Now Is The Time
I don’t know that we’ve ever done this before on ultra, but we’re going to talk politics because this is an emergency. You probably already know that arts groups, artists, and cultural institutions from the heavy hitters to the new galleries on the block have a strong advocate in Commissioner Sam Adams. His office has done much to not only advocate for arts funding, but to convince the arts community (in the broadest sense of the word) to rally ’round the flag and learn to advocate for the importance of (and importance of funding) arts and culture. Adams has put time, energy, and staff time into the effort, but we’ve only just begun.
At the same time, Mayor Potter’s most recent budget rejected requests for city funding for the arts with a slash-and-burn strategy.
We’re about to elect a new mayor. This is simple, electing Sam Adams will ensure a strong voice for arts and culture funding as well as a continued commitment to expanding the creative capacity of our beloved Portland. The alternative is the candidate endorsed by Potter, Sho Dozono, who has no stated arts and culture policy. It’s not even mentioned on his website. Yikes.
If you haven’t cast your ballot, please do it. If you have time to help elect Adams, now is the time.