This week the Collaborative Arts and Culture Foundation (CACF) announced that will take the place of, Portland’s comprehensive online cultural calendar and marketing site.

In addition to providing calendar information and free e-marketing opportunities for the arts and culture community, will also continue to share data with the online calendars of Travel Portland, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland Area Theatre Alliance and many others.

“We have been listening carefully to the suggestions, needs and comments of local arts organizations and subscribers to the site.  We’ve taken their ideas and good suggestions to heart and will continue to improve this important service to the cultural community,” explains CACF board president, Ellen Bergstone.  “The new name has a direct connection to the purpose of the site — to encourage greater attendance at cultural events in Portland and Oregon — and is easier to remember.  The public will no longer think that our site is about Hawaiian dance!”

Upgrades to the new site include better and simplified navigation to improve the user experience, re-designed look and feel as well as the new Venue assessment.  A single search bar will provide information about local events, arts organizations, venues and more.   The Venues section now includes information about seating capacity, ADA accessibility, parking, public transportation, food options, venue amenities, equipment, etc.

“Our goal is to have be the ‘go-to’ source for arts and culture calendar data, connecting arts producers to new audiences and audiences to the range of cultural activities,” Bergstone said. “We are very pleased with the growth of, which now lists events for more than 1,500 artists and organizations, with over 50,000 weekly digest participants.   Since the launch of HulaHub, we have generated impressions and shared data for producers, venues and event information over 90,000,000 times.  We know these new improvements will make the site easier for visitors and producers alike and are working to have the entire Oregon and SW Washington region represented in the next year.”

In case you haven’t heard, HulaHub is now being supported by the new nonprofit Collaborative Arts & Culture Foundation.

So, what does that mean?

First, a little history:  Box Office Tickets (BOT) developed HulaHub as a probono project and launched it in November 2009.  BOT worked with the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the City of Portland and others, to create HulaHub.  It was a gift to the Portland arts community, which had wanted to have a central online cultural calendar for more than a decade.  HulaHub is all about creating community and promoting every cultural event in the Portland Metro.

The success of HulaHub has exceeded expectations.  Now thousands of subscribers receive weekly email updates and thousands more get HulaHub information from the web.  HulaHub shares calendar data with other major cultural websites, including those of TravelPortland and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

After giving so much to make HulaHub a reality, BOT needed to step back and focus again on being a ticketing company.  Someone else needed to help HulaHub thrive.  That’s where the Collaborative Arts & Culture Foundation (CACF) comes in.

So who is CACF?

Currently, CACF is a small group of volunteers with decades of experience in the arts.  I’m the President of the Board.  We don’t yet have a staff, so this is a labor of love for us.   (Find out more about our mission at  After incorporating in March 2010, CACF decided to take on the role of maintaining, improving and growing HulaHub.  We believe in this tool and want to make it more successful.  Our long-term goal is to take HulaHub to communities across the country.

That’s it in a nutshell.   CACF is proud to bring this tool to everyone – the artists, cultural organizations, and the public at large.  We’ll be announcing more features and improvements in the future.  You can always let us know what you think by emailing us.

Hallelujah! The HulaHub site is live and prime for your feedback. As we’re posting this on the site, it will be auto-tweeted in Twitter. Cool, huh?

Plain and simple, HulaHub connects the consumers of art to the people who create the art. As we all know, the word “Art” means different things to different people. Wikipedia defines it as the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, sculpture, and paintings. We think you’ll find a little bit of all of this in HulaHub.

Now go browse around for events, venues and producers, find tickets for upcoming shows, view recommendations, share your experiences using our integrated blogging tool, and sign up to receive a weekly email digest about upcoming events from your list of favorites. Do we need to say more?

And after you’ve had a chance to check out all of the site’s features, tell us what you think.

You bet. HulaHub is a niche social networking site that connects people to the arts and the arts to the people. HulaHub takes you beyond the online event calendar format and provides a platform for discussion, creativity and life. At HulaHub, it’s about your story.

Over 400 organizations participate in HulaHub and not only do they want to share what they’re up to, but more importantly, they want to know what you’re up to…your likes, your dislikes, your ups and your downs. We know all art forms are subjective, but HulaHub organizations are looking for alternative viewpoints to create the type of art that will captivate and engage their audience.

Performances are alive and taking place in your community, so what’s holding you back from taking a look at the vibrant art scene… and best of all, we’re all ears! Use the HulaHub iPhone app before, after even during the event and let us know what you think. Your thoughts may affect the creators and what they will produce next. So tell them your story and share your thoughts. Need some guidance? Search for “Director’s Picks” on the “browse and buy” page of the site to find out what the people who are creating the art are actually recommending.