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Tuesday, April 23rd is Arts and Culture Advocacy Day!

Can you join the Cultural Advocacy Coalition in Salem on Tuesday, April 23rd for Arts & Cultural Advocacy Day? Join advocates from around the state with a strong showing of support for public funding of arts, heritage, humanities and cultural organizations in Oregon. 

Our current legislative session will be halfway over and it is now time to connect with legislators and urge them to:
1) Renew the cultural tax credit that funds Oregon’s Cultural Trust
2) Keep the special assessments that protect historic property
3) Adequately fund the budgets of the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the State Office of Historic Preservation
4) Provide lottery backed bonds for capital construction projects supporting culture across the state.

Please register for Arts & Culture Advocacy Day by April 12th. The day will give you a chance to meet leaders from other cultural organizations, see cultural performances, receive advocacy training from experienced professionals, and help you petition your elected officials to include arts and culture in policy and budgeting priorities.

We hope to see you there! If you haven’t yet become a member of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, we also urge you to do so. We are the only group advocating on these issues statewide for Oregonians.

Best,

Sue Hildick,
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

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Your Voice Is Needed to Continue the Cultural Trust Tax Credit!

Your Voice Is Needed to Continue the Cultural Trust Tax Credit!

Hello Friends of Arts and Culture in Oregon!  The time to engage with policymakers is now!

We’ve been preparing for all the action in the 2019 legislative session and the opening move is coming on Monday, February 18th when the House Committee of Economic Development will hold a hearing on HB 2052 — a bill to extend the sunset on the cultural tax credit for the next ten years.  We hope you will contact your legislators to encourage them to support HB 2052 and to share with them the priority that you and other Oregonians put on access to creative expression in this state. 

Oregon is unique in the Nation in having the Cultural Trust but we are far from the $200 million fund that was originally envisioned.  We need to collectively raise our voices in support of building this fund and using tax incentives to help do it — remember dollars in the Cultural Trust are distributed to every county and to tribal partners.  This tax credit is an important engagement tool for this state and critical to our cultural ecosystem.  Please add your voice!  Best — Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Send your support letter for HB 2052 in by Friday, February 15th to:  [email protected]


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2019 is Critical for Arts and Culture Funding in Oregon

2019 is Critical for
Arts and Culture Funding in Oregon.

The month of December was busy for members of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition who were showcasing their holiday shows, exhibits, and events for Oregonians.  In addition, several of our board members traveled to Salem in December to share our funding priorities with Governor Kate Brown.  Together we face a critical year ahead in 2019 in that the cultural tax credit is set to expire and we are advocating for its renewal.

The month of December was busy for members of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition who were showcasing their holiday shows, exhibits, and events for Oregonians. In addition, several of our board members traveled to Salem in December to share our funding priorities with Governor Kate Brown. Together we face a critical year ahead in 2019 in that the cultural tax credit is set to expire and we are advocating for its renewal.

We are also advocating for renewal of important tax assessments on historic properties in Oregon, and several capital construction projects funded with lottery bonds representing small community theaters as well as major performing arts centers and museums.  We need every legislator to hear from the Coalition and our members about the need to support creative expression in this state and making sure every corner of Oregon has access to culture with the help of public funding.

The cultural community can’t be passive about our future. We can’t adopt a “wait and see” approach—or we will be overcome by other organizations, interests and influencers seeking public dollars. If you care about the future of our cause, we need you to add your voice to our message:  the Coalition will AMPLIFY that voice by showing strong statewide membership and support for public funding for arts and culture.

Take the time to act now. Please join us and learn how to get involved in 2019 by visiting our website at www.oregonculture.org.

Best,
Sue Hildick
Executive Director

P.S.  The cultural tax credit renewal is HB 2052; the extension of historical preservation assessments is SB 48.


