The Hult Center is Eugene’s hub for anything and everything related to the arts. The facility and its three performance spaces (the Silva Concert Hall, Soreng Theater, and Cuthbert Amphitheater) have received nationwide acclaim for their aesthetic and acoustic qualities. Seven major local and regional arts organizations are in residence here, including the Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Opera, Eugene Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players, and the Shedd Institute for the Arts.
The visual arts are an important part of the experience at the Hult Center as well. A number of galleries display works by predominantly local artists, which were selected by jury at the outset of the Center’s creation. The Hult facility itself was redesigned to integrate selected pieces of art into the architecture of the building.
The Hult Center came into being against improbable odds. After a decade of struggle on the part of advocates to find public funding, the Eugene Arts Foundation was formed in 1978 (during a marked economic recession) to develop a private support base. The Center opened in 1982, becoming the first arts center in the country to have been built entirely on private funding.
Today the Support HultCenter Operations nonprofit organization raises the necessary funds to maintain operations at the Hult, and manages a team of over 140 volunteers. The Center maintains an increasingly busy schedule, with over 700 events and programs presented every year.
Hult Center for the Performing Arts Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (within one block of a number of public bus lines)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 200 events presented annually.
- Ticket Prices: Vary widely ($0-118) depending on event. Discounts available at some events.
- Subscriptions/Membership: Subscriptions and season tickets are available at several resident performing arts organizations, but none are available for all events at the Hult Center.