Caldera is excited to announce that we have received a $75,000 grant through the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative! This new initiative is designed to support arts organization to take risks they might not otherwise be able to take. For Caldera, that means focusing our first major Artists in Residence Project on the communities we serve through our Youth Program. We began by imagining how the AiR Program could focus on social issues surrounding underserved populations. In developing the project, we learned that it can not only integrate our two programs, but can also serve as the impetus to bring together all members of our community (e.g., artists, staff, youth mentors, board, donors, families & teachers of our youth, community members & neighborhood leaders).
We’re excited about the community engagement aspects of the project, and are eager to work with and learn from the project’s curators, Fallen Fruit. The 9-month project consists of a series of art-based community collaborations led by Caldera and Fallen Fruit, which will use the apple – its meaning, vitality, and history – to examine issues of equity, cultural heritage, food systems, generational knowledge, and the environment throughout Portland.
There’s already been great press about the grant in the Oregonian and Portland Monthly, and we’re looking forward to continuing our public outreach for the project.