Building a Solid Foundation

The Studies

Since its official founding in 2016, the PAI has made steady progress towards achieving our goal 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 (link to study summary) and a pro-forma, sustainability study (link to summary). Completed in 2021 during the pandemic, both studies indicated that our proposed PAC can be successful over time. 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. A concerted effort is now under way to secure a long-term lease on this property. Additional studies have been initiated to analyze vehicle traffic and to develop a traffic flow plan. These are necessary steps to attaining approval of a land use application by the City of Hood River.

 The Building

Further studies will help define land use. We expect to begin the selection process for an architectural design team in the spring of 2023. This will entail the hire 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.

This is the Place

Watch and listen as Board member Shannon Day walks you through the project and the site.