We met with Emilee Ohia, aide to Senator Jeff Merkley

img_5841    We discussed the idea of repurposing the historic Gilbert Underwood’s 1938 downtown post office into a people’s art museum that would house a permanent collection 50% Native American art (both traditional and contemporary) and 50% regional artists works.

Lee Boutell accompanied me to the meeting (shown in photo left with Emilee Ohia).  I shared the Memorandum of Agreement protecting the historic Carl Morris murals and we discussed preservation goals for the entire building which is a WP!-era,  art deco style.

We discussed the precedent in Coos Bay (The Coos Museum) where they repurposed the 1934 historic post office into CAM (the Coos Art Museum) by floating a bond measure and a 5-year “door to door” effort to raise money and support.

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We thanked the Senator for being the only US senator who supported Bernie Sanders.  Photo above shows Lee going over info on US Post Office for presentation to Emilee.  Stay tuned to this blog for additional developments.

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arts activist, painter
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