Our Story

In early 2012, the building known since the late 1920's as the Mallory Avenue Baptist Church was in poor shape and no longer in use.   

 

A pair of Portland developers with an appreciation for history decided to give it new life. The building, now known as Alberta Abbey, is a performance and event center. In addition to hosting events, the Abbey also provides office and studio space to creative organizations.

The Alberta Abbey Foundation

 

This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was created in 2015 in response to an opportunity created by the Abbey.  Artists have expressed difficulty finding space in which to practice and perform in Portland, particularly in the Northeast neighborhoods. Many have concerns about affordability, and even about the future viability in Portland of their chosen art.  Building on these concerns, the Alberta Abbey Foundation formed with the following mission and vision:

 

MISSION

To foster exposure and development of the arts for children and adults of all backgrounds in Northeast Portland. 

 

VISION

Make Alberta Abbey the birthplace of countless dreams and the location of masterpieces in music, dance, theater, visual arts, and more.

 

The foundation raises money which is used for the following activities:

  • Subsidizing underfunded arts organizations for performances at Alberta Abbey
  • Creating awareness in the arts community about Alberta Abbey as a venue
  • Attracting a diverse set of arts disciplines to the building
  • Funding improvements to the building that will expand its capability
  • Promoting the efforts of partner arts organizations
  • Celebrating the contributions of partner arts benefactors
  • Engaging with and serving immediate neighbors of Alberta Abbey
  • Turning the building itself into an expression of artistic beauty

What does this mean to your arts organization?

 

As the foundation grows and develops, it will establish an application process for winning a subsidy for your performance/project.  It will form artists-in residence programs and various other initiatives to carry out its mission.

 

If you believe your group's mission aligns with ours, please reach out to us.  Let's find out what we can do together!

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