Portland Patrons of the Arts (PPOA) is a group of art enthusiasts who live in Portland. We promote Cultural and Creative Arts & Music. Your membership will give you the exclusive experience with PPOA discounts from our group Sponsors for Art and Theater events ranging from 20% to 25%.
"Our mission is to awaken love for art through an intimate experience of its various expressions, and thereby inspiring enthusiastic support for our Art Community."
The Art Patron is anyone interested in supporting, planning and attending arts and cultural events. I started this group to share my love of art and music and to help promote and support our community of young artists. Sadly I will be leaving Portland, but will continue managing a chapter of PPOA in Springfield, Missouri beginning 2016. However, I have recently transferred the PPOA meetup to our member and my friend, Audrey Romeo. Audrey is a lover of the arts and though a recent transplant from NYC, has learned about and participated in PPOA activities and a number of other meetup events that focus on the arts. She has organized meetups to theater events and currently leads a book club, which she will transfer to PPOA.
She too, believes that Portland is the most vibrant, dynamic, creative, and supportive of its artists. Audrey is looking forward to organizing events for current PPOA members and in meeting new Patrons of the Arts.
We started out with free membership and will return to that model of experiencing events together. Our goal is to be able to provide our Art Patrons with affordable experiences with a personal touch. PPOA will ask for contributions for the meetup website annual cost (any amount you can afford) and for the member to purchase his or her own ticket to an event that has a cost. However, the organizer will arrange to have seats together held, within a window of time, to insure that members have the opportunity to sit together during an event. We will also continue to set up a meeting place before or after the event, dependent on its timing. Happy hours are always an option before an event and the late happy hours that Portland restaurants provide work well for post-event gatherings.
We will collaborate with other art meetup groups on occasion and will always have a hosted event (barring any emergencies).) We will continue to strive to provide the best savings for our events. Our sponsors hopefully will continue to provide discounts that range from 20% to 25% for groups of 10 or more members. Audrey will always look for the opportunity of other discounts.
Our rules of membership will continue. A new member must be approved by an organizer after he or she completes the online form, agrees to our terms of decorum and treating others in a friendly manner, promises to update RSVPs in a timely fashion and provide a current photo of his or her face; no cartoons or pets or scenes. PPOA does not allow members to promote their own business ventures on our site at any time, nor any reposting of our events on other sites except when one of our organizers (Audrey or Natcharee) arranges to collaborate with another group for a specific event. Members may not use the PPOA site for anything except RSVPs, appropriate comments and/or questions about an event or suggestions for an art event that is in line with our mission (second paragraph above). PPOA organizers have the right to remove from membership, anyone who disrupts an event or makes inappropriate comments to another member.
Natcharee, Founder/Organizer and Audrey, Founding Platinum Member/PPOA Co-Organizer
New members must be approved by the Organizer
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