ART's Resource Sharing and Community-Building Initiative supporting Portland theatre makers, arts and education nonprofits, and community groups.
The mission of the ArtsHub is to create a cultural center by supporting Portland’s rich artistic ecosystem. Programs and services include below market rates for rehearsal, performance, and meeting space; shared administrative work space for individuals and organizations; and production services such as set construction, scenic painting, and professional technical support from design through performance. Our goal is to help a diverse range of arts and community organizations thrive. We prioritize artists and organizations that support ART’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion, and seek to provide a home for artists and audiences to take creative risks. While the program’s origin six years ago was in response to an opportunity to share underutilized performance space, we have found that the most vital and lasting impact of the ArtsHub is the bustling community that has been formed, and the myriad ways it has led to the empowerment of local artists and the accelerated growth of participating organizations. On any given day, staff members and dozens of artists from multiple arts and community organizations are rehearsing, utilizing administrative support and meeting spaces, with chance encounters in shared spaces leading to increased communication and unanticipated future collaboration collaborations between organizations. In the 2018/19 Season alone, over 1,500 events were held in our building by 42 local nonprofits, including 11 resident companies — 380 ARTsHub public events, 462 rehearsals, 422 classes and 306 ART events. Our new facility is being designed so that the ArtsHub can include even more organizations than it currently serves.
WHY SHOULD THE ARTSHUB MATTER TO PORTLAND?
In the City of Portland’s 2018 report on affordable arts space in Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Nick Fish, and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly stated:
“Creative organizations, as well as people who practice their crafts here, are increasingly being priced out of the Portland market. The need for affordable performance space, rehearsal space...and office space must be addressed by the City of Portland, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), and the greater arts community...Portland’s reputation as a creative hub is not inevitable. If we aren’t intentional in our actions, we risk losing the soul of our city."
2019/20 ARTSHUB COMPANIES
ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE ARTSHUB THROUGH THE YEARS
Actor’s Equity Association (AEA)
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Basic Rights Oregon
City Club of Portland
Don’t Shoot Portland
Dramatists Legal Fund
Dramatists Guild Playwrights
Friends of Sironka
HIV Day Center
Meyer Memorial Trust
Nast (National Association of School Theatres)
Oregon Psychoanalytic Center
Portland Public Schools
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Portland State University
Science on Tap
Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
Store to Door
Stumptown Improv Festival
Theatre Communication Group (TCG)
United by Music
United Scenic Artists
Vortex Music Magazine