OK, I’m playing catchup but happy, happy news is good news to share. Don’t miss the recent Portland Business Journal article detailing Jordan Schnitzer’s sizable donation to PSU, he’s making a major contribution to the building of a new art museum at Neuberger Hall.
And not just any museum, this one is free. Free for students, free to the public, free to you and me. Thank you Jordan. Your quote in the article speaks to me, “Art museums are not just for the elite few. They are for every member of our community.” Well said Mr. Schnitzer.
Long before I became a business owner, a marketing pro or even a cafeteria server to the night shift at Northwest Bell, I was one of those slightly geeky kids with her nose in a book most of the time. Art wasn’t just an escape, it’s where I found my voice. Decades later I finished my liberal arts degree at Portland State. Lincoln Hall was still damp and leaky, Neuberger smelled funny. My fellow students and I didn’t care.
I had a TRA grant that paid me to finish my degree at age 30. It wasn’t like I won the lottery, I did win the lottery. My early stage business and marketing career rocketed with that city college degree. All the communications and marketing classes were fantastic, I loved every minute. My real inspiration, though, was the artsy stuff — History of Women’s Art with Professor Claire Kelley was mind blowing. A full year of watercolor with Professor Cheshire, life changing.
So sincere thanks to Jordan. Thank you for helping to build the community that I love living in. When the new, light filled museum at PSU opens I’ll share it with friends and family and my employees. I hope to be one of the first in line.