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Center for the arts foundation

The Center for the Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization with a vision to enrich our community with vibrant and diverse artistic experiences. The Foundation seeks to promote sustained development of the arts by cultivating necessary resources. 


The Foundation’s various artistic endeavors enhance the development of community values and provide opportunities for performance and self-expression. These artistic performances provide employment, attract visitors and promote economic development. A long-term goal of the Foundation is to advocate for a community center for the arts.

The Foundation is constantly seeking methods to promote the arts and to encourage your support. The Foundation is supporting Gresham Readers Theatre. The Foundation sponsored the creation of a public art mural on the wall of the building at 3rd and Roberts. Thanks to artist Lee Lauritzen, multiple scenes of the historic development of the City of Gresham are depicted on the mural Your contributions allow us to support these programs. We welcome and are always interested in new Board members and volunteers. Social media support also enhances our success.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy


The Center For The Arts Foundation endorses the goals of equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and the principles of equal opportunity for all who work and participate in arts & culture endeavors and condemns racism, prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion.
To these ends, we encourage opportunities in all disciplines and areas of arts and culture to include persons of every race, national origin, religion, color, culture, age, gender, physical disability, or sexual orientation.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate and sustain the arts in Gresham and the East county community by providing diverse and accessible artistic experiences that engage, inspire, and educate.


Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to foster a thriving arts ecosystem that reflects the unique character and values of our communities.

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Our Vision

Our vision is as a catalyst for creativity and innovation in Gresham & our East county, creating a more vibrant and connected community through arts, culture and events.


We envision a future where the arts are an integral part of the community's identity & diversity as a driving force for social, cultural, and economic growth.

Support the Center for the Arts Foundation Today!

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