Subscribe to ArtsWatch 9: We want YOU!

We're all in, if you are!

The prelims are over! Now it’s time to talk turkey: ArtsWatch wants your money, sure, but what do you get in return? Everybody wants your money after all.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been sketching the general idea behind Oregon ArtsWatch. You can sift through the site here for the particulars. Boy, do we have particulars! Stories and reviews, more than a year’s worth, about Oregon’s art scene, mostly Portland’s, to be completely fair.

If you want to catch up with those essay-lets, by all means!

Intro: Become a member of ArtsWatch!

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 2: Yes, the arts are important

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 3: The arts are really important here

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 3.5: A pause to refresh and look around

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 4: Is journalism a dirty word?

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 5: Renovating traditional journalism

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 6: Guiding principles department

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 7: Dealing with criticism

Subscribe to ArtsWatch 8: Getting down to business

But what do you actually receive in return if you click one of the levels of support in the online payment form below?

1. You receive the very best arts reporting, reviewing and writing we can muster, all written with our shared local culture in mind.

OK, of course! We’re going to do our best! But what else?

2. Members receive the ArtsWatch eNewsletter. And we’re going to pack it with as much ArtsWatch goodness as we can. For example:

1. special deals and events from our ArtsWatch sponsors, because who doesn’t love a discount and special access?
2. links to the best work on our website and for other media outlets, in one easy list
3. updates on local cultural conditions from Oregon Arts Watch journalists, ahead of publication on the website
4. invitations to special Oregon Arts Watch events, including a dance event we’re planning right now!
5. the opportunity to advise and shape our journalism going forward

That last one is for real. As part of our community we’re hoping you’ll help us figure things out, both for the little nonprofit business we’ve started and for the practice of arts writing here in this place and time. Only with your help can we make it better.

That’s it! That’s what you get for your donation. No mugs, no t-shirts, no handbags. Instead, we’re offering a deeper engagement with our local culture than you can get without us, from ticket deals to advance warning on popular shows to invitations to special events involving artists in the community.

It’s not fashionable to bet on “deeper engagement” these days or on the writers, reviewers and reporters trying to make it more possible. ArtsWatch is contrarian in that way. And if you are too? Maybe we have a bargain!

And it couldn’t be easier…


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You can also avoid electronic payments altogether by sending us a check directly:

Oregon ArtsWatch
2146 NE 14th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212

For many of the readers of ArtsWatch, this might not be the best of times to support the project financially.  But let’s say you want to help in other ways? Just… tell your friends about us. Seriously, that helps more than you can imagine. The more involved we get in local culture, the more adaptive local culture becomes to our needs. At heart, that’s what ArtsWatch is really all about.

3 Responses.

  1. Roxanne says:

    Well, if you are only hoping to cover Portland, there is nothing in the site for me in southern Oregon!

    • Barry Johnson says:

      Actually, we are HOPING to cover Oregon as a whole. That’s why we called it Oregon ArtsWatch. The title was aspirational. But that takes money, though we have spent some occasionally for stories about the arts outside Portland metro. We’d absolutely love to share content with a similar project in southern Oregon, if you or anyone else would like to get one going.

      Oh, and I do hope there is something on the site for you when you come North!

  2. Mohammed says:

    Useful info. Fortunate me I found your website by accident, and I’m surprised why this twist of fate did not took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

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