About the Performing Arts Initiative

The PAI Vision

Gorge Performing Arts
Imagine a home and showcase not just for the Gorge’s amazing local talent, but for regional and national performers and entertainers. Imagine a winter classical music festival on par with any in the northwest, a summer pop festival, film festivals, lectures, conferences, dance recitals, opera, drama and musical theatre, all performed in a comfortable, state-of-the-art, and environmentally conscious facility that enhances the beauty of an already amazing landscape.

The founders of the Performing Arts Initiative have a vision to expand the culture and attractiveness of the Columbia River Gorge beyond its core of outdoor tourism, active sports, hi-tech industry and agriculture. We want to create a foundation for developing and presenting larger scale, high-end artistic performances that are on par with other, culturally vibrant communities.

Our goal is the creation of a 600-seat, state-of-the-art theatre:

  • Showcase for a wide range of local and national talent
  • Lighting, sound, and stage amenities to accommodate local and touring productions
  • Classrooms, studio space and shop
  • Entrance hall for special events
  • Plaza for art exhibits, outdoor performances
  • Parking and loading dock
  • Entrance off Westcliff Drive, Interstate 84 exit 62

PAI believes in the transformative power of the performing arts. 

PAI is committed to creating a space that welcomes the broadest possible diversity of artists, audiences, and use by the community in which we live.

We pledge to sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where everyone who walks through our doors—patrons, artists, employees, volunteers, and vendors—feels valued and respected regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability.

We will do out part to challenge and disrupt systemic issues around all forms of inequality, through the transformative power of the performing arts. 

Our commitment to these principals is an ongoing journey. We look forward to continuing to share our DEI efforts with you, and we hope you will join us in the conversation.

PAI complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and all other related federal, state, and local laws. PAI does not discriminate based on age, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other legally protected class in regard to any term, condition, employment, program, event, or service.


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