Highlights from Regional Arts and Culture Council's (RACC) 2012 State of the Arts presentation to City Council. Meeting attendees heard testimony from local artists, youth, educators and advocates about the dire state of arts education in Portland-and the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) which is working to create a dedicated source of funding for the arts access and education.
As a Portland native, the Grammy award winning Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding recognizes the need for arts education in this City.
Spalding took the time to sit down with us to hash out why the arts are so important to the full development of our youth.
This video was presented to Portland City Council on March 21, 2012 as part of the State of the Arts.
The Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) is a 501(c)3 organization established to mobilize the Portland Metropolitan Region in support of a dedicated public fund for the arts, to increase access to arts and culture for every resident, make free arts and music experiences available to every school-age child in their classrooms and communities and strengthen our highest-quality arts and cultural institutions allowing Portland to finally reach our true creative and cultural capacity. (theartscan.org)
Featured in this video: Esperanza Spalding (Jazz Musician, Portlander)
Music - "City of Roses" by Esperanza Spalding (esperanzaspalding.com).
Photos - Jefferson Highschool Classrooms by Wieden + Kennedy's Eugenie Frerichs
Portland Mayor Sam Adams and the Kennedy Center’s vice president for education, Darrell Ayers, joined about 200 parents, teachers, arts leaders and education reform advocates to unveil a new vision for arts education at Ziba Design in NW Portland on Thursday evening. A team of local arts and education leaders working with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have released a report on the status of arts education in the region’s schools, with new goals for providing arts learning experiences for every K-8 child in the region. The Phase 1 Report for “Any Given Child” in the Portland Metro area is available online at racc.org/agc2011.