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Happy Spring (wishful thinking) from Executive Director, Dinah Minot

What happened to the luck of the Irish? It's been a year of COVID shutdowns and physical distancing. Last March, Creative Portland established an artist relief fund to award small grants to artists in need. This month, we will expand our assistance by also including small venues and arts businesses. Rolling application available. Our goal is to keep artists employed and to encourage patrons to buy local art. Congratulations to all arts organizations (and artists) who have gained traffic and transitioned beautifully to online platforms. Check out the variety of open calls we have this month. Except for a few diehards, most of us probably won't be partying or dancing in the streets on St. Paddy's Day this year, but there will be a celebratory virtual parade on 3/14 at noon. Erin go Bragh!
An Arts Community Check-In is planned for March 22 to learn more about each other and to hear how the arts community has been coping during the pandemic.Together, we look forward to warmer days when we can showcase our city's remarkable talent in open-air festivals, concerts, and outdoor pop-up venues. Join us to connect with fellow artists, cultural leaders, patrons, and arts community friends.


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