Catherine Rickbone, the executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, was recently named to the Cultural Advocacy Coalition (CAC) board. CAC’s mission is to  “advocate for policies and funding that will create a thriving environment for art, heritage, history and the humanities across Oregon.”

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition (CAC) – with over 300 individual and organizational members – is the sole statewide advocacy group lobbying in Salem dedicated to growing public investment in the arts, culture, heritage and the humanities.

In addition to supporting the work of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Coalition conducts a statewide vetting process for capital construction projects that expand access to arts and culture prior to every long legislative session.

This rigorous process is conducted by volunteer reviewers and considers projects based on their ability to expand access to creative expression; the mix of public and private funds and progress to fundraising goals; the economic impact to Oregon; and levels of community support.

“I am delighted and honored to be nominated and voted to this statewide advocacy board. They do good work and are respected in Salem. I will be representing not only OCCA but the Oregon coast,” says Catherine Rickbone, OCCA executive director.