Photo courtesy Portland Art Museum
Photo courtesy Portland Art Museum

Who Are We?

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition (CAC or the Coalition) is a 501(c)4 non-partisan advocacy group formed to lobby policymakers in Salem to ensure that all Oregonians have the opportunity to access arts and culture in their communities.

The primary mission of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition is to increase ongoing public investment in arts, heritage and the humanities. Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and include representatives from a broad number of interests to best represent the diverse mix of Oregon’s cultural community.

Sue Hildick / Senior Advisor
Paul Cosgrove / Lobbyist

Our Equity Commitment

The Coalition’s vision is a state where Oregonians are able to access and engage in arts, heritage and the humanities in their community without barriers, where students have equitable access to quality arts education throughout their academic careers, and arts and culture organizations are able to provide innovative, world-class programming that allows for the export of ideas, innovation and creative work, while contributing to Oregon’s economy and quality of life.

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition is committed to cultural equity and strives to embody values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Our Vision

A state where Oregonians are able to access and engage in arts, heritage and the humanities in their community without barriers; where students have equitable access to quality arts education throughout their academic careers; and arts and culture organizations are able to provide innovative, world class programming that allows for the export of ideas, innovation and creative work, while contributing to Oregon’s economy and quality of life.

Our Mission

Advocating for policies and funding that will create a thriving environment for art, heritage, history and the humanities across Oregon.