Oregon’s Major Arts Organizations

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

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Nataki Garrett, Artistic Director; David Schmitz, Executive Director
Address: 15 S Pioneer St., PO Box 158, Ashland 97520
Phone: 1-800-219-8161
Fax: 541-482-0446

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, presenting 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: 909 SW Washington St., Portland 97205
Phone: 503-228-1353; Toll Free: 1-800-228-7343

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.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

John Olbrantz, Director
Address: 700 State St., Salem 97310
Phone: 503-370-6855

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art (HFMA), which opened to the public in 1998, exists to support the liberal arts curriculum of Willamette University, and to serve as an intellectual and cultural resource for the City of Salem and beyond, through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of historical and contemporary art with an emphasis on regional art.

The museum is a vibrant artistic hub offering access to historical, regional and contemporary art, and a wide variety of public programs.​​

Portland Opera

Sue Dixon, General Director
Address: 211 SE Caruthers St., Portland 97214
Administrative Offices: 503-241-1407
Patron Services: 503-241-1802

Portland Opera presents classic and contemporary work. Public programming is held in Portland at the Keller Auditorium, the Newmark Theatre and at the company’s artistic headquarters, The Hampton Opera Center, lending versatility in scale of production throughout Portland Opera’s season—including grand works, intimate chamber pieces, new operas and standard repertoire. Regular ticket prices for performances start at $35. All performances are sung in the original language of the opera, presented with English captions. 

Portland Opera supports the community with the Portland Opera To Go program, touring 50-minute adaptations of operas throughout the state and region. It also offers a resident artist program for emerging singers, a free simulcast performance each year, and community recitals and programs. Portland Opera also serenades Oregonians with its Opera a la Cart—a food truck that converts into a stage for free live pop-up performances. 

The company also presents the Broadway In Portland series, connecting regional audiences with nationally touring Broadway productions.