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March Open Studios

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018

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Caldera’s Artists in Residence — Open Studios March 2018

 

Saturday, March 24

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee and snacks will be served. Program begins at 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

 

Join Caldera for an afternoon of art and conversation with our January 2018 Artists in Residence. Experience the power of creativity in the warmth of our Arts Center while dynamic and diverse artists, as well as our students, share their work.

 

Featuring:

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 María Medina, Literary Arts (Seattle, WA)

Heather Sparks, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Please see our 2018 Roster for information about the artists.

 

Caldera Arts Center

31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97759

To reach our Arts Center, take Hwy. 20 to the Suttle Lake turnoff (16 miles west of Sisters). Follow the road two miles to the Caldera gate and continue through to the Hearth Building.

Public Writing Workshop with AiR Leora Fridman

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

Devotional Writing with Leora Fridman

Saturday, March 17, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.

Sisters Library, 110 N. Cedar St.

In a time of competing crises and political chaos, it can be hard to know where to focus our attentions, how to steer our ship in a way that feels directed and clear. Our minds are so often fragmented, distracted, full of anxiety. In this evening with writer, artist, and educator Leora Fridman, we’ll talk about Devotion — a word that has fallen out of fashion but that has a lot to teach us in this time. We’ll look specifically at devotion in writing, turning to examples of contemporary experimental writers including Laynie Browne and Rachel Zucker for writing exercises that give us examples of what it means to devote ourselves, and through writing, develop practices that help us devote ourselves more broadly, as opposed to tuning out and detaching.

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

 

Leora Fridman is a writer and educator, author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapbooks, and is currently at work on an essay collection. A 2017 Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Books, her poems, prose and translations appear or are forthcoming in the Rumpus, Tricycle Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Open Space, Denver Quarterly, jubilat and jacket2. Leora holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and from Brown University, and has taught in universities, homes and community organizations across the country.

You can also hear from Leora and the other March AiR at our public Open Studios event on March 17. Click here for more info. 

February Open Studios

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

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Caldera’s Artists in Residence — Open Studios February 2018

 

Saturday, February 24

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee and snacks will be served. Program begins at 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

 

Join Caldera for an afternoon of art and conversation with our January 2018 Artists in Residence. Experience the power of creativity in the warmth of our Arts Center while dynamic and diverse artists, as well as our students, share their work.

 

Featuring:

Eroyn Franklin, Literary Arts (Seattle, WA)

Michelle Fujii, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)

Tessa Hulls, Visual Arts (Port Townsend, WA)

Bill Cravis, Visual Arts (Bend, OR)

Ryan Sullivan, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Nina Vichayapai, Visual Arts (San Bruno, CA)

Jessica Yen, Literary Arts (Portland, OR)

 

Please see our 2018 Roster for information about the artists.

We hope you will also join us for the final 2018 Open Studios on Saturday, March 24.

 

Caldera Arts Center

31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97759

To reach our Arts Center, take Hwy. 20 to the Suttle Lake turnoff (16 miles west of Sisters). Follow the road two miles to the Caldera gate and continue through to the Hearth Building.

Public Writing Workshop with Eroyn Franklin

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

Healthcare Comics: Educate, heal and connect through comics with Eroyn Franklin

Saturday, February 17, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.

East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd.

In this workshop, you will make your own one-page comic that highlights a medical experience that affected you as a patient, caregiver, or medical professional. This workshop will help you tell your story, which can be a path towards personal healing, helping others understand a condition, or showing a new perspective on a healthcare experience. This class is accessible to all skill levels since we will use simple shapes to create drawings and tell stories in our own voices. The first two hours will be workshop, and the last hour will be optional studio time for participants to continue working on their projects with support from Eroyn.

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

 

Eroyn Franklin has been making comics for the last decade and has written many short works and two graphic novels, Detained and Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory. She sees stories and images, not as two separate parts, but elements that are intrinsically tied and act as one language. She learned this language from her sister, Tory Franklin, who is also a visual storyteller and a vital influence. They grew up blending their personal and creative worlds–so homes became art venues, friendships turned into collectives, and arts organizing led Eroyn to co-found Short Run Seattle, an arts nonprofit. That fundamental belief in intertwining community and art drove her to seek collaborations with her partner, sister, and many friends. Whether making things alone or in tandem, she moves fluidly between mediums and sizes ranging from miniature books to public art.

You can also hear from Eroyn and the other February AiR at our public Open Studios event on February 24. Click here for more info. 

January Open Studios

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

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Public Writing Workshop with Leland Cheuk

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

Defying Expectations: Bringing the Funny to Fiction with Leland Cheuk.

Saturday, January 20, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St.