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Oregon is one of the “Lucky 13” Pro-Arts States

Hi Friend of Arts and Culture in Oregon:

I’m pleased to share that Oregon is one of the “Lucky 13” states in the nation in which all 5 of our U.S. House members and both of our Senators received excellent pro-arts grades in the 2018 Congressional Arts Report Card published by the Americans for the Arts ACTION Fund.  Even better news:  Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was the only Member of Congress to receive a perfect score!

Congress currently appropriates just 47 cents per person to support the arts across the country.  Yet a majority of Americans agree that Congress should double funding for the arts to $1 per person.  We still have work to do both at the state and federal level and Oregon’s Cultural Advocacy Coalition is here to help raise visibility of the cultural sector and to advocate for deeper access to the arts for all Oregonians.

Please join us in thanking the Oregon congressional delegation for their strong support!

Best — Sue Hildick

PS – Showing I’m a rookie, my last email blast was my first at the Coalition and contained a broken link.  Here is the photo it was supposed to have.  I look forward to meeting you!


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Sue Hildick New Cultural Advocacy Coalition Executive Director

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Subject: Goodbye and Hello
Date: 23 Jul 2018

Dear Friends,
It has been a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition since 2011 and it is time for me to transition to new opportunities for service to my community and state. This role has allowed me to support creative work, community engagement, historic preservation and Oregon culture in the Oregon Legislature. With your help, we have protected and modernized the Oregon Cultural Trust, expanded investment in cultural infrastructure, protected Oregon’s percent for art program and supported the health of our sector in policy and funding bills at every opportunity. Thank you to the cultural community for your tireless commitment to your work, but also for your advocacy, community engagement and friendship.

As I prepare to move on, I am happy to report I am leaving you in truly excellent hands. The Coalition board has hired a new Executive Director and a new lobbyist to serve your interests in Salem. Paul Cosgrove a veteran lobbyist with ties to the Coalition’s formation, will lead the Coalition’s efforts to renew the Historic Property Special Assessment program and the tax credit that funds the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2019. You will meet him during next year’s advocacy day, if not sooner and I am confident you will find him knowledgeable, engaging and effective.

Sue Hildick will take over as Executive Director on September 1. Sue comes to the Coalition with substantial nonprofit and political experience and will be getting up to speed on the intricacies of the cultural sector’s funding and policy work over the course of the summer. Sue’s background is perfectly suited to this work and she is experienced in achieving ambitious political goals in collaboration with engaged stakeholders and sector leaders. Since 2003 Sue has led the Chalkboard Project, a collaboration among major foundations focus on education outcomes. Hildick, a fourth generation Oregonian is passionate about building Oregon’s quality of life through creative, innovative public policy-making and investment. She has worked in many different sectors – nonprofit, philanthropy, government – and has learned collaborative problem-solving and leveraging of state and federal resources. Sue has a BA in government from Georgetown University and a MBA from Marylhurst University. Hildick’s awards while at Chalkboard include being named Nonprofit CEO of the Year by the Portland Business Journal, twice recognized as one of Oregon’s Fifty Leaders to Watch by Oregon Business Magazine, and named one of Oregon’s Fifty Power Women by Willamette Week.

When asked why she wanted to work with the Coalition Sue said, “Oregon is a state rich in many ways and prime among those ways is in its cultural assets. Preserving them, supporting them and seeding the development of the next generation of these resources is important to building and maintaining the fabric of our state. These assets crosscut our educational and economic goals and can weave together the Oregon story for each one of us. Working to tell this story and to make sure our cultural resources are recognized for their value and contribution to our key quality of life goals as Oregonians is why cultural advocacy is so important.  I’m eager to work with the members of the CAC to learn more about their work and to help tell their story to policymakers.”

You can see why I am so confident you are going to love working with her.

