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2017 Geography of We Workbook

Posted on: August 16th, 2017

Click here or on the image below to view our full 2017 Geography of We workbook. 


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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.



March Newsletter

Posted on: March 18th, 2016

Click here for our March 2016 newsletter. In this edition, we invite you to our final Open Studios of 2016 on March 26 and Arts Integration Symposium in May, share photos of Youth Program activities, and open applications to become one of our Artists in Residence next winter. We also introduce our interns and new internship opportunities! 


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Photo by Emily Albertson.


October Newsletter

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015

Click here for our October newsletter. We have updates on Stories of Change events, Fallen Fruit of Portland, and OneBeat. As well as Youth Program highlights, Caldera accolades, and new staff members and interns to celebrate.



Caldera Recognized as a Top 50 Finalist for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015

For the fourth time, Caldera has been named one of the top 50 finalists for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award. This award is given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


This year there were 285 nominees from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our selection as one of the top 50 finalists distinguishes Caldera as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities will announce the 12 award recipients on November 17, 2015. Stay tuned to see if Caldera is selected! The winning organizations have the opportunity to accept the award personally from the First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the Nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Read more about the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and the other finalists here


Stories of Change 2015 Save The Dates

Posted on: March 26th, 2015



Teacher Training Symposium

Posted on: March 24th, 2015


Caldera is offering a unique professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers in Central Oregon and Portland on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. Our Teacher Training Symposium brings Arts Integration Specialists and Instructors to Caldera  to teach workshops on arts instruction along with techniques for teaching and integrating the arts with science, history, English, technology, and math.


Workshop classes in photography, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and animation will be taught by Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) and Hollywood Theatre faculty on Saturday. On Sunday, Arts Integration Specialists, Perrin Boyd and Kit Stafford, will facilitate arts integration sessions. Continuing education credits are available through OSU – Cascade Campus and OCAC is offering participants 25% off their classes. 


Meals, workshops, and overnight accommodations are available free of charge. (Preference for overnight accommodations are given to teachers from Warm Springs and Portland.) Space is limited so reserve early. There is a non-refundable $35 reservation fee. If four teachers from the same school register,  the 5th teacher reservation fee is free. To register, please contact Alisha Orefice at 503-937-3062 or by email at Alisha.Orefice@CalderaArts.org


Instructor Bios

Dylan Beck – Ceramics Department Head, OCAC
Dylan Beck is a ceramic artist, sculptor, and educator. He studied sculpture and ceramics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Upon receiving his BFA in Ceramics, he was awarded a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship at Illinois State University. In 2006, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Tyler School of Art, Temple University for graduate school where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree. Beck’s research focuses on the built environment, including concepts dealing with urban development, the information infrastructure, and the economic, social, and psychological effects of living in a super-modern world.


Emily Nachison – Fibers Department Head, OCAC
Emily Nachison is a multi-media artist. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Nachison has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in multiple group shows across the country. In 2013 she received an Artistic Focus Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon.


Michelle Ross – Drawing and Painting Department Head, OCAC
Michelle Ross received her MFA in painting and drawing from Washington State University, Pullman, in 1994, and her BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, in 1987. Her work is concerned with the placement and effect of fragments. Interested in a physical response to form, color and space she operates with the premise that certain arrangements of these simple elements can evoke clearly felt and understood experiences beyond language. Distance, proximity, isolation and repetitive structures of order are utilized as both comforting and alienating. She is convinced that these experiences can be socially powerful and that painting can be a sign, a reminder of this.

Her work has been exhibited and curated in print around the United States and in Europe, including by Jennifer Blessing at the Guggenheim, New York; Lowery Sims, of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Jessica Morgan at the Tate, London, the Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Rome International University, Italy; and Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; and Vermont Studio Center, among others. Ross has received numerous grants and honors, including an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship; a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant; an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant; and a Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Juror’s Award. She is a professor at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland. Ross is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.


Mark Rupert
 – Photography Department Head, OCAC
Mark Rupert holds a BFA from Ohio University and an MFA from the University of Oregon. Mark was awarded an OCAC faculty artist residency for the summer of 2005 to continue his examination of contemporary human interaction with the landscape through the use of historic photographic equipment and processes.


