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$50 million arts and entertainment package approved for Oregon
July 14, 2020 - This morning, Oregon's Joint Emergency Board approved a comprehensive $50 million package to help our arts and entertainment sector weather the COVID-19 pandemic and related state-mandated closures. Emergency relief includes:
This is a huge win for arts and culture in Oregon, and your advocacy efforts made a difference! Legislators tell us they received hundreds of emails with compelling testimony on why arts events and live entertainment venues are vital to our communities. Thanks to all who distributed the Cultural Advocacy Coalition's call to action last week through social media and e-blasts. Well done!
Support was bipartisan, and the final vote was nearly unanimous, with only one legislator representing rural Oregon opposed. You should know that Rep. Nosse, Rep. Lively, Sen. Taylor and Speaker Kotek were particularly diligent behind the scenes, and Rep. Drazan (former Executive Director of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition) delivered some exceptional remarks in support of Oregon's arts and culture community. I encourage you to take a moment to thank them and other members of the E-Board.
On a personal note, I regret that the Portland Art Museum and several other arts organizations with significant economic impacts weren't awarded designated funds through this package. They, along with other arts and culture organizations throughout the state, will able to apply to the Oregon Cultural Trust for a share of the $26 million fund that remains.
What comes next:
-from Jeff Hawthorne, Oregon Advocacy Captain, Americans for the Arts; Board Member, Cultural Advocacy Coalition
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