Paul is equally passionate about the cultural sector, brings decades of experience and exceptional professional credentials. Born in Seattle, but raised in Klamath Falls and Clackamas County, Paul is an attorney licensed to practice in the states of Oregon (since 1981) and Washington (since 1984), Paul has been affiliated with Lindsay Hart, LLP since 1987.  Paul leads the Lindsay Hart State Government Affairs team.  The team represents leading national and local trade associations and companies before the Oregon Legislature, agencies and local governments. Paul attended Antioch College, Portland State University, and Western Washington University (Fairhaven College), where he got his BA with honors in 1974; he got his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1981. Paul has recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors of State Law Resources, an international network of independent law firms with special expertise in government affairs. He is a former President of the Capitol Club, the association of Oregon’s 400+ professional government relations advocates and has been named by Portland Magazine as one of Portland’s Best Lawyers in Government Affairs on every list published since 2008.

Paul and Sue will make an exceptional team and starting September 1, the Coalition will rest on their capable shoulders. Thanks again for your work and the opportunity to work with you to create a thriving environment for art, heritage and the humanities across Oregon.

All my best,
Christine Drazan
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Cultural Advocacy coalition Celebrates $12M in New Funding!

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As a member of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition for more than a dozen years, I have seen how the Coalition’s dedication to our future has made a difference in protecting funding and reinvesting in culture and preservation in Oregon.

This session, through the hard work of your Coalition and the tenacity of engaged advocates, the legislature approved over $12 million in support for arts and culture organizations and projects statewide–$12,295,000 to be precise!

The work supported by these public funds will restore historic landmarks, expand access, strengthen community engagement, support innovation and fuel the creative economy.

In honor of the legislature’s investment in culture: let’s invest in cultural advocacy.

Starting today, through the end of this month, I am going to match the first $1,229.50 of new or increased membership donations to the Coalition in celebration of this investment, which represents a renewed commitment to the work of cultural nonprofits across Oregon and a clear indicator of growing legislative awareness of the value of arts, heritage and the humanities.

I believe that the potential for greater success lies ahead. But we need your support today to take the next steps and build on this session’s achievements. Will you help?

You don’t have to double your gift to take advantage of my offer. Just increase your membership by any amount, invite a friend or colleague to join the Coalition for the first time, or join as an individual if your organization or business is a member but you aren’t. Take advantage of my offer today! Let’s strengthen cultural advocacy and celebrate this shared achievement together.

If you joined us for Advocacy Day this year you know the interim is the best time to strengthen relationships with legislators. The final gavel just dropped to close out the 2017 Session–and the Coalition is already at work reaching out to legislators to thank them for their investment and build the case for more support for culture in 2018 and renewal of the Cultural Trust Tax Credit in 2019.

The end of session is the beginning of the work still ahead. I hope in this moment of celebration, you will hear your own call to action and give generously for this work that is so vital to all of us.

John Tess
President, Heritage Consulting Group
Member, Cultural Advocacy Coalition
Trustee, Oregon Cultural Trust

PS. The legislature’s investment of $12,295,000 comes at a significant moment for arts and culture across our state and nation. I am excited to celebrate this accomplishment with you. I hope you will take advantage of my offer to match your new or increased gift to the Coalition before July 31, 2017. Join the cultural community in celebrating this accomplishment—and help strengthen cultural advocacy with a gift today!

Help Pass Oregon’s First Ever “Equitable Access to Arts Education Task Force”

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It has been a busy session and I wanted to start by saying: Thank you! We have asked you to show up and speak up, over and over this year. We know there are so many pressing issues right now in our communities, in our legislature and in our nation’s Capitol. Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to continue to participate. Your voice, your story, your support for arts and culture in Oregon makes a difference. Which is why I am asking for your help once again– to shake a bill loose from committee that will advance discussions in support of equitable access to arts education.

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition worked with stakeholders this session to propose legislation to better understand who has access to an arts education in Oregon schools; identify barriers to access and recommend changes needed to encourage access to the arts within a well-rounded education. We are excited to report that SB 313, which creates Oregon’s first ever Task Force on Equitable Access to Arts Education has had a public hearing in the Oregon Senate and was moved to the Joint Ways and Means Committee for funding.

