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Congresswoman Bonamici Hosts National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter for Arts Tour

August 13, 2019
Press Release
Bonamici, Carter visit Chehalem Cultural Center, BodyVox, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland Center Stage, and Portland Art Museum

BEAVERTON, OR [08/13/19] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) hosted Mary Anne Carter, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), for a series of visits to organizations that are part of Northwest Oregon’s thriving arts community.

“The arts enrich our lives, make Oregon a better place to live, and support our growing economy," said Congresswoman Bonamici. “I’m proud to welcome Chairman Carter to Northwest Oregon to see how the leadership of our local arts organizations is broadening horizons and fueling economic growth. Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts helps sustain many of these organizations for our children and families, our communities, and our economy.”

“I’m grateful to Representative Bonamici for the opportunity to visit these arts organizations in Newberg and Portland with her,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “It is inspiring to see first-hand the important work of our grantee organizations and how the communities of Northwest Oregon are enriched through diverse forms of artistic expression.”

Photos of the visit are available to download here.

"It was an honor for the Chehalem Cultural Center to host Congresswoman Bonamici and NEA Chairman Carter in Newberg,” said Sean Andries, Executive Director of the Chehalem Cultural Center. “It was a wonderful opportunity for us to show the ways this Center enriches our diverse community by providing arts and culture experiences through a variety of classes, events, discussions, and celebratory festivals. We are proud of the role we play in our region's arts and culture landscape and appreciate the occasion to share our vision: who we are, what we do, and where we are going."

Over the years, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts have supported BodyVox, Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Portland Center Stage, the Portland Art Museum, and several other local arts organizations. At BodyVox, Bonamici and Carter viewed a dance workshop. Over lunch at the Regional Arts and Culture Council, arts leaders discussed their efforts to expand access to the arts to communities of color that have historically been underserved, and engage students throughout the region.

“We were excited to share the vision of BodyVox with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and NEA Chairman Mary Anne Carter at the BodyVox Dance Center,” said Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton, Artistic Directors. “Both of these leaders share a deep commitment to the arts as a powerful force in communities and economies across the nation. The arts have the ability to define a culture. Culture defines community. The support BodyVox has received from the NEA has enabled us to bring our art to regional and national communities and engage with populations in meaningful and interactive ways, bringing education and inspiration to distant locales. Local, regional and national support enables BodyVox to increase our footprint exponentially. Thank you to these true champions of the arts!”

“RACC is amplifying the voices of artists and leveraging the power of creativity to address a wide variety of issues in our community,” said Madison Cario, Executive Director. “We are grateful that Congresswoman Bonamici is a national champion for STEAM education, and the NEA has been a longtime supporter of our arts integration program, The Right Brain Initiative. It was an honor to visit with the Congresswoman and NEA Chairman Mary Anne Carter to talk more about the essential role of arts and culture in our daily lives.”

"It was exciting for us to be able to share some of the ways that we deliver on our mission around community and education with the Congresswoman and the Chairman,” said Portland Center Stage (PCS) Managing Director Cynthia Furman. “We were particularly thrilled because we know of Congresswoman Bonamici's leadership around STEAM, and her dedicated amplification of the importance of arts in education. At PCS at The Armory, we are focused on deepening the connection to the art on stage to our audiences of all ages, and appreciated the opportunity to have that conversation with our guests."

“It is always an honor to welcome Congresswoman Bonamici to the Museum. Her support of the arts, and advocacy for art education locally and nationally aligns with our mission to engage diverse communities through art and film,” said Portland Art Museum Director Brian Ferriso. “We are also pleased to host NEA Chairman Mary Anne Carter and to share with her the positive impact the Portland Art Museum has on our community. The NEA has supported many important projects here at the Museum, including an Art Works grant for our fall exhibition Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…. The Museum appreciates receiving this grant, which supports art that meets the highest standards of excellence.”

According to Americans for the Arts, the arts add $166.3 billion to the nation’s economy and support 4.6 million full-time jobs, including 11,505 full-time jobs in the Greater Portland area and 1,150 full-time jobs in Yamhill County.