I mentioned to my manager a while back that I would like to serve on a non-profit board. Apparently, my company is a sponsor for a Board Member Training program, which means I can take the program for free. Who even knew there was such a thing? It’s a six-session program held at different arts venues around Portland, and different arts boards are basically courting us. On our first day, we got an envelope of free tickets to shows around Portland. Like dance stuff and symphony. Neat, right?
I learned that the arts in Portland are a massive source of tourism revenue for the city. And the whole concept that “Portland is where the young people go to retire,” is actually no more reflective of Portland than any other city. Portland is actually absorbing thousands of educated young people every year, and those people are actively participating in the arts.
So I need to decide on an arts board to support. IRCO didn’t want me, apparently they want someone with board experience. That’s fair. Weigh in with your favorite non-profit.