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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!


2016 Arts Integration Symposium

Posted on: March 1st, 2016


Fallen Fruit of Portland Urban Fruit Trail

Posted on: October 14th, 2015


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Caldera presents Fallen Fruit of Portland

Posted on: October 13th, 2015

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Project Overview

Caldera is excited to announce Fallen Fruit of Portland, a suite of collaborative art projects throughout Portland this fall. Made possible through a $75,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Initiative Project and anchored by Paradise at the Portland Art Museum, Fallen Fruit of Portland will engage Caldera youth, their families, and the greater community in free public installations focused around the apple as a theme.

Fallen Fruit of Portland is produced in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young). Fallen Fruit creates art installations in cities around the world, featuring a fruit specific to each project place–for Portland, that fruit is the apple. Using the apple as metaphor, Fallen Fruit of Portland will explore concepts of place and history in the context of complexities unique to Portland.

Caldera was one of 13 recipients in the inaugural round of the innovative Creative Heights Initiative. Funded by the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Creative Heights Initiative was developed to support arts and culture organizations in testing new ideas and stretching their creative capacity.

A Day in Paradise

Saturday, October 24, 2015 
Join us for a day of free public events with Caldera youth, Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young),  Oregon artists, and the Portland Art Museum. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
(through Sunday, January 17, 2016)
(Opening date: Saturday, October 24 is also a Miller Family Free Day)
Location: Portland Art Museum
This exhibit, on display in the Portland Art Museum’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Sculpture Court beginning late October and running through January, includes a backdrop of lavish, custom-designed, apple-themed wallpaper and selected works of art and historical objects from the Museum’s collections. Paradise will explore the symbolic meaning of the apple and Fallen Fruit of Portland’s core themes: Western expansion and immigration, definitions of morality, and localized histories and complexities of the city of Portland. For more information click here.
Partner: Portland Art Museum

Fruit Magazine
Saturday, October 24, 2015 from Noon–5 p.m.

Location: Portland Art Museum
To coincide with the opening of Paradise at the Portland Art Museum, in one day, an invited team of artists, cultural leaders, Caldera youth, and the general public will use fruit and its metaphors to create a limited edition contemporary culture magazine. “Fruit Magazine”‘s Portland-specific content will feature native languages and visual vocabularies that reflect Portland’s diversity. “Fruit Magazine” will be published in a limited edition of 100 copies; plus artists’ proofs to match the number of contributors. The printed magazine will be distributed to the public and a downloadable version will be posted accessible at www.CalderaArts.org/FallenFruitPDX and www.fallenfruit.org.
Partner: Portland Art Museum

The Culture of We
Saturday, October 24 from 12 p.m.–5 p.m. (through November 13, 2015 with First Thursday Public Reception on November 5 from 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.)

Location: Wieden+Kennedy Gallery (224 NW 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97209)
“The Culture of We” showcases the power of creativity through the voices of Caldera students. Caldera mentors and youth will meet with Fallen Fruit at the Portland Art Museum, as they install Paradise, and learn how they curate their exhibitions. Students will then take that learning back to the Wieden+Kennedy Gallery, where they will curate their own student companion exhibition, “The Culture of We”. Fallen Fruit will develop another custom-designed, apple-themed wallpaper upon which Caldera student work will be displayed. Hung salon-style, artwork will create a dialogue of how the individual contributes to community while reflecting unique youth perspectives, reactions, and inspirations. This exhibition highlights Caldera’s focus on the integration of art and nature and the powerful work Caldera does with special guest artists like Fallen Fruit.

A Day In Paradise Artist Projects
Saturday, October 24, 2015 from Noon–10 p.m. (Various times for each project)

Locations: Throughout Portland
Fallen Fruit of Portland will curate eight Oregon-based artists’ projects for A Day in Paradise Artist Projects. Each of these projects speak to Fallen Fruit of Portland’s themes in work that varies in media and materials.
Artists include: Natalie Ball, Chiloquin; Bruce Conkle, Portland; Bill Cravis, Bend; Tahni Holt, Portland; Horatio Law, Portland; Aaron Lish, Bend; Jess Perlitz, Portland; and DeAngelo Raines, Portland. See artist bios and details of installations here.
Partners: Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland City Parks, Portland Art Museum

The Division of Identification
All day beginning on October 24, 2015 (through January 17, 2016)

Location: Throughout Park Blocks during Paradise exhibit at Portland Art Museum
Selected from the 1947-1953 city archive of police-record arrest record mug-shots, this public space exhibit will unmask the humanity and culture camouflaged by social stereotypes and ill-repute of “the other.” The exhibit will explore western cultural themes of “the apple,” “the Garden of Eden,” and narratives of morality and identity. The photographs will be organized into various sized portraits and installed throughout the Park Blocks. On “A Day in Paradise” (Opening Day, October 24) Caldera students will interview the public and each other about reactions to the portraits for broadcast on KBOO.
Partners: Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland City Parks, Portland Art Museum

Urban Fruit Trails

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Locations: throughout Portland: specific sites TBD
Caldera and Fallen Fruit are producing an installation and public planting of approximately 200 fruit trees in community gardens, private homes, churches and businesses that allow public access to fruit. Caldera youth, their families, and Caldera’s Arts Partner middle schools, along with the greater community of Portland will celebrate family stories and histories, local facts and historic lore along the trails through signs at tree sites and with an interactive online Urban Fruit Trails map. Trees will be geo-tagged for anyone to digitally view art, read stories, and look at videos inspired by the apple trees.
Partners: Portland Fruit Tree Project, Friends of Trees, Know Your City, Oregon Food Bank, Portland Art Museum, Root Pouch, Concordia University, Open School North and others to be announced.

