In conjunction with our Sounds of Home series, the Oregon Symphony recognizes the following organizations for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Portland Metro community.
Artists Repertory Theatre’s mission is to produce intimate, provocative theatre and provide a home for artists and audiences of varied backgrounds to take creative risks. Founded in 1982, Artists Repertory Theatre is the longest-running professional theatre company in Portland. Artists Rep is committed to developing new work and making a meaningful impact on diversity through its new play development program Table|Room|Stage. This program mandates opportunities for women writers and writers of color, and cultivating the next generation of theatre-goers by creating work specifically for young people (13 and up). Artists Rep makes a vital impact on the Portland arts community with the ArtsHub, creating space and offering a home to 12 multidisciplinary arts organizations within its facility.
Audubon Society of Portland promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. We focus on our local community and the Pacific Northwest. Inspiring people to love & protect nature since 1902.
BodyVox is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative dance works that entertain, inspire, and uplift audiences of all ages. BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit, and unique ability to combine dance, theater, and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism, and humor.
BRAVO Youth Orchestras is transforming the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music education. BRAVO currently serves 125 students in daily programs at three schools and another 400 students through in-school programs taught in partnership with PPS teachers. BRAVO is inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela's national program of social change through music, and is the first El Sistema-aligned program in Oregon. BRAVO believes that experiencing the beauty and power of music is a fundamental human right, and that the orchestra is an effective tool for cultivating in children the skills needed to succeed in life.
Cappella Romana is the Northwest's leading professional chamber choir, specializing in a cappella works drawn from the Roman Inheritance: Rome and the West, and Constantinople (New Rome) and the East.
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is Oregon’s community health and housing nonprofit partner. Cascadia has served Oregonians living with mental health and addiction challenges, chronic homelessness, poverty, trauma and other health disparities for 35 years. Our 900+ team members work together every day with a shared dedication to provide personal, compassionate care for over 16,000 Oregon residents of all ages each year. Together, with the support of our community, we are Bridging a Culture of Caring to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.
Catholic Charities, founded in 1933, is one of the oldest social service organizations in the State of Oregon with a mission to partner with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Catholic Charities envisions a society in which all people: thrive economically, socially, and spiritually; cultivate diverse, respectful, and just communities; and, recognize the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life. With an issue as polarizing and complicated as immigration and refugee resettlement, there exists a vital opportunity for Catholic Charities to provide clear and timely interpretation of the changing laws and/or enforcement policies; to provide high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees; and to engage in public education, training, and community outreach in order to promote justice for all newcomers and positive conditions for their full participation in American society.
Central City Concern, a nonprofit organization founded in 1979, provides housing, healthcare and employment in Portland for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 50,000 people annually in Oregon and Southwest Washington with exceptional chamber music through over 100 events annually, including Summer and Winter festivals, year-round concerts, outreach activities, educational programs, broadcasts, and innovative collaborations with other arts organizations. CMNW is the only chamber music festival of its kind in the Northwest and one of the most diverse classical music experience in the nation, virtually unparalleled in comparable communities.
Edna Vazquez is a fearless singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose powerful voice and musical talent embrujan and transcend the boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. She is a creative crisol with a vocal range that allows her to paint seamlessly with her original material, an intersection of folk, rock, pop, and R&B. Edna’s passion for music and performance grew from her bicultural raices and, with songs deeply rooted in universal human emotion, she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love, and cultural healing.
The Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is one of the first stops for newcomers in Oregon, providing over 200 culturally and linguistically specific programs from childhood development and youth advocacy to employment and senior services. IRCO strengthens and supports immigrant and refugee communities by helping people of all ages overcome barriers to self-sufficiency – learning English, finding jobs, succeeding in school – so they can build new beginnings.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge shall vigorously protect the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge. We fulfill this mission by ensuring strict implementation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act and other laws protecting the region of the Columbia River Gorge; promoting responsible stewardship of Gorge land, air, and waters; encouraging public ownership of sensitive areas; educating the public about the unique natural values of the Columbia River Gorge and the importance of preserving those values; and working with groups and individuals to accomplish mutual preservation goals.
2017 marks an important anniversary for JOIN – we are celebrating 25 years and 10,000 doors opened to home! JOIN helps over 800 people each year move out of homelessness and into stable housing, providing each household with robust supportive services after they move inside to ensure their long-term stability. JOIN also operates a day center where hundreds of individuals and families access critical basic services that support survival on the streets and spark transitions into stability. In addition to our direct work helping place people into housing, however, we also play an instrumental role at the systems level in the community. Over the course of the last 25 years, JOIN’s growth has been guided by a core commitment to the wisdom and strength of the people we serve and the belief that everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home. In a community where the rental housing market is characterized by rising rents, low vacancies, and stagnating wages – JOIN’s highly effective work is more important than ever.
65 Years of Live Theatre: Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1952, Lakewood Theatre Company is a theatre dedicated to the study and presentation of drama in all its forms; the training and development of actors; and the creation, maintenance and operation of a theatre in which to present plays and other forms of entertainment. Lakewood Theatre Company is the oldest continually operated, not-for-profit theatre company in the Portland Metropolitan area. It annually provides more than 400 theatre artists the opportunity to learn and display their craft and attracts more than 40,000 people to its shows.
Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit arts organization located in Portland, Oregon with a 33-year history of serving the state's readers and writers. The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.
The Hillsboro School District Mariachi Band Una Voz started in 2010 through the support of the Hillsboro School District Office of Equity. Una Voz seeks to promote cultural understanding, community unity, and music education. It gives students a culturally responsive opportunity to explore culture through music and the Spanish language.
