3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, US
Bio: Welcome to Artichoke! We are more than a great acoustic music store. We are more than a school of music where you can learn a number of different instruments from experienced teachers. And we are more than one of Portland's best live music venues. We are a non-profit community - a place where anyone can come and find others to share in the gift of music. The Folk Music Tradition Although our teachers, classes and performers offer a variety of musical genres, we are particularly focused on creating and fostering cultural enrichment through folk music. As a result, many of our classes celebrate the folk music tradition, and we produce concerts and events that bring folk music to the community. Encouraging the Making of Music In an era where people too often allow the “experts” to do it for them, we offer a friendly, encouraging place in which people of all ages and backgrounds can discover, learn and play music themselves—both individually and as a group. To accomplish our goals, we offer affordable access to music and teachers. We provide teachers comfortable spaces in which to work with students. And we give both professional and budding musicians numerous opportunities to play and perform. We also take donations of instruments in good working condition, then lend them out without obligation to those who otherwise could not afford it. We believe everyone who wants to make music should have the tools, training and encouragement to do so. Welcoming Diversity We are dedicated to the inclusion of diverse cultures in the students we teach, the communities we serve, the artists we present, and the audiences we attract. We provide a venue in which all people can engage in the universal benefits of music regardless of their age, race, color, gender, ability, religion, education, sexual orientation or gender identity.