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Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty and former Mayor Denny Doyle cut the ribbon at the new performing arts center on March 1.

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, to celebrate the opening of Beaverton's new performing arts center.

Mayor Lacey Beaty and former Mayor Denny Doyle cut the ribbon together at the Reser's main entrance, joined by Patricia Reser, whose $13 million donation funded half the project; Beaverton Arts Foundation executive director Chris Ayzoukian; and Beaverton city councilors.

"I couldn't be more excited about the opening of this community treasure," Beaty said. "Our community's vision for a space to celebrate and engage the arts has finally come to life. Everyone is welcome here, and I hope it becomes a place to gather and be inspired."

Reser said the center's mission is to foster job, imagination and understanding in the community.

"I know how the arts have enriched my life and think the opportunity of a unique experience is there for all," Reser said. "The arts have the potential of bringing us together, expanding our thinking, giving us the opportunity to look at the world through others' eyes, and inviting exposure to an art form that perhaps we've never been exposed to before," said Reser.

The center, located between Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard and Hall Boulevard, features a 550-seat theater, art gallery, outdoor plaza and other multi-use spaces.

Nobuntu, a female a cappella group from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, will kick off the Reser's grand opening season on Tuesday, March 8, in commemoration of International Women's Day, followed by a March 12 performance from the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

The March 1 ribbon cutting was a private event, but the center will host a free community event — "Shine the Light" — on March 13.

Ayzoukian said the Reser has been a community effort.

"The ribbon cutting and dedication represents a dream realized for Beaverton and the entire Westside," he said. "We stand on the shoulders of so many people who have championed this idea to create a welcoming arts center that fosters joy, imagination, connection and understanding in our diverse and beautiful community."

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