Portland Arts and Culture

Portland Arts Culture

Portland Arts and Culture Details

With its ever-expanding list of galleries, public artworks and venues, Portland’s arts scene has landed the city on AmericanStyle magazine’s list of the country’s “Top 25 Arts Destinations” every year for nearly a decade.


Starting in the Cultural District, explore the 1 PORTLAND ART MUSEUM, considered one of the nation’s finest. Native American and Asian artworks share space with Monet, Renoir and Picasso masterpieces, as well as art of various northwest artists. The neighboring 2 OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY features Northwest Indian artifacts and historic photographs and objects that tell the Oregon story through art. Four theatre spaces make up the 3 PORTLAND CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, home to several arts groups. Catch the Portland Streetcar (free!) on Southwest 10th Avenue to explore the Pearl District. This neighborhood is home to more than 20 galleries, including the 4 LAWRENCE GALLERY, with its beautiful sculpture garden and mix of local and nationally recognized artists and 5 BULLSEYE GLASS, offering art glass exhibits and classes. The

6 GERDING THEATER in the recently renovated Armory Building showcases sustainable restoration and is home to Portland Center Stage. The next stop is the 7 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT. Founded in 1937 and built with donated materials by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the museum houses a collection of more than 1,000 craft objects including works in ceramic, glass, metal, fiber and wood. Transport yourself to ancient China at the 8 PORTLAND CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN in Portland’s Old Town. Sip tea or enjoy a docent-led tour highlighting the harmonizing blend of water, architecture, stone and poetry set against a richly planted landscape. Wander by the river en route to Pink Martini leader Thomas Lauderdale’s 9 PAINT-BY-NUMBERS GALLERY (728 SW First Avenue), and finish the day at 10 KELLER FOUNTAIN , where water cascades through terraces and platforms, suggesting the Northwest’s abundant waterfalls. Across the street, performing arts organizations strut their stuff at Keller Auditorium.

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Accommodations, Restaurants, and Attractions:
A Artists Repertory Theatre
B Portland Japanese Garden
C International Rose Test Garden
D Pittock Mansion
E Northwest Children’s Theater
F Quintana Galleries
G Miracle Theatre Group
H Imago
I Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)
J Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings
K Portland Saturday Market (open Sundays, too!)

On Any Given Day:

First Thursday
Last Thursday

Other Players:

Do Jump!
Oregon Symphony
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Portland Opera
White Bird Dance

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