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Good evening I'm going to gamble. Welcome to Front Street Weekly and I'm Jim Swenson on Tonight Show. The fate of Oregon's only school for the blind is in doubt. Some legislators feel the state can't afford to maintain such highly specialized care. But parents of blind children are worried. Well why don't we face it. The real world is never going to be a big part of these children's lives. They are NEVER me how many people can cope with a child going in and out of seizures all the time. That is blind and handicapped. A summer tradition in Eugene for classical music lovers has turned into one of the leading cultural events in the northwest. The Bach Festival draws some of the finest professional vocalists instrumentalists and one of the most highly respected bought conductors in the world. It's too much. Sounds like you're not. And I'm the Portland art
scene will look at the pro knot Association and go behind the scenes of the art school Film Center and Museum. Mortimer Adler He's an author. He's a high school dropout who went on to become one of this country's leading philosophers. Tonight he'll share his thoughts and ideas on America's school system. We have not yet had in this country a truly democratic system of public schools conflict and controversy have plagued Oregon's fishing industry for several years. We'll take an in-depth look at commercial fishing and efforts being made to put the industry back on its feet. We'll see what it means to fisherman Indians and various state and federal agencies to regulate let's regulate the whole industry a fair and equitable way to love just one part of the industry like the sanitation. Put us out of business. And tonight in our series Amun on Oregon Steve braves the elements to report on an international sport that actually got its start here in Oregon.
The fate of Oregon school for the Blind has been uncertain for more than five years. Recently the century old institution was nearly closed by state legislators who called it underutilized and too expensive. In these budget squeezing times although the school has remained open it is almost certain to face continued scrutiny by legislators. Hansen uncertain future. Reporter Trish Nye worth looks at why the fight over this institution could have nationwide ramifications. In this hectic fast paced world in which we live it is often the simplest things we take the most for granted. But for some these simple pleasures aren't really simple at all. Each year thousands of children in the United States are born with handicaps and each year they are aided by new special methods tools to help them overcome
obstacles and to learn. It was in the early 1970s that federal lawmakers said handicapped children should receive the same quality education available to quote normal children. They passed a law called 94 142 which would ensure that these special youngsters not be overlooked by an already burdened educational system. Mainstreaming was the result of the law handicapped youngsters no longer were banished to institutions. They became part of the regular public school system. It's been about a decade since lawmakers thought they solved the dilemma of how to educate these special children. But today they are being faced with a new challenge. I trend appears to be growing that is opposed to mainstreaming at least for some children and the battle over who should or should not be mainstreamed may be fought out right here on Oregon soil. That battle could result in the closure of one of Oregon's oldest institutions. The School for
the blind. The issue here is whether or not alternatives like this one should be afforded to multiple handicap students may be able to be mainstreamed about for one reason or another do not feel ready. What is decided here in Oregon could change the face of mainstreaming across the country. All the kids that could be mainstreamed were mainstreamed but laymen sometimes look at the graph of population and they continue it on out and so you'd automatically think well if you were mainstreamed you know hundred and ten kids then we should automatically be able to mainstream all of them. To understand why this may be a precedent setting case you must first understand what has happened to Oregon school for the blind. Years ago more than one hundred blind children worked here. Today there are only 54. When the push for mainstreaming happened this institution like others across the country
lost the majority of its students to the public schools. Those that remain behind need intensive special care care that cannot be found in a large classroom setting. State lawmakers say they recognize and appreciate the work being done at the blind school but ironically that excellence is also troubling. We have a very excellent staff and school for the blind. Nobody argues that. But if you're over allocating your resources in the one part like that in your your pie is only so good. And that means everybody else gets a smaller piece. And the state officials we have an obligation to try to see that everybody with similar handicaps receive equivalent care far Bush is concerned that those students of the blind school are being given special treatment. There are about 500 other blind children in the state today some with multiple handicaps all who have been successfully mainstreamed fall Bush and others wonder why 54 more can't begin facing the real world as well.
