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Story from our friends at The Reser. A long-held dream has been realized, the opening of the Patricia Reser Center.

Chris Ayzoukian

Executive Director, Patricia Reser Center for the ArtsA long-held dream has been realized. The opening of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is evidence that you — the people of our community and region — can dream of a better future and deliver on its promise.

As we bring The Reser to life this month, we stand on the shoulders of so many who came before us. The dream of building a professional arts center to provide more access to the arts in Beaverton and Washington County was born as a grass-roots idea decades ago. It manifested in Beaverton's award-winning Community Visioning process. First, we thank Pat Reser and the Reser family's extraordinary generosity and vision. And we should all thank former Mayor Denny Doyle, Mayor Lacey Beaty and current and former members of the Beaverton City Council, who boldly responded to the community's aspirations by creating a public-private partnership to provide for both the construction and the future of The Reser. We thank the trustees of the Beaverton Arts Foundation and the members of Beaverton Arts Commission for their support and advocacy, and for carrying the torch for more than 20 years. And finally, we thank over 1,000 supporters including neighbors, business owners, and foundations who gave gifts from $2 to $1.5 million and helped exceed the construction campaign goal, even in the face of a historic pandemic. We are humbled by your support and contributions.

Our mission at The Reser is to foster joy, imagination, connection, and understanding. We are committed to presenting artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities of quality and relevance for all. This commitment is finally realized in our Grand Opening Spring Season, and it's only the beginning. We invite you to see for yourself at thereser.org. The Reser exists to celebrate all that is human about us and to celebrate the things that bring us together. Our goal is to promote healthy dialogue and connect you with one another in ways only the arts and artists can do. It is in the theater, as the lights

go down, that a group of strangers can miraculously become a new community.

The board and staff of The Reser invite you to experience this stunning building and the breadth and depth of our programming. We hope you will join us for one or more of our opening events, including Shine the Light: A Community Celebration — free and open to all on Sunday, March 13.

After two long years of "social distancing" we will soon come together again in an act of social healing and form a new and vibrant community around the arts and The Reser.

The Reser belongs to you. We look forward to welcoming you with open arms.

Chris Ayzoukian,

Executive Director, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

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