Building a Solid Foundation

The Studies

Since its official founding in 2016, the PAI has made steady progress towards achieving our vision of opening a new performing arts center to serve the Columbia River Gorge. We have recently completed two studies to support and validate our project: a capital campaign feasibility study and a pro-forma, sustainability study. Completed in 2021 during the pandemic, both studies indicated that our proposed performing arts center can be successful over time. However, significant community support is necessary to begin and maintain a project of this scope. 

The Site

Not long after PAI was founded, land was identified that will be available for lease for the construction of the center. This property on Westcliff Drive in Hood River features not only incredible scenic views of the Columbia River, but access to infrastructure with adjacent lodging and restaurants. This is one potential site for the future performing arts center. In the next couple years, PAI will go through a thorough site selection process, reaching out to all the local communities, port authorities, and other interested organizations to identify the ideal location for this future performing arts center.

The Building

We expect to begin the selection process for an architectural design team sometime in 2025. This will also entail the hiring of a Project Manager to guide our process and help us choose the best team for our project. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

PAI is committed to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. Read our statement here.

The above artist’s conceptual image courtesy of Hacker Architects, a Portland, Oregon architectural firm.


Watch, listen and imagine as Board member Shannon Day walks you through a potential site and the its possibilities.