Caldera recognizes the enduring relationships that exist between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. We acknowledge that the Caldera Arts Center is on the original land of the Tana´nma of the Warm Springs and Paiute people, as well as other tribes. This acknowledgement is one step in contributing to more awareness of the presence and resilience of Native Peoples.
Our Arts Center is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the shores of Blue Lake in the Cascade Mountain Range, 16 miles west of Sisters, Oregon. Our 116 acres are full of the ponderosa pine and Douglas fir of the Cascade Range and we’re surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest.
Every summer, more than 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon come to our Arts Center to experience a life-changing arts and nature camp. Here they develop their creative voices and deepen their appreciation for the environment. Read more about Camp Caldera here.
Every winter from January through March, the Arts Center becomes home to our Artists in Residence (AiR) Program, where creative individuals and collaborative groups are awarded the gift of time and space for monthlong residencies. Read more about our AiR Program here.
Caldera’s facilities are also available for rent to nonprofits, schools, youth groups, and like-minded organizations from April through June and September through December, when available. Please contact Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Manager, at Maesie.Speer@CalderaArts.org or 503.937.3075 for rental rates and availability.
The Hearth Building includes a large and airy performance space, a warm and intimate library, a commercial kitchen, and two art studios. The Hearth Building is wheelchair accessible.
The Grand Room in the Hearth Building features 3,000 square feet of meeting space, with warm wood flooring, an immense stone fireplace, and a wall of sliding glass doors facing an outdoor patio and the forest. Adjoined by a spacious commercial kitchen and including a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, it was built for large conferences, events, and performances. Seating Capacity: 220 people (at round tables) or 300 people (theatre style seating). The Grand Room is wheelchair accessible.
—Grand Room Floor Area: 65’ x 40’
—Grand Room Stage: 24′ x 20′
Perfect for intimate performances or meetings, the library includes a large fireplace, a mezzanine overlooking it, and a complete audio/visual system. Ground-floor capacity: 60–100 people. Mezzanine capacity: 60 people (standing). The Library is wheelchair accessible.
—Library: 44′ x 40′
The Hearth Building kitchen provides a spacious area for meal preparation and service and includes commercial appliances, service ware, and tableware. Caldera can provide a list of area caterers, but renters may work with any caterer they choose. The Kitchen is wheelchair accessible.
Perfect for classes and art-making, the two studios include loft spaces and feature a small kiln and a darkroom. Both Studios are wheelchair accessible.
—Campbell studio: 42′ x 27′
—Campbell studio loft: 18′ x 26′
—Photography studio: 48′ x 26′
—Photography studio loft: 10′ x 18′
Tamarack Hall features comfortable, hotel-like accommodations with shared but private bathrooms, kitchenette, laundry facilities, and a central meeting room with a large fire place. There are 22 rooms, each with one queen-sized bed. Capacity: 1-2 people per room. First floor rooms and one first floor bathroom are wheelchair accessible.
CREEKSIDE A-FRAME CABINS
Our five airy A-frame cabins feature a sleeping loft, living room/work area, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, wood stove, and a porch overlooking the creek. Laundry facilities are available in the Hearth Building. Capacity: 1-4 people per cabin. A-frame cabins are not wheelchair accessible.
DIRECTOR’S AND NURSE’S CABINS
These two rustic, cozy, furnished cabins near Blue Lake include living room/work area, kitchenette, and bathroom with shower. Capacity: 1–2 people per cabin. The Director’s and Nurse’s Cabins are not wheelchair accessible.
Our 24 Sioux-style tipis are on wooden platforms and are adjacent to a commercial kitchen, outdoor eating area, and bathhouse. Tipis are not wheelchair accessible. The Bathhouse is wheelchair accessible.
Caldera acknowledges and respects the relationships between Indigenous Peoples, their traditional territories, and Indigenous culture and representation. With this in mind and as part of our ongoing racial equity work, Caldera is examining our use of tipis as housing at our Arts Center, located on the original lands of the Tana´nma of the Warm Springs bands and Paiute. We are listening to Native staff, youth, artists, and community members who have voiced a range of opinions.Thank you to those who have advocated for Caldera to examine our practices and be accountable to Native communities. We will continue to learn and communicate our progress.
Smoking is only allowed in designated outdoor areas, and pets are not permitted.