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Posted by cynthia fuhrman | 11 February 2015

In January we received word from the Regional Arts and Culture Council that we would receive a check for an additional $207,000 from the Arts Education & Access Fund (lovingly known as the "Arts Tax"). Many other arts organizations around the city will also be receiving additional funds as their final reports are completed this spring.

These dollars will bring our allocation from the city to 3.875% of our operating budget, which is still below the national average of 5%, but a huge step from the .83% we were at a couple of years ago.

The awesome thing about this new funding is that it not only helps us keep the work onstage strong and vibrant (sharing plays with 139,000 people last season), it continues to help us make sure that young people across the city come into contact with this art form (8,000 last season, 1/3 of whom attended for free), that the least fortunate in our community have access to the organization (last year PCS had the highest attendance by patrons using their Oregon Trail Card in the Arts for All program of any arts org in the city), and that our Visions and Voices program that teaches playwriting in Portland Public Schools keeps expanding young minds.

Thanks to the arts tax, now every elementary school in Portland has an art or music teacher (compared to 30% prior to the measure passing).

Our thanks to every citizen of the city who voted for this measure, and to Mayor Hales and the City Council Members who have continued to find ways to make this valuable support viable.

 

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