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The Portland Open Studios Board spent so much time last weekend discussing where we’ve been and where we want to go in the Portland art scene, and made so many decisions, that it might take us a little time to convey it all to you. What follows are some of the changes we made, but it’s certainly not all. The chart shows the basic fees charged artists from 2010 to the present. As you can see, we haven’t kept up with rising prices at all, but we still want to make the tour affordable to as many artists as possible.

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Participation 250 150 150 150 150 150 150 140
Jury/ Application Starting Fee 30 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
Jury/ Application Final Week Fee 40 35 35 35 35 35 35 35
Opt Out 0 175 175 175 175 175 175 155

We are raising the entry fee and eliminating the opt out fee.  We are also eliminating the required volunteer hours (while still offering it as an option to people who want it).  We did this because we unanimously agreed that most of our artists would volunteer whether or not they were required to do so. 

Just as important, we are offering so much more in benefits this year.  The meetings will be shorter and much more helpful.  For instance, we are bring in an expert on social media and how you can make it work for you.  We are eliminating the need for the artists to sell ads, which we know was a hardship on many.  We are planning much more in artist-involved shows to promote our artists.

 The gallery scene and art world in Portland is changing.  In order to stay relevant we need more funds and a more active community.  When we are stronger as a group we will have a larger impact on what changes occur, such as studio space, group shows, etc.  We need our artists to attend the meetings so they can be better informed, active, and part of the decision making process.

We welcome your comments. 

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