Well why don't we face the real world is never going to be a big part of these children's lives. They are never you tell me how many people can cope with a child going in and out of seizures all the time. That is blind and handicapped as so many of these children are so severely impaired they never will be a part of the real world. Certainly if they are less handicapped and even if they're blind they can be a part of the real world. But it isn't going to be easy for any of them. Mom Betty McCready is quick to admit that her 13 year old daughter Molly may be one of the more severely handicapped students at the blind school besides her vision problems. Molly suffers from constant seizures that cannot be controlled by medication. Molly tried mainstreaming and was placed in the TMR classroom for the trainability mentally retarded. But other children in the class could see Molly could have been
there forever and never made any gains. And so we're saying that these are the low end and the really severely handicapped blind children we feel they need more of than what they have out there. She's a threat to normal children and their threat to her because they don't know what she's going to do and she doesn't know what they're going to do. And when you're having seizures nodding in and out all the time it's pretty hard to be a part of the real world. Jenny Kramer tried public schools to before coming to the school for the blind. Jenny's major handicap is blindness part of her I did not develop before birth she can see images but still has learning disabilities. We're here to do
that without the expert instruction she receives at the school for the blind. Jenny may not have learned to read. She would probably go back to the Salem public school and they would give her what they thought that they could work with and she basically babysat for still Oregon legislators are considering placing most of these children back in public schools. It's not that they're ignoring the police of educators and parents but after talking about closing the school for several sessions the idea now has some basis in fact the state mental health provision has come out with a report suggesting that most of the students at the school could be adequately served in their communities if state dollars followed. We have an obligation to see that all kids of similar handicaps are treated fairly and as equally as possible
and that while our trauma may be difficult for them as parents because their children are in a situation that they are used to in a comfortable way over the long run I think everyone will benefit if they really assess the community placement as a priority. Maybe not quite as comfortable but maybe in the long run better for everybody. And there have been other findings in favor of closure. Case in point the school is being underutilized. It was built for a larger population and in recent times has not been able to attract these numbers even its director recognizes that one of the problems is they were sitting on property that was designed for a hundred two hundred twenty five students and we have 54 so it is partially underused but the overhead continuous and that makes the capital high. Case in point the school is expensive. It costs about thirty two thousand dollars per student per year for the 9 month program. Mainstreaming most of the kids would cost the state about $20000 per student per
year. That's across savings to the state of about six hundred fifty thousand dollars annually. Case in point the property upon which the school was built could be used more efficiently. A local hospital has expressed interest in the land if the school were closed or moved. And finally legislators may not have ruled out the fact that even if most of the students are mainstreamed there will still be some of the public school system just can't serve for these students an alternative could be a reduced school for the blind program possibly at the state school for the deaf. A more controversial idea is to use the state's Fairview training center for the mentally retarded. But there are problems you must have an IQ of under 70 to be admitted. Therefore making it impossible for blind children needing special care to utilize the facility unless they too have mental disorders. At this point legislators aren't sure what to do. Instead of making a hasty decision that could
prompt a flurry of lawsuits by parents unhappy with their child's new placement the law makers have decided to take an in-depth look at the situation. In the meantime the school will continue to operate as it always has. Offering quality programs for these students means two dollars and one cent away right. In a way it's been its own worst enemy attracting attention to itself by offerings over and above what could be afforded at the public schools. But the fate of Oregon's only blind school is more than just another item on a legislative agenda. The issue that must be worked out there may have far reaching ramifications in years to come. Mainstreaming may never be the same. The whole concept is banned. Before one for the children back at the local school education I was down the road people said now that's not the way to do it. You should have the setting and we have many people
who say that it's wrong to have them in a residential setting where they learn all the skills so they can run. So you know 10 years from now whatever lawmakers decide they must keep in mind the issue is much larger than whether or not to close one institution. Their decision will not only affect the lives of 54 students but also of many unborn disabled children in years to come. All right. Even though hundreds of children in Oregon and across the country with the exact same disabilities have been successfully placed in public schools that alone does not prove that all disabled people can be mainstreamed for behind the blindness behind the wheelchair and behind the obstacles. Each of these folks are as
