Literary Arts is proud to announce the return of Bank of America as our Title Sponsor for the Portland Book Festival in 2019. We are so grateful for Bank of America’s support, with special thanks to Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America’s Market President in Oregon and SW Washington. Bank of America’s leadership in the community and continued support of Literary Arts help inspire a better, more inclusive world through the power of storytelling.
As the Title Sponsor of the Portland Book Festival, Bank of America is making an important statement about the value of the arts as a means of social change. At Literary Arts, we continue to strive to make the Festival as inclusive as possible and offer low-cost tickets to promote accessibility, including free tickets to all attendees 17 years old or younger. Ticket sales only cover 10% of the cost of the festival. Lead sponsors, like Bank of America, help keep ticket prices low because our whole community deserves the chance to share in and exchange stories about the world’s most important ideas.
Bank of America is committed to supporting the work of nonprofits who strive to make the local community a better place to live, especially those nonprofits focused on workforce development and education, basic needs and community development, and economic development and social progress. They have been serving Oregon for more than 120 years, and have given more than $6 million in support to Oregon nonprofits since 2014. Literary Arts is delighted to be counted among the many deserving community organizations involved with Bank of America. For more information about their work in the community, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/oregon.
“We’ve been supporting Literary Arts for many years now, primarily their College Essay Mentoring Project and Writers in the Schools. We’ve seen first-hand the impact their Youth Programs have on engaging students,” said Monique Barton, Bank of America’s Portland-based Senior Vice President. “And we’re honored to again support the Portland Book Festival, an important community convening.”
Through this partnership, Bank of America will continue to support Literary Arts’ Youth Programs, especially the College Essay Mentoring Project, which provides one-on-one mentoring for high school students working on their college admissions and scholarship essays. In the past year, 107 mentors assisted 249 high school students at Grant, Benson, Franklin, Gresham, and Roosevelt high schools through this program, where 59% of participants will be first-generation college students. With Bank of America’s support, Literary Arts helps better prepare local students to excel in college and compete in the 21st-century workplace and generates excitement around writing.
Andrew Proctor, the Executive Director of Literary Arts, remarked, “We are very grateful to have Bank of America back as our Title Sponsor for the third year. Bank of America understands that there is a transformative power in making connections between people in our community. We want to thank them for making such an important investment in our work and helping us produce a civic event that reminds all Oregonians of what we have in common: stories. Our communities are stronger and more resilient because of their leadership support.”
The Portland Book Festival is the Pacific Northwest’s largest gathering of readers, writers, and literary organizations together in a physical space. In 2018, 8,500 booklovers gathered downtown, including 940 young people who received free admission. The 2019 Festival will be held on Saturday, November 9, and will return to the Portland Art Museum and surrounding SW Park blocks.
We look forward to sharing a memorable festival with all of you! Stay tuned for ticketing information and this year’s author line-up announcement on Thursday, September 5.