This is great progress, but since that time, the bill has stalled in committee. We have heard from leadership that the Arts Education Task Force may get lumped in with other, more expensive, task forces and left to languish in committee without further action. We have a brief window of time to get this legislation moving again. Please take a moment to send a pre-written note to the members of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, or send a personalized message of your own, encouraging them to allow the bill to move forward.

Access to a quality arts education is central to a well-rounded education; raises graduation rates; lowers absenteeism; bolsters test scores and improves educational outcomes for low income and marginalized students.

Oregon’s first ever Task Force on Equitable Access to Arts Education would be made up of legislators, school leaders, parents, arts education providers, arts funders and teachers. This task force represents a first step toward improving access to arts education in Oregon, but without advocacy this bill won’t make it out of committee. We need advocacy now.

If you believe an arts education is important to a well-rounded, whole child education I hope you will take a moment to send a note to Members of the Joint Ways and Means Committee encouraging them to allow the bill to move.

With appreciation,
Christine Drazan
Executive Director

P.S. The legislation which creates the Equitable Access to Arts Education Task Force can be found here. To find out which arts disciplines are offered in your school district check here.

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Cultural Advocacy Colatition to Fight for Arts Funding in Salem on Arts and Culture Advocacy Day 2017

Cultural Advocacy Coalition Advocacy Day 2017

By now we have all heard about President Trump’s push to eliminate federal funding for a host of cultural agencies and nonprofits. Last week, President Trump doubled down, and proposed additional cuts the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—in the current budget year. These cuts would hit in the final six months of the budget cycle, crippling grants and programs that are planned and approved this year.

Oregon Humanities depends on the NEH for almost half of our funding. Thanks to this funding, we are able to work with hundreds of organizations around the state in communities large and small, urban and rural. The federal dollars that come to Oregon Humanities from the NEH make it possible for people from Klamath Falls to Portland and Enterprise to Astoria to do the ongoing work of building trust and strengthening community.

In addition to my work as Executive Director of Oregon Humanities, I serve on the board of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. The Coalition is Oregon’s only statewide advocacy organization that lobbies legislators on behalf of the cultural community, and defends funding for the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, State Historic Preservation Office and Oregon Humanities.

So, while we continue to pressure Congress to reject budget proposals which harm community-based programs like Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Projects and others, we are also in the midst of a challenging session here in Oregon—and we need your help!

We hope you will consider taking a few hours out of your day on Monday, April 24, 2017 to join us in Salem for Arts and Culture Advocacy Day 2017, at the Oregon State Capitol.

By visiting oregonculture.org/take-action right now you can sign up–and then immediately request a constituent meeting with your own legislators. If you have already registered, be sure you take a moment to request your constituent meeting, then help spread the word by sharing the link with friends and colleagues!

If you can’t make Advocacy Day, and are not yet a Coalition member, please consider joining with a membership gift of $50, $100 or $250 today to help preserve arts, heritage and the humanities, promote the creative economy and protect Oregon’s cultural life.

With your help, the Cultural Advocacy Coalition will continue to speak to those in power on behalf of our values; protecting and amplifying the voices of artists, historians, storytellers, community-builders and creatives whose essential work enriches our lives. With your help, we will withstand these very real threats to veterans’ programs in Central Oregon and North Portland, education programs for low income adults and the rich exploration of individual and community values facilitated by Oregon Humanities through community conversations throughout our state.

Can we count on you to join us April 24, 2017 for Advocacy Day, and to join the Coalition with a membership gift today?

It will take all of us working together, participating in the legislative process and communicating with our elected representatives to protect arts and culture in Oregon and across the nation. Please take the time to join us.

