PSU Gathers Regional Arts Leaders for Public Forums
Author: Richard Clucas
Posted: January 29, 2020

Two Events in February and March Focus on Public Policy Challenges in the Arts Community

Subashini Ganesan, Portland's Creative Laureate Portland State University is excited to announce two community forums on Building Political Support for the Arts in Portland.

The first forum is on Thursday, February 6, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), room 338. The second is on Thursday, March 5, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in SMSU, room 296/298. Both forums are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at

Sponsored by the Mark Hatfield School of Government and the PSU College of the Arts, the forums will help bring greater attention on arts policy and what the arts community can do to be more effective in policy decisions. The forum participants include some of the region’s most prominent arts leaders, including policymakers, art advocates, and directors of major arts organizations. The events are being presented in partnership with Subashini Ganesan, Creative Laureate of Portland, who will be moderating the discussion both nights.

The first of the two forums will focus on the policy challenges in the arts community from the perspective of policymakers and arts advocates. The panel includes Sue Hildick, Executive Director, Cultural Advocacy Coalition; Chris Ayzoukian, General Manager, Reser Center for the Arts; Dana Lucero, METRO Senior Planner, Community Placemaking; and Giyen Kim, Portland City Arts Manager.

The second forum brings in the views of artists, art organizations, and funders. The panelists will be Michelle Reynolds, Program Officer, Miller Foundation; Linda Austin, Director, Performance Works NW; Damaso Rodriguez, Artistic Director, Artist Repertory Theatre; and Anthony Hudson, multidisciplinary artist.

Planning for the forums grew out of conversations in the arts community about the lack of coordination among artists and art organizations in confronting the growing challenges to the arts in Portland. The forums will provide a chance for artists, art organizations, and others interested in the arts to share concerns and build connections.

There will be a panel discussion both evenings, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share their thoughts. Artists and members of arts organizations are especially encouraged to attend. Community members who are interested in the state of the arts in Portland are welcome as well. The two forums are associated with a course being taught this quarter by Political Science Professor Richard Clucas on “Politics, Public Policy, and the Arts.”