The research is in: creative experiences are good for you—anything from watching a play to attending a concert, painting a landscape to learning a new recipe. Art boosts your mood, makes memories that bind you to friends and family, raises test scores, and fosters empathy.* Knowing this, how will you celebrate Hillsboro Arts Month? Find some suggestions below or follow your own creative path by visiting our full calendar of events at HillsboroArtsMonth.org.
Arts Month Family Fun
On October 5, start your Saturday with a walk through Orenco Woods Nature Park and take time for a game of hide and seek in the colossal stickwork sculpture, Head Over Heels, the number one selfie spot in Hillsboro and a great backdrop for a creative family portrait. Enjoy the fall weather with a picnic in the park, or head downtown for wood-fired pizzas at Pizzario before catching La Boheme at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. A production of Portland Opera To Go, this fun, all-ages staging features a shortened version of this classic opera entertaining for younger audiences. Cap off your outing with a shared chocolate fondue or handmade treat from Study of Sweets on 2nd Street.
On Sunday, bring the family to enjoy live music and a delicious brunch from market vendors at the Orenco Station Farmers’ Market. Once you’ve fueled up, your crew will be ready to head down to the studio for a ceramics class—everyone can their own ceramic cup, plate, and bowl (for ages 8+) with Jenny Champlin at Sequoia Gallery + Studios.
Arts Fun for 18 and up
On October 19 and 20, over fifty local artists open the doors to their private studios during the Washington County Open Studios Tour, including fourteen artists and two galleries in Hillsboro. The event is free, and a great way to be inspired, learn about the art-making process, and find unique pieces of art for your home or gifts. Make plans to visit studios on Saturday, then enjoy award-winning Japanese food at Syun or South Indian wine and curries at Virundhu. After dinner, head down Main Street to catch Bag&Baggage Production’s October play, A Clockwork Orange.
Weeknight Creative Experiences
If you can’t wait until the weekend for a night of creative fun, join us for ArtFest on October 1 from 5 to 8 pm. Part of First Tuesday at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, the evening features live music, snacks, and new art exhibits at the Walters, along with special performances on the stage and hands-on activities. Then head Downtown to visit other Hillsboro locations featuring work by local artists, live music, and more.
For another Tuesday break, stop by for a drink and appetizers at Primrose and Tumbleweeds in downtown Hillsboro before heading next door to Lines Studio for a drop-in Salsa dance class. Beginner’s classes are 7 – 8 pm, and Intermediate classes are 8 – 9 pm.
- Americans for the Arts, 2017, Art Facts: SAT Scores and the Arts 1999-2015, https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/naappd/arts-facts-sat-scores-and-the-arts-1999-2015;
- Americans for the Arts, 2008, Arts Programs in US Hospitals, https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/pdf/get_involved/advocacy/research/2013/arts_health13.pdf;
- Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd, 2013, Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind, https://www.newschool.edu/pressroom/pressreleases/2013/CastanoKidd.htm