DO YOU PART FOR ART: Jennifer Yocom is the director of Arts and Culture for the City of Portland. The picture above is of her and her hubby, Josh, at this year's Beaux-Art Ball in support of the Portland Art Museum. As you might guess, she is a big supporter of the arts.
According to a bio I found on line, "Jennifer joined the Office of Portland Mayor Sam Adams as his arts and culture director to help coordinate the Regional Creative Action Plan, a five-year, tricounty strategy for strengthening cultural infrastructure, improving access to the arts and arts education, and investing in creative talent. Although Jennifer's professional background is based in marketing, community organizing, youth leadership development, and most recently communications and running political campaigns—her passion for the arts has always been central in her personal life."
So when Yocom asked if I would be willing to get the word out about one of her passions—Oregon ArtPAC—I said, "sure...why not?"
But, the thing is, I didn't know jack about this new arts political action committee.
That's why Jenny is taking over my blog for the next few paragraphs to talk about supporting the arts.
From Jennifer Yocom:
Did you know? For 22,082 Portland public elementary students, there are 34 teachers of art, music, dance or drama combined (’06). And yet, 95% of Portland area voters believe that arts education is vital to our childrens’ future success.
Did you know? Per capita, Seattle area residents contribute $5 more and Denver $13 more than Portlanders in public funds for the arts.
Did you know? Oregon is ranked 33rd in the states for public funding for the arts.
And yet, according to a recent poll by the Creative Advocacy Network, 70% of metro-area residents are willing to pay a dollar more a month in dedicated funding for increased arts education and access. That’s why we need a political action committee (PAC) that can help educate our candidates for elected office: Oregon artPAC is a non-partisan PAC with the mission to support state and local candidates who are committed to increasing public funding for arts and culture.
Calling all arts supporters, make a difference in the future of public funding for the arts: Become a fan on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-artPAC/293760801182
Donate $50, $25, or $10 here: http://oregonartpac.com/
That is byronbeck.com's deed for the day. Do the right thing and support this PAC!