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The Cultural Advocacy Coalition serves as your political voice in Salem on behalf of Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities. Benefiting every Oregonian, culture cannot thrive without public investment partnerships. The Cultural Advocacy Coalition works to increase Oregon’s public investments in the almost countless cultural activities and assets seen in every community throughout our state. Part of advocating for a public investment partnership is educating policymakers about the rich resources found in their own backyard.

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A small commitment from many partners enables us to advocate for public funds and educate legislators about the impact of culture in their own communities. Join the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and make a difference!

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Cultural Advocacy Coalition
PO Box 9160
Portland, OR 97207

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Updated advocacy resources are now available:
2013 Legislative Report
The Art of Politics– Arts Summit Advocacy Training 2013

We did it!
The Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit has been renewed and arts and culture have been strengthened this session, with the help of advocates across Oregon.

In past sessions the cultural community has faced fund sweeps, budget cuts, and threats to Oregon’s percent for art law. This session was very different, with over 1,300 messages of support for culture going out to legislators and the governor in the final weeks of the session, as well as targeted committee testimony, meetings with legislators and calls into legislative offices. Because of this effort, the Cultural Trust Tax Credit was extended in full through 2020.

This session proved that, in the midst of major competing interests and issues, the common goals and shared efforts of an engaged community can effectively preserve and strengthen culture in Oregon.

Additional resources:
10 year impact of Oregon Cultural Trust:

  • OCT Metro Area
  • OCT Willamette Valley
  • OCT Oregon Coast
  • OCT The Gorge
  • OCT Central Oregon
  • OCT Eastern Oregon
  • OCT Southern Oregon
  • Economic Impact Study of Oregon’s Cultural Nonprofits
    The economic impacts of Oregon’s cultural nonprofit organizations, encompassing arts, culture, heritage, history and the humanities totals $1.2 billion in sales and $466 million in wages, as reported in a recent study by ECONorthwest. The study did not include Oregon’s full creative sector, but instead focused tightly on the economic impacts of those nonprofits eligible for financial support through Oregon’s Cultural Trust, and the secondary economic activity tied to their work, throughout Oregon.

    The report found over 19,000 Oregonians working in the cultural sector—which is roughly equivalent to Oregon’s legal sector. Of this number, 8,750 are employed by a nonprofit that is eligible for support through the Oregon Cultural Trust. These nonprofits were found to directly generate $580.5 million in sales and $272.8 million in taxable employee income. Download the complete report here.

    Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon / PO Box 9160 Portland, OR 97207