Maybelle Center believes that no one deserves to live in isolation. We’ve been building community and relationships with individuals in Old Town/Downtown Portland for 26 years. Maybelle Center members live in low-income buildings scattered throughout Old Town and Downtown Portland. Most experience poverty and are at-risk for social isolation, which is often magnified by mental or physical challenges, addiction, or trauma. Maybelle Center reduces loneliness and isolation by providing meaningful connection through volunteer visits, our Community Room, individual member support, affordable housing, and an assisted living facility. Each year more than 500 members are part of a community at Maybelle Center where they are loved and accepted, right where they are.
As the premier Latino arts and culture center of the Pacific Northwest, Milagro has provided extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education for the enrichment of all communities since 1985. Teatro Milagro, Milagro's touring & arts education program, presents its original bilingual plays and educational residencies to diverse and underserved communities across the nation.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops, and promotes music education and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and levels of experience. Now in our 44th year, we enroll over 500 youth from the Portland Metro and SW Washington areas in 14 ensembles, theory classes, and a Beginning Strings program for students at under-served schools who are learning an instrument for the first time. MYS has a strong financial aid program that welcomes all students regardless of their financial circumstances, along with a school outreach program.
The Old Church Concert Hall is one of Portland’s best-loved venues for intimate performances from folk, alternative, jazz, and classical musicians from around the world. We are a nonprofit with a double mission of preserving and celebrating a national historic landmark, and cultivating and sharing programs that reflect and enhance artistic and cultural life in our community. We’re charming, friendly, and – especially great this time of year – air conditioned! Join us for a concert at Portland’s sanctuary of sound! We are all ages and wheelchair accessible.
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon.
Oregon Ballet Theatre is committed to sharing our passion for the expressive power of ballet, inspiring an enduring appreciation of dance, and connecting in meaningful ways to our community through excellence in performance, training and educational programs. OBT is the largest professional ballet company in Oregon, employing nearly 200 people and attracting artists from around the globe with a reputation for excellence. Our mission is dedicated to the vitality of, and access to, world-class ballet performance and training in our region.
Founded in 1968 by a group of concerned citizens, Oregon Environmental Council is a nonpartisan, membership-based nonprofit. We bring people together to work for clean water and air, a stable climate, and healthy communities in Oregon— for today and future generations. It’s your Oregon. Protect what you love. Watch Video
Recently lauded as "the city's finest large choir," Oregon Repertory Singers is a nonprofit choral arts organization founded in 1974. With a professional-caliber adult choir and an education and performance-based youth choir program serving children ages 4-18, ORS nurtures a love of choral music, deepening the knowledge and experience of the community through diverse repertoire, superb performances, and exceptional music education.
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. This private fine art and design college was founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon. PNCA offers ten Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees and six graduate degrees including master of fine arts (MFA) and master of arts (MA) degrees.
Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. Recognized internationally for its permanent collection, ambitious special exhibitions, and innovative education programming, the Museum strives to be an inclusive institution that welcomes everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys.
The Armory inspires our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. We are committed to providing high quality programs that create connections around art, sustainability, history, and community. We strive to provide both adults and young people with opportunities to experience and directly participate in the art of theater and create a place in Portland where differences are most meaningfully celebrated.
Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing - and stay there. Over the last year, PHFS helped 185 homeless families with children move back into homes - that's 653 moms, dads, and kids who now have their own home. Once families are housed, PHFS provides case management and rent assistance for at least a year to help families stabilize, learn new skills, and connect to their community. PHFS operates a 24-hour emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness to stay while they search for housing. PHFS relies on over 800 volunteers each year to provide supportive, compassionate services to homeless families with children.
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. Our 2018 season will comprise 24 performances of five productions and one concert, along with countless community outreach events from Library Previews, to Opera a La Cart, and Portland Opera to Go (POGO), in schools statewide.
Since 1978 Portland Piano International / SOLO has presented more than 170 world-class pianists. In addition to its signature piano series, SOLO presents emerging Rising Star pianists in free concerts, educates students through master classes, commissions new works by Oregon composers and provides professional development for teachers in rural Oregon.
Since its founding in 1975, the Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the country and around the world. The Chamber Choir has earned more than 30 medals and awards in choir competitions worldwide, including the International Competition for Choral Singing in Gorizia, Italy, where they became the first American choir ever to win the grand prize in the competition's 52-year history.
The mission of the Portland Symphonic Choir is to sing the choral masterworks with excellence and passion and to engage, educate and inspire its members and the community.
Through innovation and excellence in taiko, Portland Taiko affirms Asian American pride, inspires audiences, builds community, and educates about our heritage and culture. Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with an Asian American sense of creativity, community-building, and pride.
Rose Haven serves women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges. Rose Haven’s mission is to maintain a safe, respectful community while providing our guests with support and services to assist them in regaining stability in their lives.
Third Angle’s mission is to perform and record the masterworks of the twenty-first century while commissioning new works from regional and nationally recognized composers. The organization’s focus is on creating a soundtrack for our time.
Transition Projects helps people experiencing homelessness transition successfully into housing. With nearly five decades of experience providing shelter, housing and supportive services for very low-income people, the agency is recognized for its work with veterans, women, people with disabilities, and other highly vulnerable groups. Operating out of nine locations throughout the Metro area, our staff of 280 assists 10,000 people each year through programs and services designed to help people experiencing homelessness survive the streets, find housing, and retain their housing. Last year, over 1,000 formerly homeless people found safe, affordable housing in the four-county area with our agency's support.
Founded in 1950, WorldOregon is a hub for globally-minded people who want to be more connected to the world – and to each other! Our programs build bridges across cultures, foster real dialogue, and promote global understanding.