Black Arts Center Proposed
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center would get new purpose
10/19/2021, 3:44 p.m.
The IFCC Community Advisory Committee proposes the building be redeveloped 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.
The plans reflect the vision of a more inclusive parks and recreation system, Rubio said.
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center is an historic community arts center located at 5340 N. Interstate Ave. It has a theater which seats nearly 100 people, a rehearsal studio, and art gallery.
With that in mind, the committee proposes that the existing site and building be redeveloped and expanded as a center for the arts and culture of Portland’s Black community, and as a showcase for its historical and cultural contributions.
The City has issued a Request For Proposals for a feasibility study which will produce market, financial, and operational analyses to determine a sustainable operating plan for the community resource.