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. (

Featured in this video: Esperanza Spalding (Jazz Musician, Portlander)
Music - "City of Roses" by Esperanza Spalding (
Photos - Jefferson Highschool Classrooms by Wieden + Kennedy's Eugenie Frerichs

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