With gratitude,
Adam Davis
Executive Director, Oregon Humanities
Board Member, Cultural Advocacy Coalition

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Take Action: Arts Advocacy Needed

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Last week I sent an email about the state’s daunting $1.8 billion shortfall. Arts Advocacy Needed – This week we have an opportunity to do something about it. Please consider attending a public hearing near you and tell budget-writers to protect arts and culture when they work to balance the budget.

The legislature’s Ways and Means Committee is taking a road trip and traveling across Oregon to invite public comment on possible budget cuts and spending priorities. Concerned Oregonians will be there to speak up for senior services, public safety, education and roads. Will you stand for the arts?

We know that targeted cuts or attempts to tap the Oregon Cultural Trust would deteriorate public funding for arts and culture in Oregon to levels which could cause lasting harm to the state’s cultural economy.

Given the budget crisis and the risk that arts, humanities and public broadcasting may face at the federal level, we must do all we can to protect current funding for arts and culture here in Oregon.

Please consider voicing your support at one of the following meetings:

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room F
900 Court Street NE
SALEM

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at:
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Amo DeBernardis College Center
12000 SW 49th Ave.
PORTLAND

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Hermiston High School
Main Commons
600 S 1st Street
HERMISTON

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:
Madras Performing Arts Center
412 SE Bluff Street
MADRAS

**Friday, February 24, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:
Southern Oregon University
Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
ASHLAND

Saturday, February 25, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:
Lane Community College
Forum (Building 17), Rooms 308-309
4000 E 30th Ave.
EUGENE

Friday, March 3, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row
TILLAMOOK

Will you help protect public funding for arts, heritage and the humanities in Oregon? Let’s work together to protect the values that connect us, move us forward and enrich our lives. Your voice matters! Legislators are asking to hear from you. Thank you for all you do to support and strengthen creativity and culture in Oregon, and for using this opportunity to tell budget writers we must protect funding for arts and culture in Oregon.

Additional Resources:

  • Big picture on arts and culture in Oregon? Take a look at this.
  • Current arts & culture funding in Oregon? Here you go!
  • Who received arts grants in your community? And how much was the grant? Check here.
  • Have a specific question? Let us know!

Best,
Christine Drazan
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Uncertainty and Opportunity – Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Friends,
Oregon’s legislative session is officially underway.

Budget-writers estimate that the state is $1.8 billion short of the money it needs to fund everything that state government currently pays for.

The governor’s budget has already proposed reducing funding for the Oregon Arts Commission, and while that is a tough place to start budget negotiations from, we are working with legislators to protect full funding for our arts and culture agencies, in this daunting budget environment.

But, it won’t be easy. A budget gap of $1.8 billion will put pressure on interests across the political spectrum. Arts and culture budgets may be at risk, not because legislators are against us–but because the budget must balance. Without bi-partisan support for new revenues, it could be a tough session for existing programs and a tougher session for new spending.

Some of the threats on the horizon are visible from here, but some will surprise us. Which is why building a strong coalition now is so important. In the face of uncertainty at the state and federal level, we need your help.

Will you help us meet the challenges ahead? Will you join now with a membership donation?

This time of uncertainty is rich with opportunity. The fight, if there must be one, is still ahead. Will you help us use this time to plan, to prepare, to lay the groundwork for success, and work together to protect the values that connect us, move us forward and enrich our lives?

Your annual membership gift, or monthly giving in any amount, ensures that advocacy in Oregon is coordinated with advocates across the nation for greater impact at the state and federal levels.

Will you help today?

  • Join or renew your membership in the Cultural Advocacy Coalition.
  • Register to attend Advocacy Day 2017 in our State Capitol.
  • Send your member of Congress an email opposing potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • Sign up for federal updates through the Arts Action Fund E-Advocacy Alerts.

For all you do to support and strengthen creativity and culture in Oregon, and for the positive difference you are making by engaging in the advocacy work before us—thank you.

My best,

Christine Drazan
Executive Director