Beaverton breaks ground on 'magical' arts center
Patricia Reser came more than ready to make her dream of a regional arts center in Beaverton a reality
Two years from now, the doors will open for the center, which her family foundation is the major donor at $13 million. The amount is about half the total raised from individuals, businesses and foundations. The other $21 million will come from city revenue bonds, repaid from city lodging taxes.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Beaverton, whose congressional district office is a few steps away from the arts center, has been a leading advocate of adding the "A" in arts to science, technology, engineering and math.
In a letter read by an aide, Bonamici wrote, "Watching a performance or looking critically at a work of art inspires us to consider new perspectives and the develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the world around us."