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Happy Holidays and December Newsletter

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015

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As 2015 comes to a close, we extend heartfelt gratitude to the Caldera community for all your support, enthusiasm, and dedication to our youth and mission this year. We couldn’t do this work without you, and as we embark on our 20th anniversary year in 2016, we look forward to celebrating with you all. Happy holidays and may your new year be full of creativity!


Click here for our December newsletter. We announce 2016 Artists in Residence, celebrate a successful Portland Stories of Change, update you on our Youth Program, and encourage end-of-year donations through the Willamette Week’s Give!Guide and the Oregon Cultural Trust. 



2016 Artists in Residence

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015

We’re excited to announce our 2016 Artists in Residence (AiR). Beginning in January, we welcome visual, literary, and performing artists from around the world for one-month stays at our Arts Center on Blue Lake in Central Oregon. While at Caldera, literary, visual, and performing artists immerse in their work to create new books, plays, music, films, poems, installations, paintings, and sculptures.


Along with spending time developing individual projects, AiR offer workshops and presentations to Caldera middle and high school students. They also present their work to the public in a free Open Studios series held the last Saturday of each month of residencies. 2016 Open Studios dates are: January 30, February 27, and March 26.


2016 Artists in Residence:

Literary Artists

Turiya Autry, Portland, Oregon

Sash Bischoff, New York, New York

Kim Calder, Los Angeles, California

Kristina Marie Darling, Ballwin, Michigan

Camas Davis, Portland, Oregon

Chaney Kwak, San Francisco, California

Sara Mumolo, Oakland, California

Emily Weinstein, Berkeley, California


Visual Artists

Anne Greenwood, Portland, Oregon

Alex Hirsch, Portland, Oregon

Donna Copper Hurt, Charleston, South Carolina

Kylie Lockwood, Detroit, Michigan

Christine Olejiniczak, Marfa, Texas

Ryan Pierce, Portland, Oregon

Brittany Reeber, Austin, Texas

Annie Varnot, Brooklyn, New York

Marjorie Vecchio, Reno, Nevada


Performing Artists

Alela Diane, Portland, Oregon

Adriana Rojas Pretel, Bogota, Colombia

Jason Randolph, Baltimore, Maryland

Lucy Yim, Portland, Oregon


For more information about each Caldera’s 2016 Artists in Residence, please see Caldera’s current roster.


Applications for 2017 Artists in Residence will be open mid-January, 2016. For more details about Caldera’s AiR, please see the Artists in Residence section of Caldera’s website and/or contact Creative Director, Elizabeth Quinn, via email at Elizabeth.Quinn@CalderaArts.org. 


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Donate to Caldera through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide

Posted on: December 15th, 2015

Caldera is honored to be one of the ‘most impactful’ Portland nonprofits featured in this year’s Willamette Week Give!Guide. The Give!Guide (giveguide.org) is an annual campaign to engage Portlanders in annual year end and lifelong giving. By supporting Caldera and other Portland nonprofits, you are actively engaging in your community and making Portland a better place to live for everyone.


From now until December 31st, those who donate through the Give!Guide to Caldera (or any of the incredible nonprofits in the Give!Guide) will receive free and discounted products from both the Willamette Week’s business partners and partners of the individual organizations. Chinook Book discounts and free items will arrive in your email inbox immediately following your gift, along with your donation receipt.


As a special incentive for Caldera supporters, donations of $20 or more any day from now through December 31, will enter you to win a prize package from Daddies Board Shop! The prize includes a Rayne Vendetta Gosha Longboard, a Triple Eight Brainsaver helmet, and long boarding lessons with Marisa Nuñez (one of the fastest female long boarders in the world).


Learn more and donate today at give guide.org for your chance to win big while giving back this holiday season!

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Annual Alumni Party

Posted on: December 3rd, 2015

Have you been a part of Caldera? Participated in our workshops, middle school classes, or camp? Have you been a teaching artist, mentor, or camp staff? Are you a current Caldera junior or senior student? We’d love to see you all! Please join us for our Annual Alumni Party! RSVP today. Meet old friends, make new ones, and share your memories of Caldera with us.  


Caldera Honored with 2015 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award

Posted on: November 17th, 2015


It is with great honor that Caldera announces that we are one of 12 creative youth development organizations to receive a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House Award Ceremony on November 17, 2015.

Caldera is the first organization in Oregon to ever receive this award. The 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for creative youth programs, recognizing the country’s best programs as well as highlighting the positive role that arts and humanities play in youth academic achievement, graduation rates and college enrollment. The awardees—chosen from a pool of more than 285 nominations and 50 finalists from 50 states—were also recognized for improving literacy, language abilities, communication, performance skills, and cultural awareness. Caldera is the first non-profit in Oregon to receive this prestigious award.

