Stephen Marc Beaudoin is a contributing arts writer for the Portland Mercury.
is this... it can't be - but - is this in fact *THE* Brian Costello?!? Latterly of PICA? Genius??? Please say it is.
@Matt: that's what I said. :) My quote, originally: "I'm thinking, for example, of his $80,000 he gave to help support the Oregon Ballet Theater's debut at the Kennedy Center in 2007." The City gave $250,000 to support OBT's Kennedy Center debut in 2008. Yes. Now the Oregon Symphony is asking for $200,000 to support their Carnegie Hall debut in 2011. Hope that clears up any confusion!
Also, I erred in my comment in Matt's posting: the City of Portland, with major support and urging from then Commissioner Adams, gave $250,000 - not $80,000 as I originally said - to Oregon Ballet Theatre for its Kennedy Center debut, and the year was 2008. Mea culpa.
I know, Blabby! Five out of six shows sold out, so a ticket was hard to come by.
I also want to very genuinely salute Jesse Cornett for chatting with me just now via Facebook messenger, and to suggest that we meet to further discuss our differences and ideas. I appreciate his accessibility and willingness to talk.
Hooray for librarianjess and tk and BlackedOut for providing perspective here.
Also, it's interesting that Mr. Cornett jabs as he does, writing "I hope Mr. Beaudoin didn't trip over a homeless person or camp as he was trying to get to you with his rant, which far too easily could have happened in the reality of the Portland that I live in."
I guess he missed the "Beggar's Opera" music-theatre production I wrote and directed with Opera Theater Oregon last fall, which addressed many of the social justice issues Cornett and so many others care about (it was featured in a multi-page story in Street Roots, a publication I'm sure Mr. Cornett is familiar with). And guess what - the "Beggar's Opera" production was partly paid for with public funds.
Bronch: if that's truly your opinion, then the City should cut all arts and culture funding streams immediately, including its annual dedicated funding to RACC (which supports thousands of professional artists/musicians/creatives/arts organizations annually) in addition to these one-time special project requests. To suggest that public money not be spent on professional artists misses the whole point of Portland, Oregon.
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