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Apply for a 2018 Community Residency!

Posted on: August 17th, 2018

Caldera artists in residence play in the snow

The Caldera Community Residency is created specifically for Caldera camp staff, teaching artists, and alumni of our Artists in Residence (AiR) program. Spend up to two weeks at the Arts Center working on personal projects among other members of the Caldera community.

Dates: December 8–22, 2018. All residents must arrive on December 8 between noon and 5 p.m. and stay a minimum of one week.



<< Revisit the community and warmth that is Caldera while enjoying time and space to work on creative personal projects and enjoy the outdoors. A project could be any art/craft/creative project, research or study, lesson or curriculum planning, etc. Explore something new or delve deeper into work you know and love!

<< Residents must arrive on Saturday, December 8 between noon and 5 p.m. and stay a minimum of one week (departing December 15) or maximum of two weeks (departing December 22 by 11 a.m.).

<< Caldera will provide a welcome dinner for all residents on December 8 at 6 p.m. Residents will provide their own meals, materials, and transportation.

<< This residency is open to 2017 and 2018 Camp Caldera staff and teaching artists, and AiR Program alumni only. Collaborations are encouraged!

<< This is a child-friendly opportunity. Residents with children may attend with their child/children and a caretaker. Families will be assigned an a-frame or cabin.



<< A-frame or Cabin: Includes 2 – 4 beds, full bathroom, and mini-kitchen. These spaces will be reserved for artists with children and collaborations of two or more people.

<< Rooms in Tamarack Hall: Those staying in Tamarack Hall will have two private rooms. Each room includes 1 queen bed and writing desk. Bathrooms, kitchen, and living space are shared. Please understand that complete quiet cannot be guaranteed as there will be up to 11 people sharing Tamarack Hall. Quiet hours will be observed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

<< Studio Space: All studios (Campbell Studio, Photo Studio and the Grand Room) will be shared among up to three residents/collaborations.

<< The Hearth Library and Kitchen will be shared among all residents.



<< Fill out the brief online application. Acceptance is on a rolling basis, and the application will be open until September 28. All applicants will be notified of their status by October 15 at the latest.

<< If you attended a December residency in 2016 or 2017, you will be placed on a waitlist until the application closes.

<< Fees are sliding scale $50 – $200 and can be paid via Paypal upon acceptance to hold your spot. Fees are non-refundable. 


Questions? Contact Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Manager, 541.595.0956 or AiR@CalderaArts.org.​


2017 Geography of We Workbook and Webpages Released!

Posted on: July 18th, 2017

Pages from GeographyofWe_Year4_final_spreads-2We’re excited to announce the release of our fourth Geography of We workbook and webpages! 


Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, this year’s webpages and workbook highlight both the creative process and final artwork of student projects in Central Oregon, Portland, and during Camp Caldera around our 2016–2017 theme “Fire–Spark, Ignite, and Transform“. 


We hope that you’ll explore the webpages alongside this year’s companion workbook, which has instructions on how you can create similar creative projects on your own, and has space for brainstorming ideas and writing reflections.


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.


This year (July 2016–June 2017)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 fire and transformation. Each year, Geography of We is focused on one of seven environmental themes. 


You can view all four years of Geography of We workbooks below:

Year 1 (July 2013 through June 2014): LAND–The Geography of We: The Mapping of Story, Memory, and Place

Year 2 (July 2014 through June 2015): WILDLIFE–The Geography of We: Humans, Wildlife, and the Habitats We Share

Year 3 (July 2015 through June 2016): SUN–The Geography of We: The Sun–Our Solar Constant

Year 4 (July 2016 through June 2017): FIRE–The Geography of We: Fire–Spark, Ignite, and Transform


Please email us at Caldera@CalderaArts.org if you’d like your own 2016-2017 printed workbook (or any of our previous years) and we’d be happy to mail one to you. 




Share Your Caldera Stories and Memories

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016

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Click here to view stories from other members of the Caldera community and to watch instructional mini films about how to record your own.  


