Portland'5 Foundation

Students from traditionally marginalized communities who have access to the arts, in or out of school, tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and higher levels of civic engagement, according to a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts report.

With that in mind, each year the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Education Program, removes barriers and provides access to a diverse selection of world-class lectures and performances for more than 12,000 students and teachers from Title-I schools in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Additionally, our programs enhance the education and arts experience by providing curricular materials that connect the stage and the classroom.

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The mission of Portland'5 Centers for the Arts Foundation is to secure funds for culturally relevant education programming and venue capital projects as part of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts’ commitment to ensure access to the performing arts for people of all means, cultures, abilities, and ethnicities.


Established in 1994 to support Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, the Portland'5 Foundation is dedicated to ensuring a strong cultural arts presence in the community through advocacy, fundraising and region-wide community outreach. In the past ten years, the Portland'5 Foundation has funded over $1.5 million in capital projects.

The Portland’5 Foundation supports offering culturally relevant education programming as part of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts’ commitment to celebrate diversity and broaden access to the performing arts for people of all means, cultures, and ethnicities.  Additionally, the Foundation raises funds for capital improvements to help maintain high-quality venues that attract premiere performers.

Board of Directors

Heather Kmetz, President
Sussman Shank

Gary Maffei, Past President

Chris Sittner, Secretary
Confluence Wealth Management

Daniel Platt, Treasurer
Perkins & Company, P.C.

Ifanyi Bell
Open Signal

Gus Castaneda

Cinzia Corio-Holman
Port of Portland

Walter Jaffe
White Bird

Geoffrey Neill
Carr Knowledge

Danielle Pacifico-Cogan
Children’s Institute

Bryann Turner
Milgard Windows and Doors

Robyn Williams, ex officio
Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

The Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the education and community outreach programs of metro Portland’s finest performing arts venues – Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Newmark Theatre, Winningstad Theatre, and Brunish Theatre. 


Portland'5 Centers for the Arts Foundation
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205


With deepest gratitude we thank our corporate partners:

2019/2020 Season Sponsors (logos): Toyota | The Collins Foundation | Herbert A. Templeton Foundation