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Oregon’s Largest Arts Organizations

A rainbow stretches to a dark sky in Central Oregon. (Photo courtesy Jim Gardner)

A rainbow stretches to a dark sky in Central Oregon. (Photo courtesy Jim Gardner)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Paul Nicholson, 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 non-profit theaters in the country. Established in 1935, it has an annual attendance of almost 400,000. It annually presents more than 760 performances of eleven plays in repertory from mid-February through October on its three stages. The festival also offers backstage tours, classes, lectures, concerts and play readings.


Oregon Symphony Association
Mary Christ & Janet Plummer, Interim Co-Presidents
Address: 923 SW Washington St., Portland 97205
Phone: 503-228-1353
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, 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 the collection and preservation of art for the enrichment of present and future generations.

The internationally renowned Portland Art Museum presents special exhibitions drawn from the world’s finest collections. The permanent collection showcases a one-of-a-kind collection of Native American objects, and Japanese, Chinese, and Korean objects dating from the 3rd millennium BCE. European, Modern and Contemporary art, Northwest Art, Photography and Graphic Arts round out an extraordinary array of art. Located downtown’s cultural district, the Museum offers lectures, tours, and family. Children 17 and under are always free.


Portland Opera
Christopher Mattaliano, General Director
Address: 211 SE Caruthers St., Portland 97214
Phone: 503-241-1407 ext. 4
Fax: 503-241-4212


Internationally renowned singers perform with the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a four-production season of exciting opera at the Keller Auditorium in Portland. Although sung in their original languages, the operas are easily understood by an avid and growing audience, thanks to the opera’s projected English translations. The opera’s efforts are not limited to the Keller Auditorium stage. The Portland Opera Studio Artist program, a training ground for up and coming young singers from around the nation, is featured in its own opera production in the Newmark Theater. In addition, the opera’s Education and Outreach programs continue year-round, including fully staged traveling opera productions that tour the state, in-school programs, student dress rehearsals, pre- and post-performance lectures, public presentations, radio shows, as well as costume shop and backstage tours.


In addition to its Opera productions, the company also presents the Broadway Across America Portland series which delights regional audiences with nationally touring Broadway productions.