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About Caldera

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Caldera started as a summer camp in the mountains. The idea was to bring kids with limited opportunities, both from the city and from the country, together to make art.
Turns out it was a pretty good idea. Kids who said they couldn’t draw found out they were artists. Students who were at risk of dropping out of school kept with it, graduated from high school, won college scholarships and came back to work at Caldera.
The artists who worked with the kids found the experience made them better artists, so we invited them back during the winter to work on their own projects.
And because art isn’t just for summertime, we started working with students every week, expanding our activities into their schools and communities in Portland and Central Oregon.
Today, we work year-round with students and we invite artists from all over the world for month long residencies at our arts center near Sisters.
Caldera’s mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs.
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Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

“I’m so happy Caldera found me. It’s made me excited for my future, to start…”

Zipper, camper
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“I'm most proud of not getting in trouble anymore and of having people respect me.”

Dakota (Camp name: Spiderman)
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