The CoHo Resource Center

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Starting on July 1, CoHo will be offering Resource Center Basic Memberships for $50/month or $25/week!
Join the waitlist now by filling out the survey! 

The recording studio and board room will be available for $15/hour to drop-in visitors, and fully included in memberships! 

The Resource Center will be open from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays for
drop in access, available on a pay-what-you-can basis

We want all of these resources to be available to the independent and emerging artists of Portland. Creative expression is a human right, and we are committed to producing all theatre- not just that of the lucky few.

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Welcome to the CoHo Resource Center! 

We are so excited to introduce you to this very special, brand new space. We have been working tirelessly over at CoHo to prepare a place specially designed for underserved, emerging, working artists in Portland. Our small company is made up of such artists, so we reached out to our community to understand what our people wanted and needed in order to make their art. The response was clear – people need cheap access to quality resources and space. They need a sound studio to record their designs and auditions; they need a copy machine to print off their scripts and scan their notes; they need a computer loaded up with all the newest, most cutting-edge design software; they need both private and collaborative meeting spaces; and they need a black box theater to test it all out in. After years of fundraising, negotiating, and outreach, we are finally ready to give that to Portland, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the CoHo Resource Center with you and our local, creative community.

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Our Mission

The CoHo Resource Center supports Portland’s underserved creative community by providing critical artistic education and resources on an income-driven basis. We strive to provide a home for emerging and marginalized creatives to self-produce their own work on their own terms. We believe that equal access to artistic self-expression is a human right, as it enriches our city’s culture, the development of ideas, and our collective emotional connection.

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Our Vision

The CoHo Resource Center aspires to create a sustainable hub for Portland artists and community leaders to collaborate, share skills, and complete their projects. We want the Resource Center to work as a template for art-making accessibility that can be brought to scale anywhere people are in need of grassroots education and self-production support. We want people of all income levels to feel welcomed and truly uplifted by our services to create their original work and share it with the world. We believe that this will diversify the kind of art people have access to, bringing us into a more intimate connection and genuine awareness of one another’s experiences. We can do more authentic social problem-solving, community-building, and personal growth when we can ALL freely express ourselves. The CoHo Resource Center believes in people’s right to participate in the world creatively, subversively, and autonomously. We believe that when this is done in community and with sustained support, our connections and resilience are strengthened in the face of our regularly programmed isolation and everyday struggle.

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Our Values

The CoHo Resource Center seeks to center, uplift, and provide access to vital resources for all community members in Portland, OR. Regardless of socio-economic status, the CoHo Membership Model is designed on an income-based sliding scale, seeking to be affordable to everyone we serve. Our values reflect our commitment to marginalized individuals in particular, those who might not traditionally have access to the resources needed to bring their latest creative vision to life. 

Our community consists of a diverse population, serving BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, sick/dying, neurodivergent, poor, fat, and elderly individuals. Capitalism often oppresses marginalized community members such as these, and at the CoHo Resource Center, we are dedicated to creating accessible, affordable space for all.

We believe that access to art and creative tools is a fundamental human right.

Lend your voice: Healthy dialogue, respectful debate, and enthusiastic idea sharing are all part of collective life and the creative process.

CoHo values art that promotes diversity at every level of production. Everyone is wanted, needed, and welcome.

Connect with and learn from your local community members. Build collective support with artists just like you.

CoHo values art that uses an efficient economic model, making more with less.
We need to be able to make scrappy decisions around difficult problems.

We believe in your right to autonomous production. We want Portland to be full of completely empowered artists,
able to create their own projects without the permission of larger institutions.

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What resources can you find in the CoHo Resource Center?

Co-Working Space

  • Easy member check-in using the CoHo Resource Center Membership App
  • Office Manager available for on-site customer support during business hours.
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi 
  • Charging station (USB/USB C)
  • Community bulletin board
  • Shared co-working communal tables (seats 8)
  • Couch corner (seats 3–8)
  • Quiet reading nook for one
  • Fully stocked kitchenette
  • Communal fridge space

Business Center

  • High-tech Xerox machine with unlimited printing/copying
  • Computer Lab with 3 Windows and 3 Mac stations
  • Design software: QLab, Adobe Creative Cloud, VectorWorks
  • Standing desk options
  • XL paper cutter
  • XL 3-hole punch
  • Laminator + laminating sheets
  • Label maker
  • Script binders
  • A variety of paper stock
  • A variety of free office supplies (pens, highlighters, stapler, ruler, tape, glue, scissors, etc)

Board Room

  • Private, quiet board room environment
  • Seating for 8-10
  • Large modular, convertible table space 
  • Whiteboard + markers
  • Smart TV with broadcast capabilities
  • Access to locked and private shredder
  • Garbage and recycling
  • Coat rack
  • Reserve your space: Bookable by the hour 

Recording Studio

  • 50″ 240 HZ LED Screen
  • 2 8″ Active Monitors
  • ATEM Mini Pro Switcher
  • Digital Sound Interface(for recording)
  • Rode Caster Pro (for podcasting)
  • Mac Studio Ultra Computer
  • Condenser Microphone
  • Recording and Podcasting Setup
  • Sound editing software including Premier Pro, After Effects, Pro Tools, and Q-Lab 5
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Take a Tour

The CoHo Resource Center will be officially open in 2024. Located in the booming Slabtown neighaborhood, swing by to take a tour of the space, learn more about what the Resource Center has to offer, and figure out which membership level is right for you.

Business Center & Computer Lab
Lounge Area & Computer Lab
Coffee Station & Kitchenette
Board Room
Dynamic Co-Working Environment
Recording Studio
The CoHo Theatre
Computer Lab & Co-Working Space
Board Room
The CoHo Resource Center
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Membership Perks

CoHo Resource Center members gain access to a variety of perks that enhance the creative process and make connecting with your local community significantly easier. 

Perks of membership include:

  • Free access to all CoHo workshops
  • A private group on the CoHo Discord server
  • Access to unlimited printing/copying 
  • Check-in using the easy-to-use, personalized Membership app
  • All six computers, the recording studio, and the board room are all available to book by the hour and can be booked remotely and in advance through the Membership Portal
  • Extended hours to access to the CoHo Resource Center, outside of regular business hours
  • Access to CoHo’s shop space
  • Insider access to the CoHo Theatre
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The CoHo Resource Center Membership Model is designed to be accessible to all community members in our area. Memberships are priced on a sliding income-based scale, and are available on a month-to-month or annual basis, ensuring that everyone who wants to use the Resource Center can find a price point that works for your individual budget.

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Become a Member!

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Get in Touch

Questions, comments, curiosities? We’d love to hear from you!
Send us an email and someone from the Resource Center team will get back to you ASAP.

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