Downtown Hillsboro Renaissance Project
2005, the City of Hillsboro secured a State grant for the Downtown
Renaissance project. This project is aimed at promoting the arts
as an integral component of the City’s downtown revitalization
efforts. Many cities around the country have found that the arts
can play a pivotal role in the economic and community vitality of their
The City appointed a
seventeen-member Citizen Advisory Committee and also retained a
multi-disciplinary consultant team to assist in this effort.
These parties collaborated in developing a plan that was informed by
community input gathered from a variety of sources, including
- stakeholder interviews
- community and artist surveys
- focus groups (Artists, Creative Services, High Tech Employers, Intel Employees)
common thread between all the groups is a shared vision for downtown, a
place where people want to hang out and spend time, a magnet for the
community and a center of activity. The future downtown is
described as a more active, vibrant place with attractive storefronts,
activities, restaurants and nightlife.
culmination of this project was an Action Plan, adopted by the
Hillsboro City Council on May 15, 2007. The Action Plan that
identifies twenty-two high priority initiatives for Hillsboro’s arts
and culture revival over the next three years.
For a summary of the Downtown Renaissance Project, click here.
- Downtown Hillsboro Renaissance Summary Report
- Arts & Culture Development Program
- Peer Community Case Studies
- Creative Sector Analysis / Arts & Culture Mapping
- Facility Assessment
- Planning and Zoning Code Review
- Funding Tool Box
Many of these tasks are happening simultaneously. If you are interested
in participating or would like to be included on a project mailing
list, please send us an email with your contact information.
The City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Downtown Business Association
and Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce have partnered on this project
which is funded in part by a Department of Land Conservation and
Development Technical Assistance Grant.
Art is Thriving in Downtown Hillsboro
Hillsboro Visual Art Association attained its project goal of
activating a vacant commercial space and providing a new gathering
place for the community in January, 2008. Officially named Sequoia
Gallery and Studios, the facility adds a distinctive element to
downtown Hillsboro by filling an empty commercial space featuring a
gallery, classroom and numerous studios.
gallery is 35 members strong. The work of three featured artists is
exhibited each month in the front portion and at least one piece of art
from each gallery member is shown in the rear portion of the gallery.
Special themed shows highlighting social, political or environmental
topics will be incorporated into the schedule as the gallery matures.
Each day, a gallery artist opens the doors and welcomes the public into
the rooms. Visitors have a personal experience each time they visit,
chatting with an artist about art or watching an artist at work in
their studio space.
In exchange for affordable
rent, thirteen studio artists committed to spending a minimum of 15
hours per week working in their studios. They will open their studios
to the public one day each week during gallery hours and one evening
per month during gallery receptions. Many of the artists intend to have
their studios open more often than required.
a studio in the new facility is a dream come true! Not only will it
provide a beautiful space dedicated to creative projects and learning,
it will be a cultural enclave, a place where artists encourage and
stimulate each other in collective growth."
--Grace Henson, artist
Link to Sequoia Gallery and Studios Website
|DOWNTOWN RENAISSANCE SIGNATURE PROJECTS
|Town Theater/Venetian Theatre and Bistro Renovation
of the Town Theatre (renamed the Venetian; its historic name) was
identified as the top priority and starting point to infuse Hillsboro’s
downtown with a more prominent arts and culture image. The City of
Hillsboro purchased the building in 1996 for $1,500. In 2007, a
citizen-led group endorsed a proposal from a local developer to
purchase the theatre and an adjacent building and restore them. The
Venetian Theatre and Bistro is expected to open in June, 2008,
featuring live and film entertainment, European dining, and a wine and
Link to more information here.
| Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council
City Council recently created the community’s first local arts
council. The 15-member Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council will
advise the City on arts / culture matters and over time, initiate and
manage projects and programs. Forming the Council is a crucial
step in building local organizational capacity to move forward.
In many communities, local arts councils are important catalysts in
shaping the arts scene; some councils become engines that power the
arts and culture sector and help create and reinforce their
communities’ arts / culture identities.
inventory of 40+ programs and projects is dynamic and will
change. The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council is certain to
lead the community into new endeavors, and local artists and arts
organizations can be counted on to continue innovating. The arts
and culture infrastructure that’s already in place or emerging will
surely incubate and nurture new initiatives.
Link to HACC webpage here.