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Get Your Rodeo On

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012

Get ready to spend the weekend in Sisters, Oregon for a real western adventure!  At our September 27th Portland Stories of Change fundraiser, we’ll auction off the opportunity for twenty lucky couples to spend two nights, Friday and Saturday, June 7-9, 2013 at the Caldera Arts Center enjoying nature at it’s best with hosts Priscilla and Dan Wieden.

Upon arrival at Caldera on Blue Lake, guests will settle into their rooms, followed by a welcome party with local wines and appetizers served in the Hearth Center’s Great Hall. Guests will be then be shuttled to a nearby restaurant for dinner.  The day wraps up with s’mores around the campfire at Caldera under the stars before bed.

Saturday morning, following breakfast, guests will be shuttled a short distance to Sisters, Oregon to enjoy the Sisters Rodeo Parade and take in shopping before the rodeo. Guests will then be taken to the rodeo for an afternoon of bucking horses, bull riding, barrel racing, and real cowboys and cowgirls! It’s an afternoon like no other as you will have premium seats to witness all the action. Following the rodeo, you will be transported to the Davis Miracle Farm in Tumalo. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers on the patio overlooking the mountains, play bocci ball and tour the art collection in the main house. Guests will then be escorted to dinner in the Miracle Barn for a down home country barbecue, fine local wines, and country music. Throughout the evening, you will be able to enjoy learning some new moves on the dance floor with line dance lessons being given throughout the evening. With the sun setting, if the moon is visible, guests can stroll over to the observatory to focus in on the moon and maybe some planets. Everyone will be then be shuttled back to Caldera for a well deserved sleep!

Sunday morning after continental breakfast, guests are welcome to tour the Caldera Arts Center and learn more about our amazing arts and environmental educational immersion for youth.

The value of this weekend? Priceless!!

Arist in Residence Program Hard at Work

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012

Each year Caldera’s Artist in Residence (AiR) program collaborates with top national and international artists. And while the residency itself takes place during the winter months (including the Open Studios in January, February, and March), Summer means our AiR team is busy finding the best and brightest to take part. Currently, 15 panelists are at work reviewing almost 100 applications submitted for our upcoming residency positions. In mid-September, panelists will meet and make their final selections. Shortly thereafter, AiR will announce the 15 artists who will participate as 2013 Caldera residents.

This year AiR is doing more than just finding the right applicants. AiR has recently launched outreach projects to alumni. This outreach will create a program that not only can better promote the amazing work of its alumni but also give those alumni opportunities to work more closely with Caldera youth. Part of this outreach includes the circulation of the first-ever Caldera AiR Alumni Newsletter that features opportunities to get involved with Caldera and keeps them up to date on Caldera and one another’s activities. AiR has also created a new page on the Caldera website called Alumni Connect where alumni events, awards, exhibits, performances, etc. will be posted and linked to social media. Another piece to the program is the development of an email list-serv for alumni to network with one another.  If you are a Caldera residency alum and have not connected, please email our AiR Manager, Elizabeth Quinn.

Caldera looks forward to years of sharing and working together with its alumni.

Caldera Named One of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

Oregon Business named Caldera as one of the top 100 best nonprofits to work for in Oregon this year. We are honored to be part of this group of amazing organizations and grateful to all of our employees, board members, and supporters who make this an exceptional place to work.


Read more about Oregon Business and the 100 Best here.


Caldera’s New Student Innovation Team

Posted on: August 10th, 2012


Student Perspective: Innovator Portrait Project


The Innovator Team is a group of 16 of our oldest and longest participating students in the Caldera program. Each Innovator is seen as a leader in the Caldera community, whether he or she is a quiet leader or a loud leader.


The Innovation Team is responsible for helping to plan monthly events during the school year, helping other students stay connected to the program, contributing to the Caldera Student Blog and participating in special projects.


The first project we were assigned was the Perspective Project. During one of our first Innovation Team meetings, Teafly, our mentor, asked us to create a photographic portrait of how we would like to be seen or how we see ourselves. We started by writing “I Am” statements, poetry, and sketched images of what we felt our photos should look like.  After we all thought about a few different ways to be seen, we were given one last challenge.


Teafly asked the Portland Innovators to line-up in one line facing the Central Oregon Innovators who were in a matching line. Teafly then let us know that we were to partner with the person facing us. We were asked, as a team, to create a portrait that represented both of us.


For our individual photographs, many Innovators wanted to be seen connecting with the river, the forest, or on the swings. For our partner photos, we went far and wide, from the sun to the earth.


Taking the photographs was not the hard part, but rather the challenge was coming up with an idea that both partners agreed on, even if the idea was “We are different”.


We want people to see the challenge we as a team have overcome and how we connect together.


– Written by: Gum (Anna), Terrebonne, 16


Continue to read about our Innovation Team via their blog at calderastudentblog.tumblr.com