ArtsHub

WHAT IS THE ARTSHUB? The ArtsHub is Artists Rep’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. We prioritize artists and organizations that support ART’s values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and seek to provide a home for a diverse community of 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. In the 2018/19 Season, 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.

We’ve learned from the first six years of the ArtsHub that the best collaboration arises from proximity, communication, and creative problem-solving. Artists Rep, in partnership with the ArtsHub resident companies and other community stakeholders, is in the process of redeveloping our Goose Hollow home following the sale of the north half of the full-block property, giving Artists Rep and the ArtsHub the opportunity to re-imagine the remaining south half of the block. Priorities for our new home include two state-of-the-art theatres, a performance/rehearsal lab space, three rehearsal/classroom studios, and support facilities that demonstrate our commitment to artists. The ArtsHub will also continue to address the need for shared meeting spaces, along with shared desk space and office support for individual artists and organizations.

We will also continue to provide production support and set construction at an off-site scene shop, a partnership with Portland Center Stage to continue to collaborative relationships we’ve established with multiple companies seeking production support. The future of the ARTsHub in our new space will build upon what we’ve found to be most successful: supporting artists with space while providing opportunities for both planned and serendipitous collaboration.

Programs & Services Include:

  • Equitable and below market rates for rehearsal, performance, and meeting spaces for a diverse range of arts and community organizations that support ART's values of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Shared administrative workspace for individuals and organizations

  • Production services from design through performance, such as:

    • Set Construction

    • Scenic Painting

    • Professional Technical Support

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."