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The loss of any arts organisation in Portland - be it large or small - makes us poorer as a community. While I would not suggest that large organisations are more 'important' than some others which operate on a small scale and budget it tends to be the more substantial performing arts groups that can afford to display a high standard of artistic product and I believe performances of a high professional level tend to be the ones that stimulate philanthropy in the wealthy and inspiration in the young as well as giving the rest of us a sense of heightened pleasure.
Furthermore there is such a degree of cross-pollination between the various large arts organisations here in Portland that the loss of any one affects the others. I am referring to such things as Portland Opera working with BodyVox and singers performing with Oregon Symphony. You can't remove one significant working part from the whole and expect all of the others to work as well as they did.
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