he yellow stucco building that sits north of The Tower Theater has long been a building of mystery. It's been home to pop-up galleries, marketplaces, yoga classes and a hub for the many conferences and festivals Bend hosts each year. Now the historic space, formally known as The Liberty Theater, has a new mission, and a new name: At Liberty, part gallery, part events space, part office.
Co-founders Jenny Green, René Mitchell and Kaari Vaughn saw the building's untapped potential and dreamed of creating a permanent home and gathering space for Bend's evolving arts and culture scene. Upcoming exhibitions range from contemporary art from The High Desert Museum, as well as a presentation of Edgar Allen Poe's work from the Deschutes Historical Society.
Local nonprofits, Arts and Cultural Alliance, ScaleHouse and World Muse will also have offices At Liberty, providing them with a collaborative workspace. Mitchell says, "Many thriving nonprofits struggle to find an affordable office space to expand their presence. Part of At Liberty's mission is to provide a home for these organizations to collaborate, grow and expand." And At Liberty will continue to support BendFilm and other local organizations by continuing to use At Liberty as a hub for their events.
In an ever growing city, where we often find our community spaces closing or re-imagined into less accessible venues, At Liberty hopes to bring an inspiring and dynamic space for the exploration of arts and culture, through exhibitions, collaborations, and events to the community on a regular basis.
Grand Opening Fri., Nov. 10
849 NW Wall St., Bend