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New Geography of We Workbook & Webpages Released

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016


We’re excited to announce the release of our third Geography of We workbook and webpages! 


Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geography of We tells the story of our youth’s journey through creative adventures focused on a year-long environmental theme. This year, during The Geography of We: The Sun–Our Solar Constant, youth focused on storytelling techniques that ranged from traditional forms to cutting-edge digital media. Professional artists in film, animation, photography, writing, music, painting, sculpture, and design guided students through the exploration of their creativity while focusing on a central theme of the sun.  


Click here to explore the newest layer of our Geography of We webpages. These pages showcase various projects and artwork created last year. We hope these pages will inspire you to create your own masterpieces with assistance from our newest Geography of We booklet. This booklet walks you through projects the youth participated in last year with writing prompts and ideas for making your own art. Click here for our Year 3 (July 2015 through June 2016): SUN–The Geography of We: The Sun–Our Solar Constant booklet. 


The Geography of We is Caldera’s ongoing multilayered, interdisciplinary project focused on deepening learning and offering variety over the seven-year period that Caldera works with youth in middle and high school. Each year, The Geography of We is focused on one of seven environmental themes.


You can view our past Geography of We workbooks here:


Portland Alumni Party

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016

**Cancelled due to the icy weather. Rescheduled for Friday, January 13.**

Have you been a part of Caldera in the past? Been a teaching artist, mentor, or camp staff? Are you a current Caldera senior student? Please join us for our Annual Alumni Party. We’d love to see you and this year, we’re celebrating in both Central Oregon and Portland! Meet old friends, make new ones, and share your memories of Caldera with us.  



Central Oregon Alumni Party

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016

**CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.** We will reschedule for after the holidays. Stay safe and warm!


Have you been a part of Caldera’s Youth Program in the past? Been a teaching artist, mentor, or camp staff? Are you a current Caldera senior student? Please join us for our Annual Alumni Party. We’d love to see you and this year, we’re celebrating in both Central Oregon and Portland! Meet old friends, make new ones, and share your memories of Caldera with us.  



Caldera Honored

Posted on: November 21st, 2016

Caldera’s 2017 Artists in Residence & Open Studios

Posted on: November 15th, 2016

Caldera celebrates its 20th year of programming by announcing three dynamic and diverse groups of Artists in Residence (AiR). Every winter Caldera is honored to welcome artists from around the world for month-long stays at its Arts Center on Blue Lake in Central Oregon. Residencies are awarded based on a competitive application process open to artists from all disciplines. Residencies are a crucial part of the artistic process for many artists, giving them time and space away from the distractions of daily life to focus on their craft. In 2017, residents will create new works in dance, sculpture, culinary arts, fiber arts, theatre, 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. Select AiR will teach workshops or host presentations to middle and high school students in Central Oregon, including a special week-long documentary film workshop in Warm Springs by Jamie Howell of Leavenworth, WA. Howell’s residency is made possible by a collaboration between Caldera, BendFilm and The Museum at Warm Springs.


This year, for the first time, Artists in Residence will provide free, public workshops in Sisters and Bend. Workshops will include memoir writing, arts for social activism, somatic poetry, and more. Details and registration information will be available mid-December. Maesie Speer, Caldera Facilities Program Manager, says, “We are excited to expand the opportunities for Central Oregonians to engage with our artists who come from all over the country to be inspired by the place we call home. These artists are not only advancing their own work, but are deeply committed to teaching and engaging with community.”


Caldera’s Artists in Residence Program is one of the few in the nation that supports parent artists by allowing children and an additional caretaker to accompany an artist during their stay. Caldera Creative Director Elizabeth Quinn notes that, “As a nonprofit committed to the development of young people, we see the support of parent artists as a natural extension of our work. It’s critical that our programs are as accessible as possible to all artists and supportive of their families.”


The last Saturday of each month of residencies (January 28, February 25, and March 25) the Caldera Arts Center (31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters) opens its doors to the public from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. for AiR Open Studios when Artists in Residence and youth share their work with the public through presentations and performances. This event is free and light refreshments will be served.


2017 Caldera Artists in Residence Roster



Lauren Chandler, culinary arts, Portland, OR

Shelby Davis, sculpture, Portland, OR          

Genevieve Hudson, prose, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dain Mergenthaler, installation, Brooklyn, NY

Tomas Moniz, prose, Berkeley, CA

Kaj-anne Pepper, performance, Portland, OR

Annesofie Sandal, sculpture/video, New York, NY

Crystal Schenk, sculpture, Portland, OR



Esperanza Cortes, sculpture, New York, NY

Michael Crenshaw, music, Portland, OR

Christopher Kuhl, performing arts design, Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Mauser, book arts, Louisville, KY

Jeanne Medina, fiber arts/performance, Richmond, VA

Zoe Aja Moore, theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Dean Spade, prose/video/activism, Seattle, WA

Lindsay Wong, prose, Coquitlam, British Columbia



Kate Bredeson, theatre history, Portland, OR

Rachael Dichter, dance, San Francisco, CA

Saideh Eftekhari, music, San Francisco, CA

Allie Hankins, dance, Portland, OR

Jamie Howell, film, Leavenworth, WA

Zoe Keller, illustration, Portland, OR

Michelle Peñaloza, poetry, Seattle, WA

Sherrie Wolf, painting, Portland, OR


For more information about each Caldera’s 2017 Artists in Residence, please see the current roster in the Artists in Residence section of our website. Applications for 2018 Artists in Residence will be open mid-January 2017.



Now Hiring: Finance & Operations Director and Youth Program Director

Posted on: November 7th, 2016

Caldera is currently hiring for the positions below. For more information on other opportunities with Caldera, visit our Jobs & Internships page


Finance & Operations Director (Portland)
The Finance & Operations Director manages all aspects of the financial and related operations of Caldera. In a collaborative effort involving the Executive Director, staff, and board, the Finance & Operations Director manages Caldera’s approximately $2.2M operating budget and leads development of each new annual budget. This position also operates as main liaison with independent auditors to ensure a successful year-end audit and preparation of tax forms. This work includes financial statement preparation and account reconciliations, amongst many other duties. This position oversees the Office Manager, in regards to the HR functions of the organization, and a part-time Finance Assistant (~15 hours/week).  View complete job description and directions on how to apply here.


Youth Program Director (Portland) 
The Youth Program Director is responsible for managing all aspects of Caldera’s Youth Program. Youth Program Director directly supervises six program staff: two Middle School Mentors, two High School Mentors/Curriculum Coordinators, the Youth Operations Manager, and the Young Adult Advocate. During ~5 months over spring/summer, the Youth Program Director also supervises the Camp Manager. The Youth Program Director focuses on three areas: 1) Manage Youth Program staff and activities; 2) Implement youth evaluation activities; and 3) Coordinate with other staff / integrating other program activities into the Youth Program. View job description and directions on how to apply here.