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1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

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Affordable Arts Space

  • Affordable Arts Space Preserving and expanding affordable arts space in Portland

  • Affordable Arts Space Preserving and expanding affordable arts space in Portland


Portland is growing rapidly, and artists and arts organizations are having trouble finding affordable space to work, showcase their art, and conduct day-to-day business. In February 2018, City Council adopted a plan to preserve and expand affordable arts space in our community with recommendations to address the rapid loss of creative space impacting Portland's artists, arts organizations, and public access to the arts.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is making affordable arts space available to advance the above-mentioned plan and to advance the City of Portland's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


 CURRENT RENTAL SPACE OPPORTUNITIES

Multnomah Arts Center (MAC)

Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) is a community arts center located in Southwest Portland at 7688 SW Capitol Highway. It offers affordable arts classes ranging from music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts and crafts. It also makes performance/event space available to the community for rental and office/program space available to nonprofit organizations for tenancy.

MAC Rooms 36 & 37

Long-term leasing (multi-year up to 4.5 years)

Located within MAC’s main building, Room 36 and Room 37 are available immediately for long-term tenancy. Each room has 4 to 7 office or studio spaces ranging from approximately 100-500 sq. ft. The rooms may be rented by one organization or shared by multiple individuals/groups. The annual lease rate is $13.88-$14.37 per square foot.

PP&R invites non-profit/community arts organizations and artists to submit proposals for a lease agreement at MAC. Interested parties must demonstrate alignment with PP&R's values and goals. Proposals are currently being accepted.

On-site tours may be arranged by appointment.

More information on Rooms 36 and 37 and RFI guidelines here.

 

MAC Cottages 1 & 2

Long-term leasing (1-2 years)

Located adjacent to MAC’s main building, Cottage 1 and Cottage 2 are freestanding structures at 1040 sq. ft. each, made up of a large open space and a restroom. The Cottages are available for long-term tenancy starting October 2019 for 1- to 2-year terms. The annual lease rate is $14.37 per square foot ($1245/month).

More information on Cottages 1 & 2 and RFI guidelines here.

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC)

Multi-week leasing (3-6 weeks)

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in North Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. It has served as the cultural home for the African American community in Portland since its founding. The building consists of a theatre (capacity 99), rehearsal/dance studio (capacity 20), gallery/multi-purpose room (capacity 40), and two small offices.

IFCC is currently available to arts organizations for multi-week, short-term leasing (3-8 weeks) at a rate of $1,300 per week. Interest in 1-2 week terms may be considered with 3-6 week commitments given higher priority. Organizations must demonstrate strong alignment with IFCC’s stated goals. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

information and application here.

The Historic Overlook House

The Overlook House in North Portland is located at 3839 N Melrose Drive This property is owned by PP&R and managed by the nonprofit group Friends of the Overlook House. The house has a studio space and classroom/program space that is being made available to artists and arts groups. Rent for the studio is $250/month (includes utilities: electric, water, sewer, garbage) and $30/hour for the classroom/program space.

Contact the Friends of the Overlook House directly at coordinator@historicoverlookhouse.org.

 PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION SPACE GRANTS

In response to the vital need for affordable space, Portland Parks & Recreation is announcing a pilot space grant program offering time and space for artists to develop, create, and experiment in three PP&R facilities. The pilot is intended to gather information regarding the value of such space grants to an artist, determine community interest and engagement, and to optimize underutilized spaces.

 

In exchange for space, artists will be expected to provide some type of community engagement, such as:

  • Open rehearsal(s) to the public
  • Offer one or more workshop/class; or lecture
  • Mount an exhibit that has free admission
  • Demonstrate that work is being developed for/with greater Portland community in sites such as schools, hospitals, etc.
  • Offer free access/tickets to events such as performances and outside exhibitions

    More information on the space grant pilot and application process can be found here.
    Applications closed February 25, 2019. PP&R is proud to announce six space grant recipients for the pilot project!