Photo by Cory Weaver,
courtesy of Portland Opera
ARTS and Culture
With 40,000 people employed in art related industries within Oregon ( 18,000 of them
in the Portland metro area alone), there’s a lot of art and culture to be had – and
not just by gazing at the Portland Art Museum’s internationally recognized perma-
nent collection and its special exhibitions.
Arts and cultural activities take place throughout the city, many of them free to the
community in public plazas, community centers, and parks. Portland is also known
for its numerous artistic bastions within the city from the lively downtown cultural
district, to the Pearl District (home to First Thursdays and many first tier galleries, as
well as the Gerding Theater at the Armory), to NE Alberta Street (where Last Thursday
Art Walk and the annual Alberta Street Art Fair take place).