different as each one of us. Now at the very maximum I think it's going to be with the family. It isn't that we don't want the family to educate them because the parents of students attending the Blind School say they will fight any action the legislature takes to close the institution. Parents will use the state's course if necessary as a community with just over 100000 people small in comparison to other American cities. Yet
it citizenry supports one of the best cultural events in the northwest. The Oregon Bach Festival at the heart of this annual event is a German conductor who breathes life into Baroque music. Patricia joy narrates this view of conductor railing at the Bach Festival. Take an internationally renowned scholar on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach at a classroom of conducting students and the incredible center built by the people of Eugene. What emerges is one of the leading summer cultural events in the northwest. A two week series of classical concerts performed by the finest professional vocalists and instrumentalists in the world. The Oregon Bach Festival is Eugene summer tradition for Bach aficionados. It began on the University of Oregon campus in 1970. Roy Saltzman from the School of Music had extended an invitation to the respected baroque scholar Helmut reeling of Stuttgart West Germany to teach a choral conducting workshop and
conduct one Bach concert at Belle hall. Now in 1983 there are four master classes 11 days of free noon concerts at Bell and eight afternoon can top performances and 10 evening concerts onstage at the halt. What. It's different but it is the master class in choral conducting taught by reeling that is at the heart of what happens during the festival. The 30 concerts are the pleasant by product of the Bach festivals educational program the students are conductors from universities high schools churches and professional choirs around the U.S. West Germany worldwide. The Eugene classes were the models for summer box academy held also inched at guard Tokyo and when I said
what I tried to do in the class was to come back to you and yours is not only music but also it's not only a yo yo that you use. We can come together and can be very important to many people. The morning has begun with one of the wire rehearsals during the festival. Today the focus is on Bach cantata one hundred forty nine each day the students and the musicians are learning and performing a Bach cantata that really should be considered as one of the foremost Bach scholars comes as no surprise events in religious life parallel those of Johann Sebastian Bach was a church musician. It was his job to create and perform church music. And he did this with us
a longstanding tradition in his family. I have been brought up with a background of much music but not so much about a theology of my family in Europe and in their ranks. Many ministers and all too many musicians. This afternoon's rehearsal on stage at the health center includes the work. And conducting students I mean I would not I would not do this because the Alamo devious he thought it's too much. Sounds like grain in Eugene's would not.
Days they can taught us a rehearsed and perform. Himself wrote rehearsed and presented these titles often in one week. And if there's. An arrest. It is not of any use of credits from New York to Los Angeles marvel at the way really molds an ad hoc chorus and orchestra into a highly polished performing ensemble in only two weeks time. The. New acts from soloists as well and local soloists
as instrumental soloist but you need also in the two sections of the orchestra you need excellent players. Only then you can work way faster. There is a lot of professional knowledge just the technical abilities to do what these people have in addition to their technique. A wonderful musician and a great through music. The admiration is mutual with a man caliber but really it was music that you can get off and perform perform risk on but exciting. He's one of the most my seven
Spirits working for social insight. Oh well. At 5:15 relink continues to lecture this time his students are members of the audience gathered to enjoy the Bach cantata performance last Cantata I know often and serious which we have today is a cunt. Before I knew a festive day in the church here if it was it would be under the direction of the student led doctors. Each of the seven movements is led by a different student. First Movement will be conducted by Harriet Simons from Buffalo New York.
The thrill of reeling is yet to come. Tonight he will conduct Bach's Magnificat. But first friends of the Oregon Bach Festival joined musicians for dinner at what else is a box supper really praises the festivals increasing number of supporters. Eugene and the thrust of a very nice place quiet place a sophisticated place. Good friend who's here with us for her stories of course at the very beginning they did not have the personal appeal to the nation voted on the whole New Music Center. I suspect has to change the game as concert time coaches and music lovers are arriving to listen to the first Oregon Bach Festival to be held at the Hope Center. The musicians are readying themselves for the transition from rehearsal to performance and the
conductor studies the score and reflects upon his selection and the task before him. Why especially I think this has to do with his architecture and construction. It is so clean and so much although without making friends as he is no more important composer since Bach who has not been friends by his work. I like the atmosphere on stage here in Eugene very much I think its ideal way of music making. But you will not encounter many places. I think the performance would be something special which would not be just. Perfect.
