Challenge Programs: Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2021 - 5/31/2024

Funding Totals (matching)

$250,000.00 (approved)
$250,000.00 (offered)
$250,000.00 (awarded)

Activating the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts as a Space for Fostering the Humanities

FAIN: CHA-276836-22

Beaverton Arts Foundation, Inc. (Beaverton, OR 97005-1687)
Lani Faith (Project Director: May 2020 to September 2022)
Chris Ayzoukian (Project Director: September 2022 to present)

The installation of lighting and audiovisual systems for a 550-seat multipurpose theater, along with classroom audiovisual systems for two meeting rooms in the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (PRCA).

The PRCA will be an innovative world class interdisciplinary center located in the heart of downtown Beaverton's Central District, making history, science, literature, cultural cultivation and the arts accessible to all, fostering creativity through educational programs and support of local, regional, and national talents. The PRCA facility will include a 550 seat multi-purpose theater, classrooms, meeting and conference rooms, workshop space, and informal gathering areas. Support from the NEH will be used to implement the required technological audio/visual and related equipment that will activate the center.

Associated Products

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (Building)
Name: Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
Abstract: Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (The Reser) is a new, professional arts center located in downtown Beaverton, Oregon. Following a four-year period of design, planning, development and construction, The Reser opened its doors to the public on March 1, 2022. Immediately adjacent to City Hall, and within steps of a regional light-rail station, the facility consists of a 550-seat Mainstage Theater, an art gallery, meeting rooms, rehearsal and classroom spaces, and a public plaza. It opened to great acclaim in its first four months of public access. The Reser is designed to present national and international touring artists, local and regional performing arts organizations, visual arts exhibits, and arts and humanities education programs. It will also serve as a social and cultural hub for Beaverton and the growing communities just west of Portland Metro.
Director: Chris Ayzoukian
Year: 2022
Address: 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton, OR 97005
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2022 Transformer Award
Date: 7/12/2022
Organization: Portland Business Journal
Abstract: The PBJ Transformer Awards honor the most innovative and transformative development projects impacting Oregon and SW Washington.

Beaverton's Best
Date: 6/8/2022
Organization: Pamplin Media
Abstract: The Reser was selected as the 2022 Best Attraction, Best Art Gallery, Best Entertainment Venue, and Best Live Music Venue.