AoA votes YES! to increase access to the arts for every Portland classroom and community!
October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
On April 2, 2012, the US Department of Education released its first study of arts education in more than ten years. And while this study reflected what we already know – that arts education opportunities are declining nationally for those who need them most – it also showcased how far behind Portland has fallen.
Today in Portland there are 11,596 children attending schools that do not have any art, dance, drama, and music instruction. The rate of decline for arts education in Portland has been shockingly steep. In the last five years Parkrose and Centennial School Districts have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while Portland Public Schools has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.
With the Arts Education and Access Fund, the City of Portland will restore arts and music education to every elementary school in Portland’s six school districts by providing stable, long-term funding for certified arts and music teachers and grants for arts access programs. This fund will also support established arts organizations city-wide to bring arts, culture and creativity to life for every Portland resident.
In less than 70 days, the Art on Alberta team and other Portland residents will receive their November ballot and with it, the opportunity to approve the Arts Education and Access Fund. Together we can VOTE YES! to restore arts and music teachers to every Portland elementary school, fund the arts city-wide and increase access to the arts for every Portland classroom and community.
If you haven’t yet joined the Schools & Arts Together campaign to help us get out the vote – it’s time! More information can be found at http://schoolsartstogether.com.