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


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