Taylor Neitzke – Hollywood Theatre
Taylor Neitzke is a multimedia educator and visual artist. As an educator her mission is to offer the artistic process as a tool for young people to connect to themselves, one another and their community. Her passion for amplifying youth voices led her to the Hollywood Theatre, where she manages educational programming and develops art integration curricula and resources. She co-created the Stories in Movement program which received national recognition in the New York Times. She has taught at various schools and institutions in the Portland area including the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home, Catlin Gable School and Open Meadow Schools. An alumnus of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Neitzke holds a BFA with a focus in Intermedia. Her experimental films have screened in numerous Portland locations including BoomBap and the Clinton Street Theatre. 


Ryan Woodring – Hollywood Theatre
Ryan Woodring is a visual effects artist who packed his life into a car in 2013 to move from Pittsburgh to Portland in order to work on Laika’s “The Boxtrolls.” His own artwork, which he shows in galleries both locally and nationally, is inspired by his career in the film and animation industry.  Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Ryan attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with Time-Based Art and French Studies degrees in 2010. 


Perrin Boyd – Arts Integration Specialist with focus in theatre arts
Perrin Boyd utilizes her Masters of Arts in Teaching and her experience as a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to provide quality educational experiences. Perrin excels at curriculum collaborations, new projects that allow the teachers, the students and her to grow. Her passion is enabling children to realize their creative potential in an environment rich with diverse learning opportunities.


Kit Stafford – Arts Integration Specialist and artist, writer, dancer, and teacher of creative arts (all disciplines) 
Kit Stafford hosts a vast variety of collaborative projects that bring community together. At Sisters Middle School she teaches Americana classes which are a rich combination of studies, from guitar playing and songwriting to quilting, pottery, painting, baking and exploring folk arts of early American times. ARTS Discovery is a program she offers for underserved middle school youth. Her students experience many forms of art through hands-on workshops where they are directed toward becoming leaders in their own very challenging lives. Kit also directs Camp Sunrise, a Hospice camp for grieving children. She is deeply involved in work with the Sisters Folk Festival, including its educational outreach and community celebrations.


Caldera Presents Patricia Smith

Posted on: February 26th, 2015



Caldera Announces

PORTLAND, Ore. – Renowned poet, Patricia Smith, author of six critically acknowledged volumes of poetry, will be performing a free public reading in Portland on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Wieden+Kennedy, located at 224 NW 13th Avenue.

Smith’s visit to Portland is in partnership with Caldera and in addition to this public reading, she will be teaching a week-long, in-school poetry residency at Caldera Arts Partner School, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) Academy. Over 100 students will have the opportunity to work with Smith to create original works of spoken word and slam poetry based on their own personal and cultural history.

Smith’s latest publication, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, a memoir in verse, was awarded the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress and the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her other publications include Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner; Close to Death; Big Towns, Big Talk and Life According to Motown which was recently released in a special 20th anniversary edition. Her work has appeared in many journals and poetry magazines and in dozens of groundbreaking anthologies, including Best American Poetry, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry.  She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, for her poems “The Way Pilots Walk” and “Laugh Your Troubles Away!”  Smith is a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program. She has also done hundreds of writing and performance residencies in elementary, middle schools, and high schools.

Caldera is a nonprofit organization that works to create positive change in the lives of underserved youth through a unique and powerful blend of arts, nature, community building, and long-term group mentoring. Caldera supports youth in embracing and exploring their unique voices. The organization was established in 1996 by Dan Wieden, co-founder of the Portland, Ore., based international advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy, and his family. Caldera’s mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs.


See our Facebook event page here and please invite your friends and colleagues!


2016 AiR Call for Applications

Posted on: February 24th, 2015

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Click the image above or here to apply online. 


Thank You For Your Support At Stories of Change!

Posted on: February 18th, 2015

 “Let’s celebrate
all the moments
that over time add up to
a young person’s
deep transformation.
That’s Caldera’s work.”

         —MOsley WOtta
We’re thrilled to announce that Stories of Change this year raised
over $350,000 in Portland and over $100,000 in Central Oregon
of direct support for our youth program.

Through that support, there will be many more “AFTER” stories
like those of Doe and Big Bird, the two young people
featured in our film at the event (rewatch here).
Thanks again to all our supporters and sponsors. We couldn’t do this work without you!
View photos and selfies from the event on our Facebook page.
Click here to watch the mini-films from the event.
If you would still like to contribute, click here.

Save the Date  for our 2015 Stories of Change events:
Saturday, October 3, 2015 – Central Oregon &
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Portland


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