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Caldera Announces 2018 Artists in Residence

Posted on: November 17th, 2017

Caldera is honored to announce the 21 dynamic and diverse artists from around the country who will be participating in our 16th group of Artists in Residence (AiR). These artists will each be spending a month this winter (January, February, and March) creating, living, collaborating, performing, and teaching at our Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. 


Residencies are awarded based on a competitive application process that is open to artists from all disciplines. For many artists, residencies are a vital part of the artistic process, giving them time and space to focus, untethered by daily distractions, in a community of artists who can enhance reflection and energize new work in unexpected ways, while surrounded by a landscape different than their home environment. In 2018, residents will create new works in Japanese drumming, sculpture, dance, graphic non-fiction, fiber arts, jazz, poetry, film, and many other genres.


In addition to their personal artistic practice, Artists in Residence are integrated into Caldera’s year-round Youth Program by teaching workshops to high school students in Central Oregon. AiR will also teach free public writing workshops through a partnership with Deschutes Public Library. Workshops for the public will include comics, devotional writing, and using humor in fiction. Details and registration information will be available soon on Caldera’s website.


Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Manager, says, “This group of artists brings a diversity of perspectives, experiences and artistic practices to Central Oregon. One of our values at Caldera is lifelong learning, and we are happy to partner with other organizations to connect these creative individuals with the public through workshops and our Open Studios events. If you’ve never been to our Arts Center, Open Studios are a great opportunity to visit and engage with artists making vital, contemporary work.”


Doors to the Arts Center (31500 Blue Lake Dr., Sisters) open to the public for Caldera’s Artists in Residence Open Studios on January 27, February 24, and March 24 from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. AiR, as well as Caldera students, share their work with the public through presentations and performances. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.


Caldera’s AiR Program is also one of the few in the nation that supports parent artists by allowing children and an additional caretaker to accompany an Artist in Residence during their stay. Caldera Programs Director Elizabeth Quinn notes that, “This year, there will be a record number of parent artists. As a nonprofit committed to the development of young people, the support of parent artists is a natural and powerful extension of our work.” Quinn also notes that, “It’s critical that our programs are as accessible as possible to all artists and supportive of their families. We can’t wait to welcome six families in 2018!”


2018 Caldera Artists in Residence

Click here for more information on all our 2018 AiR. 



Leland Cheuk, Literary Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Masayoshi Ishikawa, Performing Arts (Saint Peter, MN)

Palmarin Merges, Visual Arts (Beaverton, OR)

Marina Peng, Visual Arts (St. Louis, MO)

Carolina Pfister, Media Arts (Portland, OR)

Blanca Villalobos, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)

Tali Weinberg, Visual Arts (Tulsa, OK)



Eroyn Franklin, Literary Arts (Seattle, WA)

Michelle Fujii, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)

Tessa Hulls, Visual Arts (Port Townsend, WA)

Sawool Kim, Visual Arts (Boston, MA)

Ryan Sullivan, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Nina Vichayapai, Visual Arts (San Bruno, CA)

Jessica Yen, Literary Arts (Portland, OR)



Amna Ahmad, Literary Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Nika Blasser, Visual Arts (Pendleton, OR)

Tamar Ettun, Performing Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Leora Fridman, Literary Arts (Berkeley, CA)

Jason Graham, Visual/Performing Arts (Bend, OR)

Sarah Maria Medina, Literary Arts (Seattle, WA)

Heather Sparks, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)


Caldera Partners with Cross-Cultural Arts Initiative, OneBeat, to bring 25 Young International Musicians to Central Oregon

Posted on: September 12th, 2017

Main_poster1Caldera welcomes cultural ambassadors OneBeat to Central Oregon this fall. OneBeat is a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. The OneBeat fellows this year are 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries who are coming together to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies.  


OneBeat kicks off their month-long US tour with an in-depth two and a half week residency at Caldera Arts Center. Caldera’s artist residencies allow musicians and other artists time and space away from their usual environment and obligations to reflect, research, test, and create while living and immersing themselves in our land and facilities on Blue Lake near Sisters, Oregon. OneBeat fellows will be creating musical events for specific spaces, sites, and communities that go beyond the typical concert tour. Its work will embody the spirit of creative collaboration and of music as social practice.


During their residency at Caldera, OneBeat will perform for the local community on Saturday, September 30 at The Belfry in Sisters ($10 adults, $5 students), and on Friday, October 6 at The Suttle Lodge in Sisters (free admission). Both performances will be begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.


