Beaverton, OR. The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts has been awarded an Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) grant of $250,000. “The Oregon Community Foundation is excited to be part of the community giving toward the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. The center will not only provide a place to celebrate the arts, but a versatile place to meet for the vibrant Washington County community,” said Kirby Dyess, OCF Board Chair.
The gift, which will support construction of the first performing arts center of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro in more than 30 years, is exclusive to contributions made by Washington County donors, and will be allotted in 10 matching $25,000 increments. The grant announced on December 26th is valid for gifts of $25,000 or greater, and the first $25,000 of each individual gift will be matched.
Nestled adjacent to The Round between SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Hall Boulevard, the facility will include a 550-seat theater, art gallery, rehearsal, workshop and meeting space, lobby, outdoor plaza and parking structure. With innovative offerings in the performing arts – theater, music and dance – the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be a beacon for civic engagement, creative learning and greater social cohesion.
“Everyone who supports the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts shares in our belief that art is essential to our identity and ability to build community, attract visitors and drive progress,” said Lani Faith, executive director for the Beaverton Arts Foundation, the fundraising partner for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. “With this generous gift from our friends at the Oregon Community Foundation, we are not only closer to bringing our vision to life, but we also have the opportunity to further engage with our fellow Washington County neighbors.”
This summer, the Beaverton Arts Foundation announced a transformative pledge – made possible by Pat Reser, through the Reser Family Foundation – of $13 million to its new center for the arts, providing nearly one-third of the $46 million needed for the project. The pledge represents the largest single investment made-to-date by the Reser Family Foundation and largest single philanthropic gift to the arts in the Portland metro area to date.
The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will feature:
- A 550-seat theatre
- A spacious lobby for receptions and other events
- Outdoor plaza for art exhibits, community festivals and other events
- Rehearsal, workshop and meeting space
- Art gallery to feature regional and traveling exhibits
- Adjacent public parking structure
This state-of-the-art, world-class multidisciplinary performing and visual arts center will serve as a catalyst for personal, cultural and economic growth, as well as increased civic pride and engagement. This vision truly has been built from the ground up; an intentional, cooperative effort between public/private project champions.
About the Oregon Community Foundation:
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving – time, talent and resources from many – creates measurable change. For more information about OCF, please visit: www.oregoncf.org.