1084 will mark the 15th season for the Oregon Bach Festival in the off season home that ruling is under contract to record all of the can Toddles of BOC close to 300 in number. He plans to complete this enormous task in 1905 the year commemorating box 3 100th birthday. And now a glimpse of some young artists at work and a view of some cultural events coming up soon.
Mortimer Adler has been called a Socratic traveling salesman. The distinguished philosopher travels thousands of miles each year provoking people into thinking about the great ideas of Western civilization. Recently I was in Portland where he shared his outspoken views on education and technology with Rhonda Barton. At first glance Mortimer Adler seems an unlikely television host. The 80 year old philosopher author teacher and editor of The Encyclopedia Brittanica recently starred in his own PBS series with Bill Moyers exploring six great ideas of Western civilization. But taking philosophy out of the academic closet and serving it up to a general audience is really what Adler is all about. Throughout his long and distinguished career Adler's mission has been making philosophy everybody's business. Main contribution. In my judgment. Philosophical thought is to get a more reflective of a deeper broader understanding of the things that one already knows. There is an increase in knowledge as much as
an increase in understanding and great ideas of the ideas you understand things with like spectacles but the mind you see the world in newer light Karolides besides making Aristotle and other great thinkers accessible to the layman. ADLER also has been concerned with the reform of America's schools in the PI Dia proposal Adler himself a high school dropout outlines a radical restructuring of the basic educational system. We have not yet had in this country a truly democratic system of public schools. With two or three tracks with more than half the children shut it off with no real legislation at all to call for the same college schooling for all the children. To admire the same quality education means every child should study the exact same curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade with no electives no vocational courses subjects such as language and history would be taught by lecturers
skills such as reading listening and making critical judgments will be sharpened through special exercises and an understanding of values and ideas we come through discussing Great Books and participating in music drama and art. ADLER admits that making such changes would require retraining teachers and convincing parents a task that could take 20 years or more. If this refreshes were very simple. Mr education would say this is what we're going to do in the schools of France we do it the next morning. In this country you have to persuade there are 15000 or more autonomous school board school districts each of which has the power to decide where should be taught and how it should be taught within the school within its jurisdiction so you have to persuade the country state by state district by district. If I kind of as I was going to survive either politically or economically it has to happen is the question of choice really. We have to do that are we. I think our society will flounder badly.
Another thing that has Sadler worried is this threat. Technological advances pose to human values. In a speech at the Oregon Graduate Center in September as their set is more sophisticated and intelligent computers are developed. We must remember the fundamental difference between man and machines. Imagine for a moment. If you will. That the Korean airliner 0 0 7 had been run by a vet on board that it was a freight plane not a passenger plane. Onboard was a lot of very high tech computers being sent from the United States to South Korea. And let's suppose that they Soviet You know that the computers were going to stray from this program to fly. Across the Soviet space and the Soviet jets shot that plane down with me and I'll cry yes that we probably damaged the American manufacturers of the plane you know Korean plane of the American manufacturer
being shipped out of mikes to the Soviet Union to regain their profit not be morally outraged. We wouldn't call it murder. We wouldn't call it have less respect for human values human rights. We know persons onboard in the future someone may invent a computer that can hold conversations solve puzzles and behave in ways indistinguishable from the person. But if that happens there says the foundation of human rights and dignity is gone forever. Ever went on to say that only human beings have an intellect and a free will. If machines are given those qualities then humans are no longer unique and their value is diminished. Others such as Norm want to stay out of floating point systems disagreed with others conclusions. They said computers expand human choices and increase productivity.
