This afternoon, City Council adopted a set of recommendations to protect and expand affordable art spaces. You can read the plan here.
Portland has long been a creative hub, with artists and makers of every type calling Portland home. But, as we all know, Portland is experiencing rapid growth and a housing crisis. This in turn threatens to displace artists and arts organizations.
Unless we are intentional about preserving our local creative economy, we risk losing what makes Portland special.
The plan lays out a road map for the arts in our community. It encourages collaborative, proactive action by the City, private and non-profit partners, community groups, and artists.
Today’s action follows a work session Council held in January. Throughout the process, we’ve received positive feedback from community stakeholders.
Special thanks to the community leaders who testified today, and everyone who helped shape our work.