Additionally, youth Caldera serves through its year-round program will have an opportunity to collaborate with OneBeat during the residency. They will share their combined musical creativity at Caldera’s annual Stories of Change fundraiser on Saturday, October 7 at the Caldera Arts Center. Seating is limited and tickets are available by contacting Michelle Meyer, Development Director, at Michelle.Meyer@CalderaArts.org or 503.937.3065.


“It’s a unique experience for Caldera youth to partner with these talented musicians from all over the globe. In addition to the creative and musical collaboration, we hope that the students and the community come away with a greater understanding of how music can help us engage civically and build healthy communities, prosperous societies, and a more peaceful world,” said Caldera Executive Director Brian Detman.


This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku Phiri; Aisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belorussian producer and singer Natalia Kuznetskaya.


OneBeat previously visited Caldera in 2015 for a three-day residency where their fellows presented workshops and performances in the community of Warm Springs, as well as at Pilot Butte Middle School and Sisters Middle School. They also did a community performance in Sisters that was co-presented by Caldera and the Sisters Folk Festival. “It’s an honor to host and work with OneBeat again. We hope to continue this fantastic partnership for years to come,” said Detman. 


OneBeat uses person-to-person interaction, improvisation, and collaboration to encourage and refresh international ties between Americans, American artists, and creative minds from all over the world. It’s a grassroots way to build a different kind of diplomatic dialogue that deepens trust, builds networks, and creates opportunities that promote entrepreneurship and creative leaders.


“There is so much talk fueled by fear and anger these days, delivered incessantly through our phones, laptops, televisions. It’s imperative to counter these narratives, and to me that means interacting with people face to face, trying our best to connect in deeply honest, sometimes challenging ways,” says Found Sound Nation’s Elena Moon Park. “The process of collaboratively creating original music and art does this — it necessitates dialogue and compromise, listening and sharing, vulnerability and humility.”


After Central Oregon, OneBeat will continue their tour with stops in Idaho (in partnership with Treefort Music Festival and the City of Boise), Wyoming (in partnership with Jackson’s KHOL radio), and Colorado, concluding in a series of special events coordinated with Ft. Collins’ bustling local scene.  


About OneBeat

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. Since its inaugural year in 2012, OneBeat has invited 140 musicians from 41 countries and territories to the U.S., visited 26 U.S. communities in 14 states, produced 75 free and low-cost public performances for more than 25,000 people in the United States, and collaborated with over 5,500 students, teachers, and leaders in U.S. schools and community organizations. More information can be found here: http://1beat.org.


OneBeat 2017 Event Schedule

CENTRAL OREGON: Presented in partnership with Caldera

Saturday, September 30: The Belfry (Sisters, OR)

Friday, October 6: The Suttle Lodge (Sisters, OR)

Saturday, October 7: Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), Stories of Change Fundraiser. (Tickets must be purchased prior to event.)


BOISE, ID: Presented in partnership with Treefort and City of Boise

Tuesday, October 10: Linen Building

Wednesday, October 11: The Olympic


JACKSON, WY: Presented in partnership with KHOL radio

Friday, October 13: Center for the Arts


FORT COLLINS, CO: Presented in partnership with The Music District

Thursday, October 19: The Lincoln Center

Friday, October 20: Colorado State University

Friday, October 20: Live film score at The Lyric

Friday, October 20: The Artery

Saturday, October 21: The Armory

Saturday, October 21: The Lyric Afterparty

Plus a week of film screenings at The Lyric and interactive public events throughout downtown Fort Collins Thursday–Saturday.


2018 Artists in Residence Call for Applications

Posted on: May 31st, 2017
 Deadline to apply to be a 2018 Artist in Residence is June 16, 2017!



How Can Caldera’s AiR Program Better Serve Artists of Color?

Posted on: May 24th, 2017

CalderaOpenStudio_Sp17-6303If you dropped into Caldera’s Studio B in late April, you might not have recognized it! White walls were covered in shimmering gold and handmade signs proclaimed the space the “Golden Spot Print Shop”. This transformation was led by Sharita Towne in collaboration with Luann Algoso, Demian DinéYazhi´, bart fitzgerald, and Patricia Vázquez Gómez, our 2017 Golden Spot Artists in Residence supported by The Ford Family Foundation.


As part of Caldera’s work to increase racial equity across all parts of our organization, we recognized that our Artists in Residence (AiR) Program needed to be more welcoming and accessible to artists of color. We worked with Sharita Towne to curate an intercultural group of artists to come together in residency to explore possibilities and wrestle with the question, “How can Caldera’s AiR Program better serve artists of color?”


