New Expressive Works is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.



We are excited and humbled to report that 2018 has truly been a milestone year for New Expressive Works.

claire barrera, N.E.W. Residency Choreographer, performs “subsistence” in June 2018. Photo Credit: Intisar Abioto

In 2018, N.E.W.:-

* provided an affordable, intimate, and versatile venue for the premier of 35 new works and for over 250 performing artists to make, teach and incubate.

* expanded partnerships with local organizations to deepen our equity initiatives. N.E.W.’s collaborators are growing and now include METRO, Multnomah County Library system, Portland Art Museum, Morpheus Youth Project, Y.G.B. (Young, Gifted and Brown), and APANO.

* received a generous Community Livability Grant from Prosper Portland and made significant capital improvements to serve our communities.

* was recognized by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, with a “Using the Power of Space and Place” Award for providing critical affordable space for performing artists.

* successfully launched a “South Asian American Arts Festival” that celebrates local and national South Asian artists, activists, and leaders.

Capoiera Batizado in Studio 2. Photo Credit: Julio Mendoza

All this work is centrally located in two studios in Portland’s Central East Industrial Neighbood:-

Studio 1 – a 750-square-foot accessible dance studio.
Studio 2 – a 2,240-square-foot, accessible, 75-seat, fully equipped studio-theater.

At the core, all N.E.W. programs are deeply committed to honoring and supporting the diverse needs of performing artists, who are forging paths to keep making bold new work through a variety of artistic processes. N.E.W. is currently the ONLY centrally located venue in Portland fulfilling this critically needed function.

“Nine Nights” by Natya Leela Dancers. Performed September 2017. Photo Credit: Intisar Abioto

We hope you will consider donating today and supporting our 2019 initiatives:-

  1. Launch new year-round projects:-
    • A Performance Season – a 4 performance year-round series that highlights the central core programming of N.E.W and showcasing residency artists and regional & national multi-cultural professional performing artists.
    • “Our Cultural Voices” Series – ALL-AGE friendly community conversations and events to build friendships across cultures. This series is presented in collaboration with Youth Advocates for Immigrants and Refugees, Morpheus Youth Project, and DJ Anjali.
  1. Build stability and sustainability to ensure the longevity of the only centrally located multi-artist focused venue in Portland.


Please make checks payable to “New Expressive Works.”

Mailing address:-
Subashini Ganesan
Founder/Executive Director
New Expressive Works
3737 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

To donate online:-

If you have any questions about our programming please contact Subashini Ganesan at

New Expressive Works is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.