ArtsHub

Artists Rep’s resource sharing and community-building initiative supporting Portland theatre makers, arts and education nonprofits, and community groups

What is the ArtsHub?

The ArtsHub is Artists Repertory Theatre’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 & 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 the ARTsHub?

In the City of Portland’s 2018 report on affordable arts space in Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Nick Fish, and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly sounded the alarm:

“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.

Our goal is to help a diverse range of arts and community organizations thrive. We prioritize artists and organizations that support ART’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion, and we seek to provide a home for 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. On any given day, staff members and dozens of artists from multiple arts and community organizations are rehearsing, utilizing administrative support and meeting spaces, with chance encounters in shared spaces leading to increased communication and unanticipated future collaborations between organizations.

In the 2018/19 Season, over 1,500 events were held in our building by 42 local nonprofits, including 11 of ourresident companies, consisting of:
  • 380 ARTsHub Public Events
  • 462 Rehearsals
  • 422 Classes
  • 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 ARTWORKS 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.

Current ARTsHub Programs

ART SPACE

ART SPACE provides affordable administrative, performance, gallery, and/or rehearsal space to individual artists and arts organizations on a project-by-project basis. Participating organizations have included the PHAME, Risk/Reward, Portland Area Theatre Alliance, Stumptown Improv Festival, the Geezer Gallery, Corrib Theatre, and dozens of independent producing artists.

START UP

START UP offers nascent and transitioning producing organizations a multi-year residency as they grow and identify a sustainable path. Participating organizations have included resident companies such as Profile Theatre, Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland Shakespeare Project, Linestorm Playwrights, Staged, and the August Wilson Red Door Project.  

TAKE PART

TAKE PART provides space for community gatherings organized by nonprofits that support social justice, community building, and education. Organizations that have utilized TAKE PART include the Basic Rights Oregon, Don’t Shoot Portland, the ACLU, and Portland Public Schools.

ARTWORKS

ARTWORKS provides production services such as set construction and technical support for local productions. Services have been provided for Profile Theatre, Portland Shakespeare Project, Hand2Mouth, PHAME, and Portland Actors Conservatory.

Programs in Development

A LA CARTE

A LA CARTE offers a menu of affordable administrative infrastructure (database management, website, marketing, payroll, finance, and HR services) to emerging nonprofits so that they can focus on developing their organizational voice and making their art.

Organizations that have participated in the ARTsHub:

*Resident Companies

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

  

Fertile Ground

Artists Rep*

 

Portland Public Schools

August Wilson Red Door Project*

 

PHAME

Basic Rights Oregon

 

Piano International

Bridgetown Conservatory

 

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

City Club of Portland

 

Playwrite, Inc.

CoHo Theatre

 

Portland Revels*

Don’t Shoot Portland

 

Portland Shakespeare Project*

Dramatists Legal Fund

 

Portland Sings!

Dramatists Guild Playwrights

 

Portland State University

Freshwater Trust

 

Profile Theatre*

Friends of Sironka

 

Quest Center

Geezer Gallery*

 

Reading Parlor

Hand2Mouth*

 

Risk Reward*

HIV Day Center

 

Staged!*

Issingless*

 

Science on Tap

Jamballah

 

Store to Door

Linestorm*

 

Stumptown Improv

Meyer Memorial Trust

 

Theatre Communication Group

National Association of School Theatres

 

Theatre Diaspora

Organic Nation

 

Theatre Wallay

Oregon Thespians

 

 

Timbers Army

 

Portland Actors Conservatory*

 

United by Music

Portland Area Theatre Alliance

 

United Scenic Artists