In response, the group imagined a new type of residency experience at Caldera–one makes space for individual work, collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning across disciplines. Each artist utilized the print shop for their own needs, some utilizing this technique for the first time. They shared their skills with Caldera high school youth in a Saturday workshop (see photos on Facebook here), and also came together for discussions with Caldera staff to examine each part of the AiR program.


Thanks to additional funding from The Oregon Community Foundation, we will be able to continue our work with this group and add additional artists from other disciplines. Look for community engagement activities in Central Oregon and Portland over the next year and news on program updates. Do you have thoughts on how Caldera’s Artist in Residence program can better support artist of color? Write to us at AiR@CalderaArts.org!


March Open Studios

Posted on: December 16th, 2016

For more information on the Artists in Residence presenting at our March Open Studios, click here



Public Writing Workshop with AiR Michelle Peñaloza

Posted on: December 11th, 2016

Somatic Poetry with March AiR Michelle Peñaloza.

Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St.

Taking a cue from CA Conrad’s (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals (find them at here), participants will engage in somatic poetry “rituals” to be mindful of the present moment and “reveal the creative viability of everything” around them. It’s spring! We’ll traipse together, using the city as our inspiration, to explore our outer and inner landscapes. This class is for folks who want to shake up their practice, write new work, and have fun!

This workshop is free and open to the public. Register via www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar
Presented in partnership with Deschutes Public Library.


Michelle PenalozaMichelle Peñaloza was born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in the city of Seattle. She is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes. Her poetry and essays have been featured in Poetry Northwest, New England Review, Off Paper, Vinyl, The Collagist, and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, 4Culture, and Artist Trust, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others. Michelle has taught at George School, the University of Oregon, Seattle Central College, the University of Washington’s Robinson Center, Seattle University, and the Hugo House. She lives in Seattle and serves as operations administrator of the Seattle Human Services Coalition. 


You can also hear from Michelle and the other March AiR at our public Open Studios event on March 25. Click here for more info. 


February Open Studios

Posted on: December 11th, 2016

For more information on the Artists in Residence presenting at our February Open Studios, click here



Public Writing Workshop with AiR Lindsay Wong

Posted on: December 9th, 2016

Writing Your Memoir with February AiR Lindsay Wong.

Wednesday, February 22, Noon–3 p.m.

Sisters Public Library, 110 N Cedar St.

Memoir re-creates the most pivotal experiences of a person’s life.

A week prior to workshop, participants will submit the opening pages of a memoir in-progress or a short narrative essay (3-6 pages double spaced) for instructor and peer feedback. Through lively discussion of student manuscripts, short writing exercises, examples of published texts, and mini lectures, participants will be introduced to a variety of narrative techniques and approaches used in memoir writing, particularly those related to structure, form, point-of-view, theme; and the relationship between narrative and exposition.

In the last half hour of the class, we will discuss strategies for querying and finding a literary agent. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in their prose, in addition to learning more about the organizing principle of their memoir, the revision process, and what form best suits their narratives.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Register via www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar
Presented in partnership with Deschutes Public Library.

Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in No Tokens, The Fiddlehead, Ricepaper Magazine, and Apogee Journal. The recipient of many awards and fellowships, she has been writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her crazy Chinese family.



You can also hear from Lindsay and the other February AiR at our public Open Studios event on February 25. Click here for more info. 


Public Workshop with AiR Dean Spade

Posted on: December 8th, 2016

Art, Survival, & Transformative Social Change with February AiR Dean Spade

Sunday, February 12
1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
OSU-Cascades | Academic/Dining Building, Room 206
1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, OR  97702

How do images, songs, films, performances, novels, and other works of art transform our political reality? How have artists participated in social movements? What role does art practice, both by professional artists and by anyone and everyone, have in building a more just world? How does art transform our relationships to each other, ourselves, and the planet? How does art help us survive disasters, oppression, and dangerous political conditions?

Join attorney, activist, writer, and Caldera Artist in Residence Dean Spade for an interactive workshop about art and social change. Together we will look at some of the art that has fueled and been created by contemporary movements to dismantle racism, cultivate gender liberation, oppose police violence and mass imprisonment, abolish immigration enforcement, build indigenous sovereignty in North America and the Pacific, and fight for climate justice. We will discuss how art has impacted our own political development and what role art might have in how we survive a political moment that is bringing up fear and hopelessness but also mobilization and solidarity.

This event is free and open to the public. Required registration here.


Dean SpadeDean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex, and/or gender nonconforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. In 2015 he released Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!, an hour-long documentary that follows a local queer-community controversy and examines the concept of pinkwashing (watch free here).


January Open Studios

Posted on: December 7th, 2016


For more information on the Artists in Residence presenting at our January Open Studios, click here and please share the Facebook event with your friends and family.