Oregon's commercial fishing industry is literally on its back and for as many people as you asked there seem to be as many reasons but some at least are now talking about potential solutions. Eileen Pincus Walker narrates this report on the Oregon fishing industry and its options for survival. Ellen Harrell would rather be on board a boat standing where he is watching the grizzly go by. A grizzly is the last boat Allen worked for as a fisherman when he started fishing five years ago. He thought the industry offered him job security and food on the table. Things have changed. I've been looking for other work which I've been hoping. You know. You're going to be. If it keeps going that. Alan is an unemployed fisherman and he's got plenty of company. Oregon's commercial fishermen are experiencing one of the poorest years ever.
Thousand fifty dollars this year against a normal 25 to $35000 season and that we've had that just a few dollars which doesn't even it doesn't even start anywhere near even pay the expenses of the boat the normal operating expenses license and insurance policy. Just two years ago catches netted fishermen 144 million the highest mark a year of profit by nineteen eighty two fishermen netted 20 million less. This year the catch is expected to be. Down another 40 percent. Oregon's fishing industry wants the third largest in the state is in serious trouble. The problem simply put. Is not enough fish to go around. State Representative Bill Bradbury says the problems facing the salmon fisheries is typical of the problems industry wide. If you look at salmon in the mid 70s there was a dramatic increase in the amount of salmon available for harvest. At the same time the federal government through the
production credit association made a lot of money available for people to buy boats. So you had almost a doubling of the fleet. In the in the mid to late 70s. The harvest that resource because there are all these people who said hey people are getting rich out there let's go buy a boat and get into it and then we had a downturn. And the amount of fish that were available and here all these loans on all these boats. Too many boats dividing up a smaller and smaller and smaller pie. The Columbia River dam system used to be blamed for devastating the Chinook and other salmon runs. But analysts now contend that over harvesting of all kinds of fish is at the heart of the problem of declining runs more effective fishing gear larger vessels and sophisticated electronic equipment allow fishermen to increase their catch. Most of the money the Earthman's earned is invested back in their boat. A small fixer upper can cost $2000 an average trawler over 20
times that. Many of the thirty nine hundred licensed commercial boats are financed through state and federal loan programs. But these programs have had to tighten their lending policies. In 1980 fishermen were hit with skyrocketing fuel costs and double digit interest rates that compounded with tougher government restrictions on harvesting. That made it tough for many to stay afloat. I'm facing bankruptcy right now and I'm not the only one and it's not too because I'm not a good fisherman because I fish for 30 years. My son's fish releases he's 8 years old and we know the sea you know how to fish. It's just plain like us a service that's already facing the fishery and regulations. It's a combination of a lot of things for fishermen facing bankruptcy. The options are few. One insurance agent we spoke to said calls claiming fishing boats have sunk are up dramatically. They're just holding on for all they care. There's a lot of boats being rebuilt.
It's hurting a lot of people. Other fishermen argue there are fish out there to be caught. Bureaucratic bungling has put on necessary restrictions on the industry. We're not allowed to go out here although the fish may be out here in abundance. People are sitting behind desks someplace and figuring on a pencil that the fish are going to be down there yesterday out here today. And right up there tomorrow. And this doesn't work out this ocean is just as unpredictable as the bar and the waves are out here. Case in point fish count the fisherman say State Fish and Wildlife managers still haven't found a way to accurately predict fish run's and overregulation is running the fishermen right out of business. A lot of my constituents are going broke in the fishing industry right now because there there's just not enough fish there too many boats. The whole thing add to that. The regulatory system
that came down on top of them with the 200 mile limit which was supposed to be the fisherman's saving grace was the 200 mile limit and instead it turned into a regulatory nightmare. But state officials say someone must manage the resource. The ocean is no longer the endless supplier we once thought it was. And failure to manage the supply will only destroy the industry. It's no longer an unexplored front you know but if there were no next print here it has been exploited both by domestic and foreign. Only. Right at the point where better management is going to be required. Better management. Unfortunately sometimes means restrictions which were not there before commercial fishermen and treaty Indians feel they do not get a fair share of the fish available for their catch. The Indians argue the longstanding Indian Treaty fishing rights have been an
unfulfilled law. Commercial fishermen also feel unfairly treated. They say only certain species are regulated by law to regulate less regulate the whole industry. A fair and equitable way but love does not pick on one part of the industry like a salmon fisherman and put us out of business. Raising fish artificially was supposed to be the answer to the supply problem. It wasn't fish raised in hatcheries aren't as hardy and are more susceptible to diseases. They just don't survive the Fish and Wildlife Department admits hatchery raised fish can't be counted on to increase the fish stocks substantially. Aqua culture has been a failure. Weyerhaeuser doesn't like losing money but they have been losing money at aqua culture. It has not been returning what anyone hoped it would. Another problem. The number of agencies outside of Oregon that affect Oregon's fisheries for instance Alaska and Canada now legally harvest 80 percent of the fish grown in Oregon for their own market.
