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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

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Uncertainty and Opportunity – Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition

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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

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Support Artistic Activism on Giving Tuesday

“Giving Tuesday” is a great reminder to donate your time and money to groups you love. If you would like to support the Center’s work in the next year, or years, as we grow to help more groups win against the dark forces out there, here are some options: Donate Simply donate what you can. […]

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Koch Quits!

Two days ago, in a big win for cultural institutions everywhere, it was announced that David H. Koch has resigned in his role on the board of the American Museum of Natural History. You may be familiar with Koch, the ‘the fourth richest person in America’ the billionaire who has given millions in ‘philanthropy’ to […]

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C4AA funded by the Rubin Foundation!

We’re extremely proud and excited to announce that we are among one of the first 46 initiatives to have won a funding grant from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation as part of their new Art and Social Justice initiative. “We wanted social impact and we wanted quality art,” said Alexander Gardner, the foundation’s executive director. […]

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Building Public Will for the Arts: Oregon Pilot Update

Building Public Will for Arts and Culture

we recently received an update on the progress of the Oregon Pilot for this important program of the National Endowment for the Arts. We hope that all artists, arts enthusiasts, arts organizations, and galleries will consider participating.

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Randy Cohen on C-SPAN Discussing National Arts Funding

Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Research, Randy Cohen, joined the National Endowment for the Art’s Sunil Iyengar for C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”  on Friday, November 29 to talk about federal …

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The Giving Library and #GivingTuesday – Share to Give!

Give towards advancing the arts in America this Holiday Season – without spending a dime! Americans for the Arts is honored to be one of the featured nonprofits on The Giving Library, an online video archive that connects donors to…

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Arts Destination Marketing Award Recipients Announced

During the opening keynote of this year’s National Arts Marketing Project Conference, Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing Association International announced the recipients of the 2013 Arts Destination Marketing A…

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Google Hangout: Arts and Health in the Military

Have you been following the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military, and want to learn more about how the arts can help heal our veterans and active duty military members? Maybe you’ve read our White Paper: Arts, Hea…

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