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Vision

Imagine a new performing arts center in Beaverton. A beautiful, contemporary, professionally-run center and a point of pride in Washington County. A welcoming place for diverse audiences, offering a wide variety of cultural and educational programming. A place for regional artists and arts groups and national touring programs. A well-known destination, busy throughout the week with opportunities for audiences of all ages to come together around the arts, enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of the region. The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is about celebrating our human need to create. To create our best selves. To create together.

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About

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be the first performing arts center of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years. The idea was first conceived in the late 90’s by then-City Councilor and now current Mayor of Beaverton Denny Doyle. After years of championing this dream and vision, Mayor Doyle found an ally and kindred spirit in local business leader and philanthropist Pat Reser.

The formal process of conceiving and planning the center began in 2004. Since then numerous feasibility studies, community surveys, and public meetings have consistently demonstrated community support for building an arts center in Beaverton. Today the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is a key component of the long-range Beaverton Community Vision Action Plan.

What it is

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

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will feature:

  • A home to local arts groups that have diminishing access to existing venues in the region
  • A showcase for the many cultural communities who today do not have access to a professional outlet for their artists and performers
  • A source for lifelong learning for all who seek new experiences, knowledge and cultural awareness
  • A space for some of the best in local, regional and national performers
  • A thought leader on the West Side, hosting and inspiring conversations around our cultural differences and similarities
  • A partner to businesses, schools, colleges, parks departments and other organizations to grow awareness  and appreciation for the arts

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.

View a 360-degree rendering of The Center here.

Location

The city of Beaverton lies at the center of the Metro Region’s West Side. In the heart of the city you’ll find the emerging Central District, adjacent to The Round with its popular mix of office space, condominiums, local restaurants and access to the MAX Blue Line. The Patricia Center for the Arts will be nestled adjacent to The Round, accompanied by a public parking structure and just steps away from light-rail transit.

People

The facility will be operated by professionally trained staff with volunteer support. An ongoing community input process will ensure programming remains relevant to all in the area.

Fundraising for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is being led by the hard work and dedication of the Beaverton Arts Foundation staff and board and the Campaign Cabinet. The Cabinet is made up passionate volunteers leading the philanthropic efforts to secure the remaining funds needed to build this jewel in Washington County.

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Why
the Arts

Connects Our Diverse Community

Though our region is distinguished by the diversity of our people, we lack a public venue capable of knitting together our vibrant, global community. We don’t yet have a place to come together to learn, entertain and be entertained, challenge our assumptions, refresh our spirits, and tap into our deepest selves.

Diversity defines us, the Arts unite us.

Impacts the Next Generation

The arts supports achievement in school, bolsters skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enriches the lives of young people and communities. As our culture grows increasingly digital and technology-focused, the arts offer children a way to engage with the world around them through a human-centric lens.

*Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education (2013)

Is an Economic Driver

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will help retain entertainment dollars otherwise spent by residents, tourists and visitors outside our area. In 2015 alone the nonprofit arts sector generated $21 million in total economic activity in Washington County.* A well-known arts and cultural destination busy throughout the week increases the vitality of the surrounding area, benefiting retail, restaurants, hotels and other local businesses.

*Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, Americans for the Arts.

Why Invest

Vision, Persistence and Generosity

The Patricia Center for the Arts is coming to life through the collaborative efforts and passionate commitment of an already strong public/private partnership.

On July 17, 2018, the Beaverton Arts Foundation announced a gift of $13 million dollars to the project. With this exciting news also came the official name of the facility, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

This transformative pledge made possible by Pat Reser, through the Reser Family Foundation, is an investment that provides nearly one-third of the $46 million needed to build the Center. Another $21.9 million is coming from public sources, including a land donation and a new City Transient Lodging Tax (TLT). In total, 86% of the project costs has already been identified through public and private philanthropic investment.

The balance of the project funds needed is being secured through private fundraising sources, including individuals, foundations and businesses. We need your help to close the remaining gap.

Partners

Bringing the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts to life is truly a team effort, supported by the City of Beaverton, Beaverton Arts Foundation, Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton Chamber of Commerce, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Tualatin Valley Visitors Association and Tualatin Valley Creates. Visit the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts page on the City of Beaverton’s website to learn more about this project.

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Give
Now

Join us in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the character of our community and region. To experience the power of the arts in the heart of the city. To develop a beautiful gathering place that invites and evokes our best selves. To construct a space where we are all welcome and the human desire to create is celebrated.

Public and private investors are leading the way to have already brought us to 86% of our project goal. Now we need you to make this vision come to life.

Contribute to the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts fund by donating now to the Beaverton Arts Foundation.

Beaverton Arts Foundation is serving as the nonprofit fundraising partner to close the remaining gap. We are a fundraising and arts-focused 501(c)(3) organization with a 20-year history of raising funds to benefit arts organizations, arts projects and scholarships for budding artists in Beaverton. Whether it’s deeply personal or community-wide, we believe in the power of the arts to inspire, communicate, enlighten and heal.