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1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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5340 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Soo Pak, Arts, Culture & Special Events Manager


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Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Short-term Leasing of IFCC

From January to December 2019, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is making the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) available to arts organizations for short-term leasing (3-6 weeks) by lottery. To qualify for entry into the lottery, your organization must demonstrate strong alignment with IFCC's stated goals. Application deadline is Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Complete information can be found here.

Portland Parks & Recreation is currently developing a community-driven plan to reopen the historic IFCC in 2018. Check here for updates and information.

Our goals are to honor and advance:

  1. IFCC's history and roots in the African American community
  2. IFCC's original mission to explore, preserve and celebrate Portland’s diversity
  3. The City of Portland's commitment to racial equity
IFCC Community Advisory Committee Facilitator: Dr. Steven Holt
Antoinette Edwards Community Peace Collaborative
Helen Daltoso Regional Arts & Culture Council
Suba Ganesan Portland's Creative Laureate, New Expressive Works
S. Renee Mitchell Educator at Roosevelt High School & Artist
Prentice Onayemi Grains of Salt, Alberta Abbey
Donovan Smith Gentrification is Weird
Rob Smith PHAME
Cynthia Sulaski Overlook Neighborhood Association
Patricia Welch North Portland Library, Retired
Tyler White The CENTER, I Love This Place PDX
Jeana Woolley JM Woolley & Associates, Marco Properties LLC
Community Advisory Committee Meetings
1st meeting: Wednesday, July 18, 2-5 pm
2nd meeting: Tuesday, July 24, 6-9 pm
3rd meeting: Monday, July 30, 4-7 pm
4th meeting: Friday, August 10, 10 am-1 pm
5th meeting: Thursday, August 30, 1-4 pm
6th meeting: Wednesday, September 12, 9 am - 12 pm
7th meeting: Tuesday, September 25, 2 - 5 pm
8th meeting: Monday, October 15, 6-9 pm
9th meeting: Monday, November 5, 6-9 pm
10th meeting: Monday, November 12, 6-9 pm
11th meeting: Thursday, November 29, 6-9 pm (Location TBD)
Community Engagement Forum: To be announced

About IFCC

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in north Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. 

Mission Statement
IFCC is committed to creating an environment in which people of every ethnic and cultural background come together as artists and audience to explore, preserve, and celebrate their diversity.

IFCC History

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in north Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. The IFCC was founded in 1982 by Portland's first African-American elected official, Commissioner Charles Jordan. The building was originally constructed in 1910 as a fire station and was in use until 1959. The renovated structure now contains a theater with the capacity for over 100 seated guests, an art gallery, dance studio, and space for rehearsals or classes.

The building is owned by Portland Parks & Recreation, a City of Portland Bureau, and was managed by IFCC, Inc. until May 2010, when the non-profit ceased operations. In August 2010, management authority was given to Ethos, Inc. by a unanimous vote of the Portland city council. Ethos returned management responsibilities to the City of Portland on December 31, 2014 to redirect their resources to support expanded outreach in communities throughout Oregon. Portland Parks & Recreation took over management responsibilities on January 1, 2015 and is committed to honoring the rich traditions of this historic space. 

historical photo of IFCC from 1910