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News Flash — PORTLAND COMMISSIONER ENDORSEMENT — Oregon artPAC Endorses Steve Novick in Commissioner Race

As a follow up to the May Primary Election, Oregon artPAC held interviews with the runoff candidates for Portland Commissioner Position #4, challenger Chloe Eudaly and incumbent Steve Novick. Both candidates shared their views on the importance of arts and culture to the community and the funding challenges faced by arts organizations. Additionally, both candidates discussed at length how Portland’s affordability and housing crisis affects individual artists, makers and arts institutions.

artPAC felt that both candidates had a good grasp of the topics and both showed a deep concern for the issues faced by the City and the arts community. While impressed by Ms. Eudaly and her passion, after difficult deliberation the artPAC board felt that Mr. Novick was more experienced and better equipped at this particular time to address the issues of concern for the arts community. “Steve has shown his understanding of the issues faced by the arts community and we believe that he will work diligently towards solutions that work for everyone,” said Stanley Penkin, co-founder of artPAC.

artPAC appreciates the participation of both candidates and urges Ms. Eudaly, should she not be successful, to maintain her passion and continue her pursuit for public office in the future.

News Flash — VOTE FOR THE ARTS — 2016 Primary Election Endorsements are In!

Oregon artPAC is pleased to announce its endorsements in the 2016 Primary. artPAC chose to endorse those candidates who it felt could best work towards preserving and advancing arts and culture and enhancing the vibrancy of the region. While we cannot endorse all candidates, we appreciate the productive and informative conversations we had with each. Read about the endorsements.

Portland's arts tax is a good thing (OPINION) — The Oregonian, January 27, 2016, by Stanley Penkin

While The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial board continually opines on its displeasure with the Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF), countless children across our entire city are now benefiting from access to an arts education, many for the first time. Observing a little boy exploring his imagination and taking pride in creating his first painting, or the little girl learning to play an instrument and delighting in its sound, speaks volumes to the side of the story not being told by the major newspaper in our city. Read more at

News Flash - Thank You Multnomah County Commissioners
Oregon artPAC is pleased to report that the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in its 2016 fiscal year budget has proposed an increase in RACC funding from $170,000 to $300,000. Thank you Commissioners for following through on your commitment to sustaining and increasing public funding for the arts.

Oregon artPAC invites you to celebrate: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County Candidates for the Arts

Hear what your County officials believe about the importance of arts in our schools and community, and how they will support those who understand that arts funding is critically important within our community.

Washington County Candidates - April 26, 2014 2:00 PM
at the Oregon College of Arts and Craft NobleONI Cafe
Learn more and RSVP (View PDF)

Clackamas and Multnomah County Candidates April 27, 2014 2:00 PM
at the Ainsworth House
Learn more and RSVP (View PDF)

Learn about the Oregon artPAC Candidate Endorsements

The 2014 Primary Election endorsements are in!

The 2014 election season is upon us and OregonartPAC is geared up to engage with candidates in the City of Portland, Multnomah County, Washington County and Clackamas County contests. Even with the successful passage of the arts tax in Portland, we cannot become complacent about arts funding. Rather, we should persist in our efforts to educate candidates about the importance of the arts in all of our schools and communities, and to support those who understand that arts funding is critically important within all constituencies.

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