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 permanent 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).
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