Nine members of the Oregon Legislature have formed the state’s first-ever Arts and Culture Caucus. The seven Democrats and two Republicans will research the arts and try and inform other members of the Oregon statehouse.

Rep. Rob Nosse (D-Portland), who coordinated the Arts and Culture Caucus’ inaugural membership, told Pamplin Media that large caucuses in Salem include the BIPOC and Coastal caucuses. Nosse said they had not had an arts caucus before, but lately they have been hearing a lot from people in the arts. “The sector is doing a better job of engaging us and revealing the challenged,” he said.


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