Potter’s budget eliminates IFCC funding

dn_web_logo1-thumb.jpgTom Potter’s proposed budget would cut all city funding for the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC), a vibrant and unique center for the arts in North Portland.

This $80,000 funding cut represents a minuscule savings to the city, but would be devastating to IFCC. It represents 24% of the budget for the non-profit that operates a gallery and theatre and offers classes, shows and cultural outreach to the community.

This proposed cut was announced just as IFCC opened an exhibit showcasing the work of more than 70 North and Northeast Portland artists. The show, “Do North,” represents the unique way IFCC works to connect an extraordinarily diverse group of artists to the community.

“The conversation about diversity is deeply important to the successful growth of our City,” writes IFCC’s Creative Director Adrienne Flagg in a message to supporters. “I know you have experienced the conversation here — in the gallery, theatre, civic meetings, and classes. Please extend your support and let the Mayor and the City Commissioners know that you value IFCC’s mission to awaken cultural awareness by creating an environment for artists and audiences to explore, honor and celebrate diversity. Let them know that you recognize this vital connection to our City’s well-being.”

IFCC has been enjoying a period of stability under Flagg’s leadership, and this cut would mean significant cuts to IFCC’s ability to fulfill its mission.

Please contact your city leaders and urge them to continue their 25-year relationship with this remarkable program.


The final hearing on the budget is tomorrow, May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, at King Elementary School, 4906 NE 6th. Sign up for three-minute testimony on site.

3 Comments so far

  1. psingleton on May 7th, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

    I live and work in NoPo and find this incredibly sad.

  2. gammara on May 10th, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

    I am a

  3. gammara on May 10th, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

    I am a supporter of the arts, but it’s not Mayor Potter’s responsibility to save all the cultural centers, theaters, museums, etc. Here’s the unfortunate part of taxes — especially during a recession — we have to distribute between lots of worthwhile causes.

    What would be fantastic is if corporations in the area and citizens could help out.

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