Many of this from out in the ocean and the North Canadian watered into Alaskan water going into the ice. We do have a major interception of river stock in both Alaska and Canada and many of the fish that do make it back to Oregon waters are illegally caught fish poaching has become a crucial problem this year because of the poor fish rods. Illegal docks like this one are evidence that poaching exists along the Pacific coast and inland waters. On top of all these problems are the uncontrollable natural forces that leave the fishermen guessing what the next harvest will bring. This year's surprises include the El Nino natural weather phenomenon that has resulted in smaller fish and an obvious lack of fish activity. Smaller catches have not only hurt the fisherman but others in the industry as well. Approximately 14 Oregon. Buyers and processors have gone out of business since 1979 leaving several hundred people unemployed to
survive. Many say the industry will have to do something. It has been slow to do work together. Even fish loving Northwesterners will have to learn to eat more and varied kinds of fish. If the industry is to survive some parts of the industry like crab and bottom fishing have started marketing programs seminars such as this one showing food handlers how to fillet shark are part of the solution. Personalities like Horst Mager help enhance the idea there is more to organ fish than a high priced salmon shark squid octopus and Pacific writing the kinds of nontraditional low prized fish the industry would like Oregonians to begin developing a taste for. Many in the industry have their own way of getting people to try different types of fish the way we got people to start trying to shark if we took a barbecue grill out on the sidewalk and started cooking shark and giving out shark it was supply and demand fisherman say is the real problem. If more fish can be
marketed to the consumer. Other problems including adequate financing will take care of themselves. Nancy finale's marketing director of the Oregon Dungeness crab commission. Her job is to improve the image of the dungeon is crab so that more Oregonians will eat it and the price will stabilize. She's taken us Dungeness crab to Hawaii Alaska and Japan. It's been featured in restaurant and trade journals as a gourmet item she says. The marketing works so we've we've taken a product that fishermen were having a hard time marketing themselves to the fish buyer. They were put on limits they were getting a low price for it and we've enhanced the image to the end user or the housewife or the person at the restaurant who's buying the seafood. And we've made it into something that they they want their their calling people and saying hey I want tenderness crab. Joe easily of the Oregon Trail Commission is doing similar work with bottom fish. He realizes that bottom fish isn't exactly a popular fish in high demand
but feels optimistic about its future. We've got back and done some direct advertising producing a label that trying to get three trailers. We're getting more and more music. And. Pushing that is an advertising medium and something to recognize for an organ product. If the tactics work organs fishing industry could recover. If more fish are caught here fisherman say the prices will come back down. But if consumers don't change their tastes it could mean the end of Oregon's fishing industry as we know it. I mean we're in the minority but we deserve recognition. It's a it's a great industry. And we were fun to see we feed people you know and I think we deserve that and we're getting the Honestly what the fishermen would really like to see is instead of all this focus on regulation they'd like to see at least an equal focus if not a greater focus on the answer on improving the resource so that there's more there for them to
harvest and I think that's the real challenge. Meanwhile new data that is being reviewed by the various fisheries agencies is showing that the salmon runs in the foreseeable future will be even worse. Likely meaning even more restrictive seasons. A promise of a bleak future for Oregon's commercial salmon industry. The Portland Art Association is one of the oldest arts organizations in the northwest but like other arts institutions it needs money and public support to continue and that means it is essential it maintain a positive public image. Many people don't realize the Portland Art Association is more than just the Portland Art Museum. The association also includes the Northwest College of Art. The only institution offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the northwest the Northwest Film Studies Center is the third member of the association actively involved in
bringing films filmmakers and film lovers together. All three are museum film study center museum art school. Are the separate but equal parts which together comprise the Portland Art Association. The Association Board of Directors is committed to a method of operation with each institution having its own director reporting to an executive director Donald Jenkins head of the museum remembers when the association was just the museums. People didn't talk about the art association. They said the museum they still did to some extent but now there's a greater awareness that this is a complex institution of three distinct. Organizations in one. What are the real strengths of this institution. Well the strengths are first of all the strength of its components. Who else in the Portland area is concerned about the art of the past. Who else in the Portland area is concerned about the art of other cultures.
