World Arts Foundation, Inc. was established in 1978 in Portland, Oregon to promote and preserve African-American contributions to the American culture, and to support community education through the interface of arts and education in interactive, visual and performing media that showcases local and regional talent.

Through our year-round work, World Arts establishes linkages between artists and the wider community that provide increased opportunities for enhanced knowledge and awareness. 

For more than a quarter of a century, World Arts Foundation, Inc. has served the educational needs of our community, bridging the gulf between lack of information and knowledge of different cultures.

This includes the Cultural Recreation Band, a multicultural performing orchestra and music ensemble taught by professional musicians and composed of inner city and minority youth who have had none or limited previous exposure to music.

In a few short years, these young musicians have been trained to present complex classical music programs, which have led to numerous music awards, citations, including placement in prestigious statewide competitions and receipt of college scholarships.