PSU Hosts Forum on Growing Challenges to the Arts Community
Author: Portland State University
Posted: February 24, 2020

Portland State University is excited to announce a community forum on Building Political Support for the Arts in Portland.

The forum is on Thursday, March 5, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in SMSU, room 296/298.

The forum is 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 forum 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. The events are being presented in partnership with Subashini Ganesan, Creative Laureate of Portland, who will be moderating the discussion.

The forum will focus on the policy challenges in the arts community from the perspective 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 forum 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.”

This is the second of a two-part series. The first forum, which was held on February 6, focused on the policy challenges from the perspective of policymakers and arts advocates. The February panel included 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.