“PDC has a strong commitment to neighborhood vitality and local business success,” says Becki Marsh of the Portland Development Commission. “We welcome the opportunity to work with community assets like the Miracle Theatre.”
El Centro Milagro, a facility that encompasses both the nonprofit organization’s offices at 425 S.E. 6th Ave. and its performing arts facility at 525 S.E. Stark St., has been the Miracle Theatre Group’s home since 1997. The roof has leaked for many years, and a reputable roofing contractor has recommended a major repair.
Marsh says this grant presents an exceptional opportunity for PDC to contribute to a diverse, sustainable community while supporting several objectives. The PDC grant complements significant improvements already made by the Miracle during its 2008–09 25th anniversary season, which were supported by $56,000 in grants, donations and in-kind contributions.
“Even more than the ability to address our concerns for the safety and comfort of our artists and patrons, the PDC grant reinforces our belief in the power of community and recognizes that what we are creating here at El Centro Milagro is a cultural institution that is integral to the vitality of our neighborhood and the region,” says Miracle Theatre Group’s executive director, José E. González.
Miracle Theatre Group has been bringing Latino theatre to the Northwest community and beyond for more than 25 years. In addition to its national tours, Miracle provides a home for Spanish and Latin American arts and culture, enriching the local community with a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs. The company merges high aesthetic ideals with social responsibility, illustrated by a long tradition of innovative programming to meet the needs of the Northwest’s diverse artists and audiences.
“As the Mexican painter Luis Guerra once stated, the artist’s role ought to be similar to a shaman’s. They should be using their work to heal the spirit of the world and all of its inhabitants. Few places have embodied this sentiment in the Portland area as well as the Miracle Theatre,” says PDC board member Bertha Ferran. “Far from being just another concert hall, El Centro Milagro has been a bastion of community activity that houses arts education programs along with its notoriously dynamic performances. In addition, they have made studio and performance space available at reduced rates to artists, educators and a variety of community groups.”