Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

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The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in North Portland. It was founded in 1982 by Portland's first African-American Commissioner and Parks’ Director, Charles Jordan. IFCC has served as the cultural home for the African American community in N/NE since its founding. The structure consists of a 99-seat theater, rehearsal studio, and gallery. The building was originally constructed in 1910 and used as a fire station until 1959. 

Call to Artists – IFCC Grant and Residency Program

IFCC will be activated through the IFCC Grant and Residency Program through early 2025, funded by the American Rescue Plan. This initiative is part of the City of Portland’s larger Relief and Recovery for Artists of Color program which supports Portland artists who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline for the first grant cycle is Friday, August 26, 2022 at 5pm. Find out more here

Proposed Center for Black Arts & Culture

In 2021, Portland Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), and the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) announced efforts to advance the community-led vision for the beloved public space at IFCC. The IFCC CAC proposes the building be redeveloped and expanded as a site where “the history of Portland's Black community and its rich arts and culture contributions can be presented, displayed, discussed, and honored.” Read the full announcement.

IFCC Feasibility Study

A feasibility study, funded by the 2020 Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy) is currently in development. The study will produce market, financial, and operational analyses to determine a sustainable operating plan for IFCC, in alignment with the community’s vision. Read the full article.

IFCC Community Advisory Committee

  • Antoinette Edwards (Office of Youth Violence Prevention, retired)
  • Cynthia Sulaski (Overlook Neighborhood Association)
  • Donovan Smith (Gentrification is WEIRD!, artist, writer, speaker, producer)
  • Dr. S. Renee Mitchell (I Am MORE, artist, writer)
  • Helen Daltoso (Regional Arts & Culture Council)
  • Jeana Woolley (JM Woolley & Associates, community developer)
  • Patricia Welch (North Portland Library, retired)
  • Prentice Onayemi (Grains of Salt, artist)
  • Rob Smith (PHAME, artist)
  • Subashini Ganesan-Forbes (Former Creative Laureate of Portland, New Expressive Works)
Year acquired
1966
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History

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in north Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. The IFCC was founded in 1982 by Portland's first African-American elected official, Commissioner Charles Jordan. The building was originally constructed in 1910 as a fire station and was in use until 1959. The renovated structure now contains a 99-seat theater, gallery, and rehearsal/dance studio.

The building is owned by Portland Parks & Recreation, a City of Portland Bureau, and was managed by IFCC, Inc. until May 2010, when the non-profit ceased operations. In August 2010, management authority was given to Ethos, Inc. by a unanimous vote of the Portland city council. Ethos returned management responsibilities to the City of Portland on December 31, 2014 to redirect their resources to support expanded outreach in communities throughout Oregon. Portland Parks & Recreation took over management responsibilities on January 1, 2015 and is committed to honoring the rich traditions of this historic space. 

Accessibility Notes

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center is fully wheelchair accessible.

Park Location or Entrance

5340 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

Contact

Soo Pak

Art, Culture, and Special Events Manager

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