We have an obligation to the people who don't travel outside this community to represent that whole world. Now I don't think we should do it in such a way that we allow equal amounts of everything and dilute our purpose our collecting is is concentrated in certain areas where we know we are strong. But our exhibition programme and our collections to some extent try to do justice to the wider world of art but the art museum also is an exciting field trip for schoolchildren. You can touch and feel in our West Indian. Perhaps try an Indian mass. The newly renovated impressionist gallery in the air wing is a totally different art experience. There are some people who feel intimidated and they don't understand the meaning of a specific exhibition. Consequently some have charged the museum with being elitist because I think it's one of the biggest red herrings I've seen in a long time. This place simply is not
elitist and all it requires is for someone to come here of a Friday evening when we're open to the public or on the weekends to see this place being used in a way that just would throw that charge out the door. So I think we have a great a great future and a great story to tell. And we need help in telling it. This is the side of the Pacific Northwest College of Art or the museum art school as many refer to it. This is where young artists to be come in if their fortune after graduate receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It is also an equal part of the Portland Art Association along with the Northwest film study center and the Portland Art Museum. It is unique in that it is one of four or five museums museum art schools left in the country. School director Sally Lawrence feels the real strength of the college is due to its close association with the museum. It's been a stormy past. It's been very difficult for
museums and schools to maintain a viable relationship. Museums collect. And preserve and educate. Schools teach. And they have different needs different demands made upon them in some ways serve a different public and it's been difficult but it can be done. And when it is done it's done well. It's a very valuable asset because the Northwest College of Art has the only degree program of its kind in the northwest. The association covers the cost of the school's overhead. However tuition meets most of the school budget are direct. Ninety five percent of our direct costs are covered by our tuitions. Is it possible today's world can really make it as an artist or should one
have other skills as well. It is possible but I don't believe at this point that one can honestly say that the moment you earn a B of A degree you're going to be an artist you're going to go out there and earn a lot of money. That doesn't happen. I've noticed. A very definite attitude on the part of students who are very consciously gearing themselves for a dual career. Are you optimistic about the future of art museums and museums schools and in particular this one. Yes I am. I am very optimistic about it. A member of the board of the Boston School recently referred to the museums as a National Trust. There are only four or five of us left and we are. Uniquely an American institution. So Northwest film study center is the newest member of the Portland artistic
director Bill Foster sees it as a regional media arts center. We're trying to turn that around a little bit and encourage people to make their own films. And also to become more discriminating consumers of what comes from other places. So we do a whole range of things in Portland. And all over the Northwest that sort of try and stimulate this on all kinds of levels. So you teach him to make people aware of you provide a chance for people to see a film where they might not be able to write and we try and be sort of community catalyst if that's the right word together. Different organizations different individuals and try and create some sort of new context or new ground. Where people can become involved and exchange ideas and audiences. Foster feels the benefits of joining with the art association outweigh the disadvantages of operating independently. Obviously the the this partnership with with the college and the
museum. Has also opened a lot of doors and done a lot of things entrée into the community so to speak in public awareness. Things that might take a large organisation much much longer to achieve. Do you carry your own weight financially. Yes and No. It's hard to come up with costs when you're sharing accounting departments. And janitorial services and space allocations to come up with exact figures but by and large we do pretty well with earned income and grants that are available to us individually as opposed to the whole association. The present executive director of the Portland are Association Stephen Austro was hired three years ago but recently Ostrow and the board announced he will be leaving early next year. The association boards don't want someone well-versed in marketing someone who will primarily devote time to fundraising leaving each director free to run his organization. You have said you're leaving 1084. Do you feel that you've accomplished what you intended to
