Collins Foundation awards $200,000 for creative arts center

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The Collins Foundation, of Portland, Oregon, has granted $200,000 to Catlin Gabel School towards its planned Creative Arts Center. This grant brings the total raised for this Middle and Upper School arts building to $4.27 million, or 62 percent of the total $6.9 million goal. Catlin Gabel plans to break ground when 80 percent of the goal for the building is met.
“The community support for this project is exhilarating,” said head of school Lark Palma. “As one of the premier foundations in Oregon, the Collins Foundation’s endorsement of our quest to provide an innovative hub for creativity is most gratifying.”
Portland architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture is the designer of the Creative Arts Center. Cloepfil has recently designed high-profile arts and education projects in New York City, Montreal, and Dallas.
The Creative Arts Center will provide classrooms, studios, and practice rooms for drama, choir, visual arts, media arts, and music for students in grades 6 though 12. It features flexible spaces for a wide variety of creative pursuits, such as a two-story black box theater and an art studio for three-dimensional works. The cultivation of students’ creativity and creative thinking across all disciplines is an essential part of Catlin Gabel’s educational philosophy and mission.
Catlin Gabel is also exploring ideas with other area nonprofits for extending the Creative Arts Center’s use beyond the school’s student community. Possible uses for the wider community include after school and summer art programs.
The Creative Arts Center is one component of the school’s Campaign for Arts and Minds; the other branch of the campaign is devoted to raising endowment funds to strengthen the school’s long-term financial sustainability and support financial aid.
Catlin Gabel serves Portland and the world as an educational catalyst, drawing together dedicated educators, motivated students, superb curricular resources, and thoughtfully applied technology, in a beautiful and functional setting, all for the purpose of forming bold learners who become responsible action-takers for life. Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive coeducational day school serving 740 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 60 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland. For more about the school, please visit
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