Now more than ever, readers need a laugh. At its core, comedy is an art of defying expectations, and all writers, whether you’re interested in writing comedy or not, benefit from defying expectations. This course will deconstruct funny scenes and passages in recent fiction and use these examples as guides to help you bring the funny to your work and defy the expectations of your readers. 

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

 

Leland Cheuk, a MacDowell Colony fellow, authored The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (CCLaP, 2015), a novel, and Letters from Dinosaurs (Thought Catalog, 2016), stories. His work has been covered in VICE, The Millions, and The Rumpus, and appears or is forthcoming in Salon, Catapult, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Leland teaching fiction workshops at  the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute and the New York Writers Coalition. He lives in Brooklyn.

You can also hear from Leland and the other January AiR at our public Open Studios event on January 27. Click here for more info. 

Now Hiring: Part-Time Arts Center Maintenance Associate

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

Arts Center Maintenance Associate (Central Oregon)

The Arts Center Maintenance Associate will complete regular facility maintenance and repair; work with Caldera staff to plan for and track/document for building and landscape needs and processes; work with the Arts Center Programs Manager and other leaders to identify, potentially plan and manage larger facilities-and landscape-related projects (major repairs, remodels, new construction, etc.); and attend/participate in monthly staff meetings and occasional organizational events and meetings. This role is part-time and not to exceed ~30 hours/week. Position open until Friday, August 18, 2017 at 5 p.m. Click here to view full job description and instructions on how to apply.

 

 

Arts Integration Symposium Inspires Creativity

Posted on: June 28th, 2017

DSC_0017On May 21 & 22, middle- and high-school teachers from around the state (and many from Caldera Arts Partner middle schools) joined top-rate arts and environmental instructors and arts integration specialists for our annual Arts Integration Symposium. “I have been to several arts integration trainings,” commented one participant on the Symposium, “This was the best one I have been to because you didn’t tell us what the definition of arts integration. Instead, we lived arts integration over the weekend.”

 

The focus of the Symposium was on how instructors can create thriving classrooms full of student expression, analytical thinking, and diverse conversations. The group also explored how lessons can meet students’ unique needs and boost academic achievement. One teacher said, “Being taken care of in the learning process reminds me that I can better take care of my students as they move in their learning.”

 

In addition to full group activities, teachers chose two workshops to immerse in over the course of the weekend. Workshop options included: Arts and the Environment by instructors from OMSI and Pacific Northwest College of Art, Drumming the Land by Catón Lyles, Photography and Seeing Like an Animal by Julie Keefe, and The Transformative Power of Poetry by Mic Crenshaw.

 

The goals for the Symposium were for attendees to leave feeling inspired by the arts, learn new ways to use the arts and the environment in their classrooms, meet other instructors from around the state, and celebrate the unique skills that each teacher brings to their students. Caldera provides this unique training free of charge through support from the Roundhouse Foundation. See photos of this year’s Arts Integration Symposium on our Facebook page here

 

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Caldera Receives 11th National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Posted on: June 19th, 2017

Caldera is proud to announce a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support our ongoing Geography of We project, a multi-year transmedia initiative that links Caldera’s arts and environmental programming. This grant supports the fifth phase of this project that will be launched during our summer camp sessions beginning mid-July. Focused on storytelling techniques that range from traditional forms to digital media, professional artists in film, animation, photography, writing, music, painting, sculpture, and design will give students the opportunity to explore their identity through the central theme of air. This is the eleventh time Caldera has received NEA funding (2002, 2005–2008, 2010, 2013–2017).

 

As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts’ second round of funding for FY 2017 included partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies. The NEA awarded 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million. “The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”

 

Congratulations to our Oregon arts partners who share 19 grants totaling $1,133,600 and to the other grantees around the nation. For a complete listing of all projects recommended for grant support, click here.

 

About the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.

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In Response To May 26, 2017 Incident on MAX Light Rail

Posted on: June 3rd, 2017

 

We are all feeling a range of emotions after the brutal, hateful crimes that occurred on May 26, 2017 on the MAX Light Rail. Caldera is deeply concerned and saddened that young people were terrorized and that two people died seeking to defend them. We are also inspired and grateful that one of our own community members intervened to uphold justice and respect and, while seriously injured, survived. Caldera stands with and by all of the victims, their families, and the community. This incident is calling us all to hold space, reflect, respond and mobilize in a variety of ways.

 

With his permission, we share this video from Rocker. 

 

On behalf of Caldera, our Executive Director and Board Chair have signed on as supporters to this community statement from APANO. 

 

Here are links to donation pages for the victims:
Girls Who Survived Portland’s MAX Attack YouCaring Page 
Muslims Unite for Portland Heroes LaunchGood Page 
TriMet Hero Recovery GoFundMe Page for Rocker
TriMet Heroes GoFundMe Page