“Since overseeing the city's stewardship over arts and cultural programs and initiatives four years ago as a new commissioner, Adams has said and done the right things. In that time, Adams has helped raise the percentage of art from the budget of urban development projects 1 percent to 2 percent; advocated several important programs such as Work for Art, which cultivates new donors from the workplace, and Arts Partners, an initiative to create arts education opportunities; and championed the Northeast Portland artist condo development Milepost 5. Above all, he's done his homework. Adams is a notable policy wonk, and his office has prepared volumes of research on how arts and cultural programs directly raise Portland's quality of life.”[i]
Adams fulfilled a city council campaign promise by hiring Jesse Beason as his staff arts liaison[ii], the city’s first near full-time arts liaison in three years.
[i] Row, D.K. (June 29, 2008). “Art for arts' sake.” The Oregonian. Page 1.
[i] Smith, Kennedy (March 7, 2007) “Milepost 5.” https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2014/04/how-artists-sudden-love-of-condos-could-change-the.html