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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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5340 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Soo Pak, Arts, Culture & Special Events Manager


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Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is currently developing a community-driven plan to reopen the historic IFCC in early 2018.
We invite your involvement as we move forward.

Our goals are to honor and advance:

  1. IFCC's original mission to explore, preserve and celebrate Portland’s diversity
  2. IFCC's history and roots in the African American community
  3. The City of Portland's commitment to racial equity

We invite artists and arts organizations to get involved in the following ways:

Artist Forum

Join us on Wednesday, January 10 at 6pm for an Artist Forum and building tour at IFCC to:

  • Hear about our planning process to shape the future for IFCC, and see recent building improvements
  • Share your space needs as they relate to IFCC
  • Discuss ideas and recommendations on programming/business models for IFCC, based on community needs and the above goals

Your input will be shared with a Community Advisory Committee that will help guide decisions about the building’s future use. Space is limited to 2 representatives per organization. Please RSVP by Friday, December 29 to Alex Diaz at

Artist Forum
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
5340 N Interstate Avenue, Portland

 Short-term Leasing

While we thoughtfully develop a long-term plan for IFCC, we are also working to address immediate needs for cultural space. From January to May 2018, PP&R is making IFCC available to arts organizations, for short-term leasing (4-6 weeks). An application process and lottery will be used to select qualified organizations for these short-term leases. To qualify for entry into the lottery, your organization must demonstrate strong alignment with IFCC’s stated goals (listed above). Application deadline is Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5pm.

More information and application

If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact:

Soo Pak
Arts, Culture & Special Events Manager
Portland Parks & Recreation

503-823-3345 (office)


 About IFCC

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in north Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. 

Mission Statement
IFCC is committed to creating an environment in which people of every ethnic and cultural background come together as artists and audience to explore, preserve, and celebrate their diversity.

IFCC History

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in north Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. The IFCC was founded in 1982 by Portland's first African-American elected official, Commissioner Charles Jordan. The building was originally constructed in 1910 as a fire station and was in use until 1959. The renovated structure now contains a theater with the capacity for over 100 seated guests, an art gallery, dance studio, and space for rehearsals or classes.

The building is owned by Portland Parks & Recreation, a City of Portland Bureau, and was managed by IFCC, Inc. until May 2010, when the non-profit ceased operations. In August 2010, management authority was given to Ethos, Inc. by a unanimous vote of the Portland city council. Ethos returned management responsibilities to the City of Portland on December 31, 2014 to redirect their resources to support expanded outreach in communities throughout Oregon. Portland Parks & Recreation took over management responsibilities on January 1, 2015 and is committed to honoring the rich traditions of this historic space. Staff works closely with the public to plan programming that celebrates multiculturalism and community access at IFCC.

historical photo of IFCC from 1910