisoprodol 350 mg price WHEN: March 17th, 9:30 am
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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.

It is a victory! RACC’s budget passes

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.

The arts CAN and must live here.

Sample Letter to Portland City Commissioners

Not sure how to approach contacting the Portland City Council regarding supporting RACC’s budget? Here is a sample letter that will get you started. Sample Letter

It is important to send to: