The Midtown Arts Center, completed in early 2021, is a significant addition to Eugene’s arts community, and an economic, cultural, and educational boost to the city. The new center fulfills a longtime goal of Eugene Ballet and other organizations to create a permanent space large enough for students and performers to rehearse adequately, with plenty of administrative space and room to grow.
The centerpiece of the center is the seven rehearsal studios on the second and third floors. The two main studios are located on the third floor, with one the size of the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater stage, around 1,700 square feet, and a bigger one the size of the Silva Concert Hall stage at 3,100 square feet. Studio spaces are available for rent for rehearsals and private events.
The Midtown Arts Center houses the administrative offices of building owner Eugene Ballet. Additionally, the Ballet leases administrative office space to eight organizations on the first floor: Chamber Music Amici, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Opera, #instaballet, Lane Arts Council, Orchestra NEXT, and Pacific International Choral Festivals. The non-profit groups reduce costs by sharing maintenance and operating costs, while their colocation promotes collaboration on arts projects.
The first floor also includes rentable conference rooms and an art gallery with rotating art, and the entrance to the Eugene Ballet Academy, which serves more than 500 children a week. The Center is also offering classes for adults.
The Midtown Arts Center is part of a 128,000 square foot development, called “The Midtown,” that includes housing and commercial space. The project was made possible through the partnership between Eugene Ballet and longtime arts supporter Alex Haugland, who is codeveloping the site.