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Oregon Children’s Theatre
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Oregon Children’s Theatre is Portland’s largest nonprofit children’s theater company. Its goal is to create exceptional and memorable theater experiences for children and families. Each season, five professionally-produced plays in the Newmark and Winningstad Theatres in the heart of downtown Portland are presented. The plays feature local professional actors, as well as child actors from its year-round Acting Academy for students ages 3-18 and its Young Professionals Company, a mentoring program for teens. A resident company of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Oregon Children’s Theatre has been entertaining Portland-area audiences for over 25 years.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival
15 South Pioneer Street
Ashland, OR 97520

Enjoy Ashland, Oregon’s cultural gem, and home of the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), the nation’s largest repertory theatre company. Eleven plays annually on three stages, February-October.


Oregon Symphony
921 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205

The Oregon Symphony, Portland’s oldest and largest arts organization, brings many of the world’s finest musicians to Portland each year to perform alongside the 76-member orchestra. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the Oregon Symphony presents a full calendar of performances from September through May each year at downtown Portland’s 2,780-seat Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Its season encompasses the breadth and depth of orchestral music today, from classical and pops subscription series concerts to kids’ programs and a broad range of special performances.


Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The largest art museum in Oregon and one of the oldest in the country, the Portland Art Museum was organized in 1892, and its first exhibition was a set of magnificent plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture, displayed in the upper hall of the city’s library. Those casts still dot the museum, a reminder of how the museum — and Western art — began.

The museum has strong collections of prints and drawings, photography, Asian art, Native American (especially Pacific Coast) art, and Northwest art, and its European and American collections contain some extraordinary individual pieces, especially from the 19th and 20th centuries. The huge prints and drawings collection was built largely by the late Gordon Gilkey and includes Old Masters printmakers (Dürer, Rembrandt) and the most recent examples of the art forms. And under chief curator Bruce Guenther, the museum’s modern art holdings have increased dramatically, in part because of the addition of the collection of the great modernist critic Clement Greenberg, which gives the museum a unique window into the development of advanced art in the mid-20th century.

Native American art
The Native American collection was built from two primary sources: the Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Coast art, with its fabulous masks and whaling canoes, and the encyclopedic collection of Elizabeth Cole, which brings the exquisite work of Southwest, Plains, Plateau and Woodlands tribes into focus.

Northwest art
Northwest art is a primary attraction, tracking the development of art in Oregon and Washington since the 19th century. The museum’s curators have wisely spread this work throughout the galleries, placing the best work of Northwest abstractionists alongside their more celebrated New York peers, for example, but a gallery specifically dedicated to Northwest art supplies a good introduction to the fine artists who have worked here (C.S. Price, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Hilda and Carl Morris, Sally Haley and Michele Russo).


Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts is the premier arts and entertainment venue in the Pacific Northwest. Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 performing arts centers in the nation, the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts hosts every type of event imaginable — more than 1,000 performances every year.

Portland Center Stage (PCS)
128 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Portland’s premier professional theater company, Portland Center Stage presents classic and contemporary plays in the Gerding Theater at the Armory, a sustainably renovated historic building. Drop-in visitors can check out the historic building and grab a bite at the Armory Café inside. PCS season: September-June. JAW, a developmental festival of new work, takes place in July.


Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
415 SW 10th Avenue, Ste. 300
Portland, OR 97205

Through performances and exhibitions, lectures and workshops, and the annual Time-Based Art Festival, PICA constructs a citywide platform for the creation and discovery of contemporary art. For current information artists and events, visit PICA.org.


Portland Opera
211 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

One of the country’s top opera companies, Portland Opera inspires, challenges and uplifts audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. Portland Opera has established itself as a vibrant and vital part of the region’s cultural activity and identity. With its commitment to producing operas that invigorate the future of the art form and are dramatically and vocally compelling, Portland Opera has earned a devoted public following throughout the Northwest.


Third Rail Repertory Theatre
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204

Third Rail Repertory Theatre, a permanent ensemble of highly skilled theatre artists, is dedicated to pushing its audiences to the edge of the comfort zone, the zone of the tickle, the chuckle, the gasp, and the ache. Third Rail’s goal is to produce plays that are rides through mysterious, but familiar lands, from which the audience and players all return changed, surprised, and a bit more alive than when the performance started.


White Bird Dance Series
PO Box 99
Portland, OR 97207

White Bird Dance is committed to bringing the best Portland-based, regional, national, and international dance companies to Portland and to fostering the growth of dance in the region. To complement the city’s resident talent, White Bird regularly brings the world’s most innovative choreographers to Portland. Season: September-March.

For an extensive roundup of Portland’s music, film, visual arts, museums, and performing arts, check out Travel Portland’s culture section at www.travelportland.com/things-to-do/culture.


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