High school senior Alena Nore, age 18, of Sisters, Oregon, visited the White House today to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Alena attended a special White House ceremony as a youth representative of Caldera, an Oregon non-profit organization being honored for its excellence in mentoring youth through the arts and humanities.

“The chance to represent my peers in accepting this award from the First Lady of the United States in the White House is an experience I’ll never forget,” said Caldera student Alena Nore. “My experience with Caldera has been life-changing. It’s exciting to see that programs like this are recognized and valued, because I know there are many more young people who need the kind of mentoring I benefitted from.”

In addition to the national recognition bestowed by the prestigious award, Caldera will also receive $10,000 to support its programming and build the long-term sustainability of the organization.

“This award inspires all of us at Caldera—youth, staff, board, volunteers, supporters—to reach for new heights in our work. We are in this work for the long term, and we are excited to learn about and from the other awardees,” said Caldera Executive Director Tricia Snell, who joined Alena Nore to receive the award at the White House. “We are so proud of this recognition, not only for how it reflects on Caldera youth and all the folks who have supported Caldera in the past, but for what it portends for our long-term ability to mentor underserved youth through the arts. We also hope that the award will shine a light on the amazing things young people can achieve through the arts, through humanities, through caring adult mentoring and through immersion in nature. Providing this to every child is an investment not only in those individual young people, but in our entire society.”

First presented in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The awards are presented annually in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Oregon Governor Kate Brown expressed her enthusiastic support for Caldera: “By engaging and inspiring young people, Caldera is giving them not just the vision but the skills to build a new and better life for themselves, for their families, and for our community. These young people are learning how to use creative thinking to work as a team, to solve problems and to express themselves constructively. These are exactly the kinds of skills we want them to have to be able to succeed in school, in work and in life.”

Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, emphasizes that the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards represent the nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs. The award recognizes and supports outstanding programs that lay new pathways to creativity, expression, and achievement. Such programs excite and engage a range of students, cultivating imagination, collaboration, discipline, and academic success, with demonstrable results. “You can’t help but be moved by these kids, who show us the transformative power of the arts and humanities,” said Goslins. “They are staying in school longer, getting better grades, graduating from high school and going on to college at significantly higher rates than their peers. And they’re building skills that will last them a lifetime.”

We will have video footage from the ceremony shortly. In the meantime, you can view more photos of the adventure to the White House on our Facebook page and see articles about the award in The Oregonian and Bend Bulletin. 


About the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs. The awards recognizes and supports outstanding programs that lay new pathways to creativity, expression, and achievement outside of the regular school day. These programs excite and engage a range of students, cultivating imagination, collaboration, discipline, and academic success, with demonstrable results. They also provide safe harbors after school, on weekends, and in the evenings for children and youth in some of our country’s most at-risk urban and rural settings. For more information about the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards and the full list of 2015 award recipients, visit pcah.gov.



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


Caldera Hosts OneBeat

Posted on: October 20th, 2015

Caldera is honored to host OneBeat, a music diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for unique workshops at The Museum at Warm Springs and a public performance in Sisters at the end of October.


OneBeat is comprised of 25 emerging musical leaders from around the world who are brought together as fellows for this pioneering music diplomacy program to build on the transcendent power of music to bring people together, foster greater understanding, and promote resilient civil societies.


“By sharing its community with our OneBeat fellows, Caldera is playing a vital role in our nation’s diplomacy,” said Julia Gómez-Nelson of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


As a national leader in both youth work and artist residencies, Caldera is uniquely positioned to host OneBeat during their residency in Central Oregon. Through Caldera’s pre-existing school relationships, OneBeat fellows will work with students from our Arts Partner middle schools, as well as the public. The workshops will be at The Museum at Warm Springs (2189 Highway 26, Warm Springs, OR 97761) and are free and open to the public from 4 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30.


OneBeat’s residency in Central Oregon will also include a public performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 30, at Sisters High School (1700 W. McKinney Butte Rd. Sisters, OR  97759). The performance is presented by Caldera and Sisters Folk Festival. Tickets for this performance are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. See the Facebook invite here and share with your friends. 


About OneBeat

Now in its fourth year, OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy. OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. OneBeat begins with an opening residency, when Fellows collaborate to create original material, record new musical ideas, and incubate their projects. OneBeat fellows then go on tour, performing for a wide array of American audiences, collaborating with local musicians, and leading workshops with youth. In a closing residency, each OneBeat musician sets out their plans for the future, developing projects in their home countries linked to a mutually-reinforcing network of music-driven social enterprises. Watch a short film about OneBeat here. 



Portland Stories of Change – November 18

Posted on: October 15th, 2015


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Fallen Fruit of Portland Urban Fruit Trail

Posted on: October 14th, 2015


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