What we're about
Portland Patrons of the Arts (PPOA) is a group of art enthusiasts who live in the Portland area. 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.
A note from our Founder, Natcharee: "I started this group to share my love of art and music and to help promote and support our community of young artists. I've left 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."
More recently, Carol Taylor has stepped up to take on the role as Organizer. Natcharee will continue her involvement in PPOA as a member.
We currently provide free membership. Our goal is to be able to provide our Art Patrons with affordable experiences with a personal touch. PPOA will not ask for contributions for the meetup website annual cost but will ask for the member to purchase his or her own ticket to an event that has a cost. However, the organizer may arrange to have seats together held whenever possible, 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, whenever possible. 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 and music meetup groups on occasion and will strive to have hosted events (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% or more for groups of 10 or more members. The leadership team will always look for the opportunity of other discounts. We will also post large public events that may be of interest for you to consider bringing your family and/or friends.
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 (Carol or Audrey) 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.
Reminder: Please provide a RECOGNISABLE headshot photo of yourself for your profile for this group. Your membership will not be approved without an approved photo.
Carol, PPOA Organizer, and Audrey, PPOA Co-Organizer