when you came to Portland. Not totally I would have liked to have had one no run for the year to sort of put put things to bed put ideas to bed. Did you feel better about the board's behavior in all of this. It's the it's the nature of nonprofit organizations. I once made the comment a long time ago and I've repeated here that institutions eat people and that's how they they survive. What happened to me is absolutely normal for people in my position time. I'm on the job market now and I'm not unique I mean look at the Oregon school boards where I've saw or look at what's been happening down at the you know at the Opera Association etc. and that's not just Portland that's Portland and Los Angeles and San Antonio Texas. You know you name it. Even though he's leaving. Still Astro believes in the strengths of the Portland Art Association. Association has a high quality arts
institution that is servicing the people of the region in a magnificent matter. So joining the Portland Art Association does give one access to the three institutions. I mean the museum Study Center and of course the museum art school. That's a great combination. Finally tonight on our series A man on Oregon Steve attempts the role of a sportscaster and he's going to take a look at a sport that had its origins here in Oregon. Thanks Jim. The location Delta park the reason a national championship. Why Portland. Because this is where the relatively new international sport actually got started and the sport that has all these people excited. Footbath not hacky sack.
At first glance it looks like any other morning at Del a park overcast a few hardy souls braved the elements fortified with a little caffeine other stretch muscles cramped from a night spent sleeping in the back of a car. Now it's bad enough being up this early on a Sunday but stretching too. These folks are obviously different from most of us. They've come from as far away as West Virginia and Louisiana. Why do you compete in the first annual National Football League Championship. By now you're probably wondering just what is foot bag anyway. Well to begin it isn't like any of our other major sports. Oh nice try nice try. So have you figured out the difference yet. The big three baseball football and basketball all rely heavily on the use of the hands something strictly taboo in football taking games have been around for many many centuries in our eastern cultures and. The American culture has been so hand oriented that unlike
the European countries that have soccer the American sports were lacking that foot coordination. In our game we do not kick the object. We simply apply a lift to it. And for that reason this is how it is very helpful in strengthening the lower body. That's why Oregonians John stall Berger and Mike Marshall designed the first hacky sack back in 1972 and over the past 11 years it's gaining popularity. One of the reasons is the cost of foot bag runs anywhere from six to $15 and there been more than a million of them sold in the last five years alone. Foot bag is also being promoted as a sporting event in the world. But bag Association based in the Rose City now has members in Denmark Sweden Australia and Canada. But while the number of players has grown it's still not a big spectator sport. So it's always easy to find a good seat. I have to tell you if you haven't watch foot bag you're really missing out. It doesn't take you long to see why these people are willing to come out under questionable conditions and root for their favorite players. The game takes an incredible amount of
coordination and skill but I'm still not sure the body was meant to bend like that. In addition to being contortionist these folks are the nicest group of competitors I've ever seen. Unlike others who enjoy nothing better than throwing a nationally televised tantrum. How much bigger we can screw it up later next week. Here's a nice contrast the way these players are discussing it. I mean not arguing to be discussing a questionable call on game point. That's game point in a doubles match determine the International Champions. We just lost track. You guys want to serve it again. With the right to have the objection to that there should be military to do it that way. It's kind of hard to picture McEnroe involved in a conversation like that. But wait it gets even better. This is how the losers congratulate the winners. No meaningless handshake here. In fact these players spend about as much time hugging each other as they do playing the game.
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