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Affordable Arts Space

In February 2018, City Council adopted a plan to preserve and expand affordable arts space in our community with recommendations to address the rapid loss of creative space impacting Portland's artists, arts organizations, and public access to the arts.

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Current Rental Space Opportunities

Multnomah Arts Center (MAC)

Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) is a community arts center located in Southwest Portland at 7688 SW Capitol Highway. It offers affordable arts classes ranging from music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts and crafts. It also makes performance/event space available to the community for rental and office/program space available to nonprofit organizations for tenancy.

MAC Rooms 36 and 37

Long-term leasing (multi-year up to 4.5 years)

Located within MAC’s main building, Room 36 and Room 37 are available immediately for long-term tenancy. Each room has 4 to 7 office or studio spaces ranging from approximately 100-500 sq. ft. The rooms may be rented by one organization or shared by multiple individuals/groups. The annual lease rate is $13.88-$14.37 per square foot.

PP&R invites non-profit/community arts organizations and artists to submit proposals for a lease agreement at MAC. Interested parties must demonstrate alignment with PP&R's values and goals. Proposals are currently being accepted.

On-site tours may be arranged by appointment.

More information on Rooms 36 and 37 and RFI guidelines

MAC Cottages 1 and 2

Long-term leasing (1-2 years)

Located adjacent to MAC’s main building, Cottage 1 and Cottage 2 are freestanding structures at 1040 sq. ft. each, made up of a large open space and a restroom. The Cottages are available for long-term tenancy starting October 2019 for 1- to 2-year terms. The annual lease rate is $14.37 per square foot ($1245/month).

More information on Cottages 1 and 2 and RFI guidelines


Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC)

Multi-week leasing (3-8 weeks)

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in North Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. It has served as the cultural home for the African American community in Portland since its founding. The building consists of a theatre (capacity 99), rehearsal/dance studio (capacity 20), gallery/multi-purpose room (capacity 40), and two small offices.

IFCC is currently available to arts organizations for multi-week, short-term leasing (3-8 weeks) at a rate of $1,300 per week. Interest in 1-2 week terms may be considered with 3-6 week commitments given higher priority. Organizations must demonstrate strong alignment with IFCC’s stated goals.

IFCC information and application process


The Historic Overlook House

The Overlook House in North Portland is located at 3839 N Melrose Drive This property is owned by PP&R and managed by the nonprofit group Friends of the Overlook House. The house has a studio space and classroom/program space that is being made available to artists and arts groups. Rent for the studio is $250/month (includes utilities: electric, water, sewer, garbage) and $30/hour for the classroom/program space.

Contact the Friends of the Overlook House directly at coordinator@historicoverlookhouse.org.


Community Music Center

A partnership with the nonprofit Community Music Center, Inc. It has been a popular place for music lessons and concerts in Portland since 1955, and is now one of over 20 PP&R sites offering music instruction. It is also part of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.  

CMC enhances the greater Portland community by providing opportunities for all ages to learn about, make and enjoy music. We do this though

  • affordable music classes and lessons,
  • free and low-cost concerts and workshops,
  • low-cost instrument rentals,
  • and other resources for the public,

all subsidized by the City and the non-profit. About 1,000 participants of all ages currently enjoy regular music activities at the Center, instructed by a faculty of over 55 professional performing artist teachers.

CMC adds to the rich variety of live performances in Portland with over 150 music events every year in the David Beasley Campbell Recital Hall. Some of these are by CMC faculty or visiting artists, many are by students, and most are free or low-cost and open to the public. Look for listings in the online news and events pages, the CMC newsletter, subscribe to our email list, or call or email CMC for more information. 

Subscribe to the CMC email list or create an online account and don't miss any important news and notes. CMC is supported by an all-volunteer non-profit organization. Donate now and learn more at communitymusiccenter.org.


Portland Parks & Recreation Space Grants

In response to the vital need for affordable space, Portland Parks & Recreation piloted a space grant program offering time and space for artists to develop create, and experiment in three PP&R facilities. The pilot intended to gather information regarding the value of such space grants to artists determine community interest and engagement and to optimize underutilized spaces.