About Fallen Fruit

Originally conceived in 2004 by David Allen Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young (and continued since 2013 by Burns and Young), Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world. Fallen Fruit’s visual work includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, wallpapers, everyday objects and video works that explore the social and political implications of our relationship to fruit and world around us. Recent curatorial projects re-index the social and historical complexities of museums and archives by re-installing permanent collections through syntactical relationships of fruit as subject. Fallen Fruit is part of Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program, 2013 Creative Capital Grantee, Emerging Fields 2013, and Muriel Pollia Foundation Awardee. More information at www.fallenfruit.org.

About Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative

Through a four-year initiative (2014-2017), the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative provides grants to help arts and culture organizations take strategic risks in the creation and dissemination of their work in Oregon, provide unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture, and to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality. For more information go to: http://www.oregoncf.org/grants-scholarships/grants/ocf-funds/creative-heights.

About Portland Art Museum

The seventh oldest museum in the United States, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections. The Museum’s collection of more than 45,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. The Portland Art Museum welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to making its programs and collections accessible to everyone. The Museum offers a variety of programs and services to ensure a quality experience and a safe, inclusive environment for every member of our diverse community. Learn more at www.portlandartmuseum.org/access.


David Allen Burns is a life-long Californian and native of Los Angeles. He earned an MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. David is a co-founder of Fallen Fruit. Prior to his work with Fallen Fruit, David was core faculty in two programs at CalArts from 1994 to 2008. David’s curatorial practice investigates narrative structures in contemporary art with notable exhibitions for the journal Leonardo at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.; the Armory Center for the Arts; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Currently, David is on the faculty of the Social Practice graduate program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Concurrent to the development of his career in contemporary art and academics, David has built expertise in corporate branding strategy, advertising and television as a technical consultant for projects with Mercedes Benz, Discovery Channel, SEGA Gameworks and others. David’s work activates the nuances of social spaces, public archives and cultural indexes as an authentic negotiation of concepts that reframe real-time and the real-world.

Austin Young grew up in Reno, Nevada. He is a co-founder of Fallen Fruit. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles and studied painting at Parsons in Paris, France. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional painting and taught himself portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his works illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique. Based on a visual language of iconography, his trademark style and techniques have captured musicians, artists and celebrities including Debbie Harry, Leigh Bowery and Margaret Cho. In several series, Austin captures portraits of drag and transgendered subjects, confusing personality and identity issues in confrontational and unapologetic images of people who do not cross gender but instead split gender and socially-constructed identity. Recently, Austin’s portraiture practice has become a reality TV subject, with Austin featured as a reoccurring character on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Austin directed and produced a feature length documentary, Hadda Brooks, This is My Life, about torch singer Hadda Brooks, and has completed production on his second feature film, a crowd-sourced musical titled TBD, a musical play and video by EVERYONE who comes.

Elizabeth Quinn is the Creative Director for Caldera. Previous to her work at Caldera, she was the Founding Editor of High Desert Journal, a publication that strives for a deeper understanding of the interior West through arts and literature. She also helped found Playa, a residency program in Summer Lake, Oregon, and was the Director of The Dalles Art Association. Having worked across Oregon, Elizabeth has developed in-depth knowledge of arts communities throughout the state and an understanding of the unique needs of artists from diverse backgrounds.

First Thursday Student Art Exhibition

Posted on: October 13th, 2015

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A Day In Paradise – Fallen Fruit of Portland

Posted on: October 9th, 2015


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Caldera Receives Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Initiative Grant

Posted on: September 16th, 2014
Caldera is excited to announce that we have received a $75,000 grant through the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative! This new initiative is designed to support arts organization to take risks they might not otherwise be able to take. For Caldera, that means focusing our first major Artists in Residence Project on the communities we serve through our Youth Program. We began by imagining how the AiR Program could focus on social issues surrounding underserved populations. In developing the project, we learned that it can not only integrate our two programs, but can also serve as the impetus to bring together all members of our community (e.g., artists, staff, youth mentors, board, donors, families & teachers of our youth, community members & neighborhood leaders). 
We’re excited about the community engagement aspects of the project, and are eager to work with and learn from the project’s curators,  Fallen Fruit.  The 9-month project consists of a series of art-based community collaborations led by Caldera and Fallen Fruit, which will use the apple – its meaning, vitality, and history – to examine issues of equity, cultural heritage, food systems, generational knowledge, and the environment throughout Portland.   
There’s already been great press about the grant in the Oregonian and Portland Monthly, and we’re looking forward to continuing our public outreach for the project.  
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Caldera Receives Grants from The Oregon Community Foundation

Posted on: July 17th, 2014

Caldera is excited to announce that we are the recipient of a $70,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for the Studio to School program. These competitive grants were awarded to just 18 non-profit programs across the state.  Studio to School supports the expansion of our year-round arts-based mentoring and photographic storytelling programs at Peninsula K-8 for the next three years. 

During the upcoming school year, Caldera will extend its programming to serve 3rd– to 8th– graders at Peninsula, creating a cohort that will untimely participate in Caldera for 10 years, from 3rd– to 12th-grade (instead of our typical 7 year cohorts). This is an exciting moment for Caldera, and we look forward to using this project as a model for other partner schools across the state.

Late last year, Caldera was also awarded $15,000 ($10,000 from the Fred W. Fields Fund and $5,000 from the Anonymous Fund) to support our Teacher Training Program from OCF. The Teacher Training Program serves teachers and students in Caldera’s ten partner schools, integrating art into the classroom, working with artists, and increasing the effectiveness of working with underserved youth.

“We are a foundation that values education – and the arts are a critical component of a complete education. We need solutions for making quality arts education opportunities available for all Oregon’s youth and we believe that our Studio to School partners are part of those solutions,” said OCF President and CEO Max Williams.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. OCF makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. For more information, visit www.oregoncf.org.


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