Beaverton City News: Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, A Dream Is Closer to Reality
By City Staff
Beaverton’s future home for the arts has a new name! Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will provide more access to arts, entertainment and educational programming to residents and visitors. It also will serve as a much-needed resource to regional arts groups, and enhance the cultural and economic vitality of Beaverton, Washington County and our greater region.
In July, the city and Beaverton Arts Foundation announced that our anonymous $13 million donor to the center’s capital fundraising campaign is Pat Reser, who made this transformative pledge possible through the Reser Family Foundation. With that pledge came the official name of the center.
“I believe we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the future of this community and region,” said Pat Reser, Capital Campaign Chair for Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. “This center will be a place to celebrate artistic expression in all its forms. My hope is that it will help artists and arts flourish and will impact residents positively for generations to come.”
Eighty percent of the funding needed for the construction of the center has now been identified, including a $1 million donation by Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer through the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. A campaign to secure the remaining private capital needs is underway.
As a state-of-the-art home for a variety of professional performances, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will include:
- 550-seat theater for concerts, shows, dance and film screenings in an intimate setting with clear sightlines and great acoustics.
- Creative studios for group instruction in the visual and performing arts for learners of all ages.
- A community plaza for celebrations, festivals and performances.
- Meeting and event opportunities for regional business meetings, retreats and fundraisers.
“It’s been both a personal dream and a community-driven vision to have a dedicated home for arts and culture in Beaverton,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “It will be a stage for inspiration and creativity to shine, a place for people to feel connected.”
Located in downtown and conveniently next to public transit, the center will contribute to a more vibrant downtown with a variety of amenities, making our city center a livelier, more welcoming destination to visit. Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is a public-private partnership with the Beaverton Arts Foundation leading the capital campaign. Groundbreaking is anticipated at the end of 2019 upon completion of fundraising goals.
Learn more about the project and involvement opportunities, and view a gallery of latest design renderings at BeavertonOregon.gov/PRCA.