For the past four years, Ethos has managed the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC), which is owned by Portland Parks & Recreation. On December 31, 2014, Ethos will return management responsibilities to the City of Portland so we can redirect our resources to support our expanded outreach programs that bring the benefits of music education to kids.
IFCC is a former firehouse that has been renovated into an arts facility consisting of a dance studio, art galleries, and a theatre, all of which are ADA accessible. Since 1982, the IFCC facility has provided a venue for multicultural arts programming in Portland. Over the years, IFCC has served as an art and cultural center, a theatre, an event space, a summer camp location, a community center, an after-school program facility, a gallery space, a dance studio, a venue for performing artists, and an educational facility for the arts.
“Ethos has been honored to partner with some of our city’s most dynamic arts organizations at IFCC,” says Ethos’ Executive Director, Jedidiah Chavez. “As we re-focus our mission to meet the changing landscape of arts education in Oregon, Ethos’ Board and staff have agreed to redirect resources to low-income kids living in underserved communities including isolated, rural towns in Oregon.”
Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to honoring the rich tradition of this historic space and will be working closely with the public to plan programming that celebrates multiculturalism and community access at IFCC.
For more information and questions regarding IFCC, please email Phil Lewis with Portland Parks & Recreation.