Caldera received the largest Arts Education grant ($60,000) given in Oregon this year from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support our Geography of We project, a multi-year transmedia initiative that links Caldera’s art and environmental programming. This grant supports the fourth phase of this project, The Geography of We: The Sun–Our Solar Constant that will be launched during our summer camp sessions beginning mid-July.
The Art Works grants support the creation and public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. These awards are for projects in 13 arts disciplines and fields ranging from arts education to visual arts. The NEA received 1,731 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $86.3 million for FY 2015 support. With available appropriated funds, the NEA is recommending 960 projects for funding for a total investment of $25,599,000. This is the ninth time Caldera has received NEA funding (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).
Throughout 2015 – 2016, the $60,000 grant will support The Geography of We: The Sun–Our Solar Constant, highlighting our environmental theme of the sun. This project builds on our last three years of programming around the The Geography of We theme. You can view our webpages highlighting student art work from our first year focusing on a land theme, The Geography of We: The Mapping of Story, Memory, and Place and our second year, The Geography of We: Humans, Wildlife, and the Habitats We Share, which focuses on a wildlife theme.
During The Geography of We: The Sun–Our Solar Constant, youth will focus on storytelling techniques that range from traditional forms to cutting-edge digital media. Professional artists in film, animation, photography, writing, music, painting, sculpture, and design will guide students to explore a central theme of the sun Students will create both web-based and physical maps that link students’ art to a sense of place. An overview video created for the grant application can be viewed here.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Caldera represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established in Congress in 1965 an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.