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Community Outreach
Giving Back with the Healing of Music


At Artichoke Music, we are all about sharing music. We often have groups of children and the elderly visit us for a "field trip" where they can get a taste of what we enjoy here all the time! We also send musicians out to entertain schools, retirement communities and the homebound. This provides the healing touch of music, not only for the recipients, but also for the musicians as well.


Richard Shares a Banjo with a Group of Seniors


Artichoke Community Music

ACM is a non-profit organization dedicated to building community by creating an environment that preserves and enriches the rich folk music tradition.

Folk music is defined as the music of the people that has traditionally been passed along through oral history and linked with mainly acoustical instruments. It is the style of music often associated with Americana. The community we serve represents a broad spectrum of the metropolitan Portland/Vancouver population.

Our goal is to create an environment for learning and enjoying folk music by making it accessible to everyone. ACM teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Our goals include expanding our music and education programs for school-aged children, seniors and other under-served communities. In order to preserve and celebrate the folk music tradition, we also must support new aspiring musicians and introduce the community to professional musicians who make their living through music. In this way, we also support musicians who struggle to keep this art alive.

ACM is built on the excellent reputation of Artichoke Music, a for-profit venture that began in Portland 40 years ago. In September 2006, Artichoke Music made the transition to a non-profit center called Artichoke Community Music (ACM), with the objective of providing a wider variety of opportunities, venues, programs and outreach to the metropolitan area community. ACM is now a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.

ACM is a venue, a school and a community. We provide: a space for teachers and assistance connecting them to students; a venue for musicians that helps them build their listening audience; a wide range of concerts and events that are not otherwise available to the community; an opportunity for people to be introduced to all genres of folk and world music; and opportunities for self-expression through music and art by bringing people together to sing and play music and build community.

We have an active outreach program that takes our musicians and teachers out into the community to underserved populations. These are music programs serving elders, children in the schools , mental health facilities , homeless youth and medically fragile children.

Become a Part of the Heart!

Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, your contributions are tax deductible. Donations at any level help to support our work, and they are greatly appreciated! Click Here for more information about how you can help.

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