This e-mail just arrived from Artichoke Music. I am posting this as a follow-up to the previous article about them closing. This is great and fantastic news for musicians and music lovers throughout the city of Portland as well as the unique SE Hawthorne business district.
You have all read stories of near death experiences. Well, we are here to tell you that all of those accounts are true. We saw the end of Artichoke very clearly last month. There was a bright white light and a long tunnel. We had an overwhelming feeling of peace and tranquility amidst the sadness. Then, a kind and gentle hand reached out and we were thrust back into reality carrying a sense of hope. In short, we are not closing.
Following our announcement last month that we were closing Artichoke Music we received countless passionate offers of help. One of those offers stood out. The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) approached us with an offer of support. They offered to provide some consulting to see if there was a viable and sustainable model that would keep Artichoke open. We have begun our work with a remarkable consultant, George Thorn, who is serving as our guide through this process. We are just beginning our work with George but we are hopeful that we can emerge from this time as a healthy nonprofit.
These changes will take some time to sort out. We are getting financial and legal advice as we look at Artichoke from every angle to insure the new model is sustainable. A new business model is being designed and tested. We don’t know how long this will take but we are committed to business as usual until everything sorts out.
Thank you to our dear friend Alan Alexander who introduced us to RACC. And thank each and every one of you for your patience with us. I know you have been along for the wild ride as we kept you updated along the way. Stay tuned as we work our way through this. You are the reason we are here. Come see us.
– Jim & Richard