About Portland Abbey Arts

Portland Abbey Arts is a nonprofit community development initiative and intercultural arts collective, fostering diverse, vital, rooted, compassionate and resilient community in north Portland via collaborative arts education, performances and cross-cultural community building.

We bring together diverse north Portland neighbors across differences of race, ethnicity, income, ability, orientation and gender identity, creating contexts where renewed human relationships, and personal and community transformation can occur.

Abbey Arts hosts art education classes, concerts, community theatre, cultural events, neighborhood conversations and social events on the campus of Portland Abbey, (7600 N Hereford Avenue). The Abbey is a 'community commons' for north Portland, located in the neighborhood of Portsmouth (near St. Johns). Abbey Arts offerings contribute to greater livability and enhanced quality of life for north Portland residents of all ages, cultures and income levels. We believe the arts a core means for building diverse and vital community across differences of age, race, class, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.
In addition to hosting Abbey Arts, the Portland Abbey campus hosts Hereford House (7704 N Hereford Avenue) a community food pantry and social services organization, the abbey church of St. Andrew and All Souls (an Episcopal church community) and the 'The Library'  (7508 Hereford Avenue) a vintage former public library space, hosting a variety of community events and intimate music concerts. 


Rent the Abbey Undercroft Theater and Artspace for an Event or Book a Musician/Band Concert

Abbey Arts Curators

Sal Corpuz is Abbey Arts Operations Manager for concerts and other events. Sal is also our creative mixologist/ and a resident of north Portland (St. Johns).

Todd Fadel is Abbey Arts Associate Director. Todd curates Abbey Arts creative events, book shows and teaches songwriting on the Abbey Arts Faculty.

Michael Ashton is the owner of Soundghost Studios in St. Johns (in north Portland). Michael is an Abbey Arts lead audio engineer.

Catherine Feeney is a Creative Associate at Abbey Arts. Catherine is an accomplished singer-songwriter and resident of Portland's SE side.

Aaron Bayless is an Abbey Arts audio engineeer.

Jonny Wright of Tone Lab Studios is an Abbey Arts audio engineeer.

Karen Ward is Portland Abbey Arts Founding Director. Previous to Portland Abbey Arts, Karen founded Artwerks, a non profit arts corporation in Seattle, WA,  managed a 'Tea bar and performance gallery' called Living:Room and cofounded The Fremont Abbey Arts Center  with Fremont Abbey Arts Director Nathan Marion. When not curating arts events, Karen curates the abbey Church of St. Andrew and All Souls (the Episcopal church community of north Portland, resident at Portland Abbey).

Abbey Arts Faculty

Steve Schob teaches drumming and percussion and is the founder of Collective Rhythm, a non-profit networking community resources to see people engage, enjoy and excel in making music, creating community and sharing life.

Dave Ewing teaches animation and filmmaking as resident faculty member of Portland Abbey Youth Arts Camps and Labs.

Bobby Fouther  teaches dance and visual arts through a creative process that allows student to become successful in understanding the entreprenurial aspects of the art world. Bobby is the artistic director of Portland Abbey Arts Lombard Art and Culture Project.

Todd Fadel teaches songwriting and music composition. Todd works for the Portland Public Schools as a para-educator and is the co-facilitator of the arts/music collective Agents of Future at The Bridge Christian Church in Portland. Todd has worked with community building via collaborative arts for over 15 years.

Jesse Gardener, teaches experiments in the art of freestyle rap and spoken word poetyr, mingled with contemplative mediation an breathing exercises. Participants will acquire tools for creative express and to develop a centering/mediation practice

Kali Hoesch teachs painting and muraling. He is a gallery artsits and resident of north Portland (University Park). Kali is also part of the Colored Pencils Arts and Culture Council.

Buff Medb Neretin teaches mixed media arts and print making. Buff is a resident of north Portland (Portsmouth) and curates Aurora Silks of the Moon Studio.