Oregon’s Major Arts Organizations

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An outdoor sculpture at the Portland Art Museum in Portland. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Cynthia Rider, Executive Director
Address: 15 S Pioneer St., PO Box 158, Ashland 97520
Phone: 1-800-219-8161
Fax: 541-482-8045

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the largest nonprofit theaters in the country. Established in 1935, it has an annual attendance of almost 400,000. It annually presents more than 760 performances of up to eleven plays in repertory from March through October on its three stages. The festival also offers backstage tours, classes, lectures, concerts and play readings.

Oregon Symphony Association

Scott Showalter, President and CEO
Address: 921 SW Washington St., Portland 97205
Phone: 503-228-1353; Toll Free: 1-800-228-7343
Fax: 503-416-6302

Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the Oregon Symphony is one of the largest performing arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Its many 
performances each year include the classical concert series, pops concerts, youth and educational concerts, family concerts and special performances at its home in Portland, as well as in Salem and elsewhere in Oregon.

Portland Art Museum

Brian Ferriso, Executive Director
Address: 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205
Phone: 503-226-2811
Fax: 503-226-4842

The Portland Art Museum, founded in 1892, is the region’s oldest and largest visual and media arts center and one of the state’s greatest cultural assets. The museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts and for the collection and preservation of art for the enrichment of present and future generations.

The internationally renowned museum presents special exhibitions drawn from the world’s finest collections. The permanent collection showcases unique American tribal objects and Japanese, Chinese and Korean objects up to 3,000 years old. European, modern and contemporary art, Northwest art, photography and graphic arts round out the collection. Located in downtown Portland’s cultural district, the museum offers lectures, tours and family activities.

Portland Opera

Christopher Mattaliano, General Director
Address: 211 SE Caruthers St., Portland 97214
Administrative Offices: 503-241-1407
Patron Services: 503-241-1802
Fax: 503-241-4212

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. Founded in 1964, the company produces both classic and contemporary opera, committed to a balanced repertory that showcases the infinite variety of the art form. Performances take place in the Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre and the Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center.

Portland Opera is equally committed to creating access to the art form, providing a statewide K-12 arts education tour, a resident artist program for young singers, a robust slate of free and low-cost public performances, as well as an annual live simulcast, recitals and concerts. 

The company also presents the Broadway Across America Portland series, delighting regional audiences with nationally touring Broadway productions.