By the numbers Oregon ranks 47th in the nation for public state funding of the arts, investing only 16 cents a person.
Local public funding for the arts and culture is considerably higher within the Portland tri-county metropolitan area, breaking down to about $2.84 a person.
The city of Portland spends nearly $5 a person on arts and culture. That is about average among U.S. cities, but low for the West Coast.
28 days of gray, 2001
temporary RACC In Situ installation
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, OR
I know what you are thinking: first, where can I get my five dollars back; and second, it's a good thing that scrap metal "art" was done in 2001 because today the meth addicts would have stolen it for drug money; and last, can I somehow have my $5 go towards opening the Wapato jail instead of artwork?
And since we are in an election cycle I think that it's prudent to metion how our current [failure of a] governor feels about metal plates and poles sticking out of the ground at Waterfront Park:
We were the first state to finance public art for every public building.
-April 4, 2003
“This has been a very important and successful year for art and culture in Oregon. In spite of a very tight budget, we were able to preserve the state’s two leading public voices for art and culture - the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
-December 23, 2003
I'm hoping that my $2.84 went to this great sculpture...