Reimagining Portland's Albina Arts Center

The Albina Arts Center Visioning Committee will define and drive a community-centered visioning and development process that will promote mutual understanding and collective vision for the Albina Arts Center.

History

Located at the corner of NE Williams and NE Killingsworth (5412 North Williams Avenue), the Albina Arts Center is a one-story, brick building that has been an important symbol of Portland’s Black community since the early 1960s. Used as a community hub, arts center, and meeting place, the Albina Arts Center was incorporated to give intentional space for the development of cultural and intellectual resources of the Albina neighborhood.

Current Status (as of March, 2022)

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In 2016, Oregon Community Foundation was approached by a court-appointed receiver working on behalf of the State of Oregon to serve in a temporary administrative capacity for the Albina Arts Center.

The property is currently held by the North Portland Economic Development Fund and is currently leased to several commercial tenants. This Fund was created pursuant to a Fund Agreement between the DOJ and AWL Building LLC, a limited liability company of which the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is the sole member.  The Fund was created to accept, title, and administer the Albina Arts Center with the intention to distribute all such property to a qualified charitable organization.

Community-led Process

Oregon Community Foundation has contracted with Try Excellence to provide an equitable engagement strategy to develop a path for transferring ownership of the Albina Arts Center to a nonprofit organization that is representative of the Albina community historically served by the building. Try Excellence is a Portland Area consulting firm providing innovative solutions to create environments where human brilliance is valued and celebrated.

Community Engagement Consultant and Facilitator

Portland native, Ericka Warren will lead the Try Excellence Project team and serve as Community Engagement Consultant and Facilitator for this work. Try Excellence will facilitate a community visioning process that will engage leaders and stakeholders in Portland’s Black community in strategic visioning and planning for the future of the Albina Arts Building.

Steering Committee

Serves as key advisors to the project in collaboration with Try Excellence and key Oregon Community Foundation staff who are responsible for the success of this project. The Steering Committee will help to create structures, maintain consistency, and offer accountability for an equitable, inclusive process.

Visioning Committee

The Albina Arts Visioning Committee will define and drive a community-centered visioning and development process that will promote mutual understanding and collective vision for the Albina Arts Center and the nonprofit organization that will own and steward the building.

Visioning Committee members will represent Black community leaders, organizations and stakeholders including generational diversity and a broad set of interests, perspectives and skills.

The Albina Arts Center Visioning Committee will:

  • Consist of 20-30 community stakeholders
  • Participate in a projected six-month visioning and development process that ensures a transparent, community-serving project
  • Develop key elements of the RFP for the Albina Arts Center
  • Contribute to criteria for eligibility of applications and an equitable RFP Process; and,
  • Communicate back to organizations/stakeholders they represent and community at large

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Oregon Community Foundation’s role in the transfer of the Albina Arts Center?
Why can’t the Albina Arts Center building be sold?
What is the purpose of a visioning process?
Why not give the building to a local nonprofit now?
How will the Albina Arts Center Steering and Visioning Committees be selected?
Will current tenants of the Albina Arts Center be involved in the process?
What is the timeline for selecting a new owner and steward for the Albina Arts Center?
Why can’t Oregon Community Foundation or the State of Oregon give the Albina Arts Center to a local Black Community based organization now?
Who will be appointed to the RFP selection committee?
What types of organizations will be eligible to respond to the RFP?
How do I get involved?

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