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1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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

503-823-PLAY (7529)

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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

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


In January 2018, the City of Portland released A Plan for Preserving and Expanding Affordable Arts Space in Portland, 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 Opportunities

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-wee, short-term leasing (3-6 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.

More information and application here.

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 and 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 square feet. The rooms may be rented by one organization or shared by multiple individuals/groups. The annual lease rate is $13.88 per square foot.

More information on rooms 36 and 37, and RFI guidelines here.

MAC cottages 1 and 2 short-term (6 months) and long-term leasing (1-2 years)
Located adjacent to MAC’s main building, cottage 1 and cottage 2 are freestanding structures at 1,040 square feet each, made up of a large open space and a restroom. The cottages are available immediately for short-term tenancy now until July 2019. They are available for long-term tenancy starting October 2019, for 1- to 2-year terms. (The spaces are not available August to September 2019 due to construction.) The annual lease rate is $13.88 per square foot ($1203/month).

More information on cottages 1 and 2, and RFI guidelines here.

Requests for Interest (RFI)
PP&R invites nonprofit/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 due no later than Friday, January 18, 2019.

PP&R will host optional on-site tours of rooms 36 and 37, and cottages 1 and 2 on;

  • Sunday, January 6, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 9, at 5:00-7:00 PM

Laurelhurst Dance Studio

Long-term, shared tenancy (1-2 years) by day of week

Laurelhurst Dance Studio (LHDS) is located in Southeast Portland at 3756 SE Oak Street within Laurelhurst Park. The rehearsal space and restroom (1,304 square feet total) within this facility are being made available for tenancy with PP&R’s Laurelhurst Dance Program through a shared space lease agreement. The rehearsal space has sprung, Marley floors, barres, and mirrors. The space is available for leasing beginning March 18, 2019. PP&R’s Laurelhurst Dance Studio will have exclusive use of the building on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Annual leasing is available by day of week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The lease rate is prorated per day, based on a full-time annual lease rate of $13.88 per square foot. (ex: 4 days = $862/month; 1 day = $215/month)

Requests for Interest (RFI)
PP&R invites nonprofit/community arts organizations and artists to submit proposals of interest for a shared lease agreement at Laurelhurst Dance Studio. Interested parties must demonstrate alignment with PP&R’s values and goals. Proposals are due no later than Friday, January 18, 2019.

PP&R will host optional on-site tours of Laurelhurst Dance Studio on;

  • Sunday, January 6, 12:00-2:00 PM
  • Monday, January 7, 5:00-7:00 PM

More information and RFI guidelines 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.