The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be a world–class multidisciplinary arts center in central Beaverton and it will enhance the cultural and economic vitality of Beaverton, Washington County and the greater region by providing more access to arts, entertainment, and educational programming for residents and visitors. It will be an arts and entertainment destination drawing from far and wide; a home for a variety of touring programs, professional performances, and a much–needed rental resource to regional arts groups. The Center will offer educational and family programming in the visual and performing arts, and will host business, civic and social events.
This vision has been built from the ground up through an intentional partnership of public and private champions. The project is led by the City of Beaverton and a capital campaign to raise the remaining funds for the center is being led by the Beaverton Arts Foundation.
On July 17, 2018, the Beaverton Arts Foundation announced a pledge of $13 million 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, is an investment that provides nearly one–quarter of the $51 million project cost.
Another $21 million has already been identified from public sources, including a land donation and a new city Transient Lodging Tax (TLT). In total, 96 percent of the total project costs for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts has already been identified through public and private philanthropic investment, and only $1.6 million remains to cover construction costs via a community giving campaign led by the Beaverton Arts Foundation.
On November 13, 2019 the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts brought together dignitaries, donors and artists as it commemorated its groundbreaking. The center, the first of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years, hopes to unite the community through civic engagement, creative learning and social cohesion.
“I’m thrilled that this long-held personal dream and our community vision of a vibrant downtown with culture and arts at our heart is becoming a reality,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “This center is a benefit to our city, the region and beyond. I’m counting down the days to opening and the opportunity to share this wonderful asset for many to enjoy.”
Together with emcee and Eye on the NW host Natali Marmion, Mayor Doyle, the Beaverton City Council and Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency Board welcomed lead donor Patricia Reser, as well as Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, among others. To highlight the center’s mission of bringing a diverse range of artists and audiences together, an 80-voice choir - especially assembled for the occasion - performed “True Colors” and “All You Need is Love,” including an audience singalong led by Stephen Galvan of iSing Choir, Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, and Marilyn Keller. The choir included members from iSing Choir, Intel Singers, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Portland Lesbian Choir, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy Choir, Southridge High School Choir and others, along with singer Maddie Green and members of Big Horn Brass.