Public Camp Tour – Saturday, July 30, 2016

Posted on: June 1st, 2016


Public Camp Tours – July 18 & August 1

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015

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Public Camp Tours – July 18 & August 1

Posted on: June 1st, 2015

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Recap: Caldera Artist and Rodeo Weekends

Posted on: June 26th, 2013

At our Stories of Change fundraisers last year, Caldera presented two fantastic auction packages: a Sisters Rodeo Weekend and an Artists Retreat Weekend that gave participants an opportunity to spend time at our Arts Center on Blue Lake. Read more about the culmination of these two unique experiences below.

Rodeo Weekend 2013

Saturday morning, guests were shuttled into Sisters for the Rodeo parade and pre-rodeo shopping. There was perfect weather and everyone had great seats for the 73rd Annual Sister’s Rodeo. Guests were then driven to the Davis Miracle Farm in Tumalo for cocktails and appetizers followed by a delicious barbecue serenaded by country music. After dinner, there was line dancing and mechanical bull riding at Mavericks Country Bar in Bend.

We would like to thank Duncan and Cindy Campbell for hosting a terrific pre-rodeo party and Gail Hayes-Davis and Mike Davis for hosting a fabulous post-rodeo party! See photos on our facebook page.

Artists Weekend 2013

Caldera’s first ever Artists Weekend captured and shared the magic of our community. As one participant said, “Caldera is a place where I discovered so many new things and at the same time felt strangely at home. The moment you enter Caldera, there is a sense of

Held the first weekend of June, participants enjoyed two 3-hour long workshops, lovely meals served in the Grand Room of Caldera’s Arts Center on Blue Lake, and special readings and presentations both Friday and Saturday nights.

Award winning writer, Ellen Waterston, and, photographer and Portland’s Creative Laureate, Julie Keefe, presented their work Friday night and then taught workshops on Saturday. Workshop participants read and presented what they created in workshops Saturday night after dinner. Throughout the sunny weekend, participants and their guests explored the landscape of Caldera and their own artistic potential. See photos here.

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Extended Hiring: Kitchen Assistants for Summer Camp 2013

Posted on: March 14th, 2013

Applications are now closed for all of our Summer Camp 2013 jobs, except for the Kitchen Assistant position. 

Click here for complete job description and application materials.

Camp Sessions this year are:
Immersion 1: July 15 – July 24
Immersion 2: July 28 – August 6
Discovery: August 9 – August 16

There is also a mandatory summer camp staff training June 21st – 24th


Summer Camp 2012

Posted on: July 12th, 2012

Summer camp is here!  We’re looking forward to another wonderful summer out at Blue Lake.  Below is more information on our three sessions this year. Please let the main office know if you have questions – 503-937-7594.


Immersion 1: (10 days)    Staff arrive: July 13th      Camp Session: July 14th-23rd    Staff Depart: July 24th

Intense exploration of the arts and emotional/social development while focusing deeply on one specific art form. This 10 day session consists of students going into 11th and 12th grades who have been with the program for several years, and some may also be apprentice students who’ve focused in their discipline weekly throughout the school year. Immersion students will have daily sessions with artists and evening studio time. The daily class sessions with the artist (8 total) are approximately 3 hours long. Studio time is approximately an hour and a half and happens several evenings.


Immersion 2:  (10 days)   Staff arrive: July 26th     Camp Session: July 27th-Aug. 5th  Staff Depart: Aug 6th 

Exploration and development of skills in two art forms, with special attention given to the emotional/social development issues relevant to the transition from middle school to high school. This 10 day session consists of students going into 9th and 10th grades some have been with the program for several years, and some may be newer to the program. Immersion 2 students will meet with artists every other day and participating in evening studio time. The daily class sessions with the artist (4 total for each group) are approximately 3 hours long. Studio time is approximately an hour and a half and happens several evenings. Artists will teach a session every day but see group A one day and group B the next.


Discovery:  (8 days)         Staff arrive: Aug 8th       Camp Session: Aug. 9th – 16th    Staff Depart: Aug 17th      

Developing appreciation and experience in multiple art forms and covering components of social   and emotional development related to middle school aged youth. Students meet with each of the 4 artists 3 times. Class sessions are approximately one and a half hours each totaling 4.5 hours per art form for the campers.  Artists teach 2 sessions a day and will see all students over 2 days of rotations.