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Not only are bars, restaurants, barbers, and salons reopening, so is Inner Southeast's music nonproifit

RITA A. LEONARD - At left is Bob Howard, Artichoke Musics Executive Director; at right is Artichokes new Director of House Productions, Lindsie Feathers Shepherd. Bob Howard, Executive Director at Artichoke Music at 2007 S.E. Powell Boulevard, says the nonprofit is emerging from the pandemic quarantine with optimism for the future. "We were gratified by the response to our first-ever online Town Hall, and the warm welcome to our first live-stream events." [See – http://www.youtube.com/artichokemusic]

He continued, "We're in the early planning stages of re-opening consistent with Multnomah County's Phase 1 status. We're reopening for some activities. Our first Studio 'live-inside' production of Tom May's River City Folk aired on Facebook on June 20 at 2 p.m. His guest was Haley Johnson from Café Artichoke.

"Meanwhile, we're offering classes online, and all regular teachers are back. For the first time, we're offering the first international class from Dublin taught by acclaimed storyteller and singer Macdara Yeates.

"After mid-June's pause in reopening the economy," Howard went on, "Oregon's entire art and culture community has been severely impacted by the pandemic. We've been working with the newly-formed Independent Venue Coalition to decide how to save our venues using Federal Covid Relief Funds allocated to the state, under a program titled 'Life Support for Venues'. This Fund would pay basic monthly bare-bones expenses for Oregon's dedicated independent venues whose entire income derives from ticketed performances."

Artichoke's new Director of House Productions is Lindsie Feathers Shepherd: "Artichoke Cares will be our charitable foundation to help our venues in the music community who have been adversely affected by COVID-19," she told THE BEE.


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