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Caldera Announces 2018 Artists in Residence

Posted on: November 17th, 2017

Caldera is honored to announce the 21 dynamic and diverse artists from around the country who will be participating in our 16th group of Artists in Residence (AiR). These artists will each be spending a month this winter (January, February, and March) creating, living, collaborating, performing, and teaching at our Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. 


Residencies are awarded based on a competitive application process that is open to artists from all disciplines. For many artists, residencies are a vital part of the artistic process, giving them time and space to focus, untethered by daily distractions, in a community of artists who can enhance reflection and energize new work in unexpected ways, while surrounded by a landscape different than their home environment. In 2018, residents will create new works in Japanese drumming, sculpture, dance, graphic non-fiction, fiber arts, jazz, poetry, film, and many other genres.


In addition to their personal artistic practice, Artists in Residence are integrated into Caldera’s year-round Youth Program by teaching workshops to high school students in Central Oregon. AiR will also teach free public writing workshops through a partnership with Deschutes Public Library. Workshops for the public will include comics, devotional writing, and using humor in fiction. Details and registration information will be available soon on Caldera’s website.


Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Manager, says, “This group of artists brings a diversity of perspectives, experiences and artistic practices to Central Oregon. One of our values at Caldera is lifelong learning, and we are happy to partner with other organizations to connect these creative individuals with the public through workshops and our Open Studios events. If you’ve never been to our Arts Center, Open Studios are a great opportunity to visit and engage with artists making vital, contemporary work.”


Doors to the Arts Center (31500 Blue Lake Dr., Sisters) open to the public for Caldera’s Artists in Residence Open Studios on January 27, February 24, and March 24 from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. AiR, as well as Caldera students, share their work with the public through presentations and performances. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.


Caldera’s AiR Program is also one of the few in the nation that supports parent artists by allowing children and an additional caretaker to accompany an Artist in Residence during their stay. Caldera Programs Director Elizabeth Quinn notes that, “This year, there will be a record number of parent artists. As a nonprofit committed to the development of young people, the support of parent artists is a natural and powerful extension of our work.” Quinn also notes that, “It’s critical that our programs are as accessible as possible to all artists and supportive of their families. We can’t wait to welcome six families in 2018!”


2018 Caldera Artists in Residence

Click here for more information on all our 2018 AiR. 



Leland Cheuk, Literary Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Masayoshi Ishikawa, Performing Arts (Saint Peter, MN)

Palmarin Merges, Visual Arts (Beaverton, OR)

Marina Peng, Visual Arts (St. Louis, MO)

Carolina Pfister, Media Arts (Portland, OR)

Blanca Villalobos, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)

Tali Weinberg, Visual Arts (Tulsa, OK)



Eroyn Franklin, Literary Arts (Seattle, WA)

Michelle Fujii, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)

Tessa Hulls, Visual Arts (Port Townsend, WA)

Bill Cravis, Visual Arts (Bend, OR)

Ryan Sullivan, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)

Nina Vichayapai, Visual Arts (San Bruno, CA)

Jessica Yen, Literary Arts (Portland, OR)



Amna Ahmad, Literary Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Nika Blasser, Visual Arts (Pendleton, OR)

Tamar Ettun, Performing Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Leora Fridman, Literary Arts (Berkeley, CA)

Jason Graham, Visual/Performing Arts (Bend, OR)

Sarah Maria Medina, Literary Arts (Seattle, WA)

Heather Sparks, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)


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. 




Arts Integration Symposium Inspires Creativity

Posted on: June 28th, 2017

DSC_0017On May 21 & 22, middle- and high-school teachers from around the state (and many from Caldera Arts Partner middle schools) joined top-rate arts and environmental instructors and arts integration specialists for our annual Arts Integration Symposium. “I have been to several arts integration trainings,” commented one participant on the Symposium, “This was the best one I have been to because you didn’t tell us what the definition of arts integration. Instead, we lived arts integration over the weekend.”


The focus of the Symposium was on how instructors can create thriving classrooms full of student expression, analytical thinking, and diverse conversations. The group also explored how lessons can meet students’ unique needs and boost academic achievement. One teacher said, “Being taken care of in the learning process reminds me that I can better take care of my students as they move in their learning.”


In addition to full group activities, teachers chose two workshops to immerse in over the course of the weekend. Workshop options included: Arts and the Environment by instructors from OMSI and Pacific Northwest College of Art, Drumming the Land by Catón Lyles, Photography and Seeing Like an Animal by Julie Keefe, and The Transformative Power of Poetry by Mic Crenshaw.


The goals for the Symposium were for attendees to leave feeling inspired by the arts, learn new ways to use the arts and the environment in their classrooms, meet other instructors from around the state, and celebrate the unique skills that each teacher brings to their students. Caldera provides this unique training free of charge through support from the Roundhouse Foundation. See photos of this year’s Arts Integration Symposium on our Facebook page here





Caldera Receives 11th National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Posted on: June 19th, 2017

Caldera is proud to announce a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support our ongoing Geography of We project, a multi-year transmedia initiative that links Caldera’s arts and environmental programming. This grant supports the fifth phase of this project that will be launched during our summer camp sessions beginning mid-July. Focused on storytelling techniques that range from traditional forms to digital media, professional artists in film, animation, photography, writing, music, painting, sculpture, and design will give students the opportunity to explore their identity through the central theme of air. This is the eleventh time Caldera has received NEA funding (2002, 2005–2008, 2010, 2013–2017).


As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts’ second round of funding for FY 2017 included partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies. The NEA awarded 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million. “The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”


Congratulations to our Oregon arts partners who share 19 grants totaling $1,133,600 and to the other grantees around the nation. For a complete listing of all projects recommended for grant support, click here.


About the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.



In Response To May 26, 2017 Incident on MAX Light Rail

Posted on: June 3rd, 2017


We are all feeling a range of emotions after the brutal, hateful crimes that occurred on May 26, 2017 on the MAX Light Rail. Caldera is deeply concerned and saddened that young people were terrorized and that two people died seeking to defend them. We are also inspired and grateful that one of our own community members intervened to uphold justice and respect and, while seriously injured, survived. Caldera stands with and by all of the victims, their families, and the community. This incident is calling us all to hold space, reflect, respond and mobilize in a variety of ways.


With his permission, we share this video from Rocker. 


On behalf of Caldera, our Executive Director and Board Chair have signed on as supporters to this community statement from APANO. 


Here are links to donation pages for the victims:
Girls Who Survived Portland’s MAX Attack YouCaring Page 
Muslims Unite for Portland Heroes LaunchGood Page 
TriMet Hero Recovery GoFundMe Page for Rocker
TriMet Heroes GoFundMe Page



2018 Artists in Residence Call for Applications

Posted on: May 31st, 2017
 Deadline to apply to be a 2018 Artist in Residence is June 16, 2017!



How Can Caldera’s AiR Program Better Serve Artists of Color?

Posted on: May 24th, 2017

CalderaOpenStudio_Sp17-6303If you dropped into Caldera’s Studio B in late April, you might not have recognized it! White walls were covered in shimmering gold and handmade signs proclaimed the space the “Golden Spot Print Shop”. This transformation was led by Sharita Towne in collaboration with Luann Algoso, Demian DinéYazhi´, bart fitzgerald, and Patricia Vázquez Gómez, our 2017 Golden Spot Artists in Residence supported by The Ford Family Foundation.


As part of Caldera’s work to increase racial equity across all parts of our organization, we recognized that our Artists in Residence (AiR) Program needed to be more welcoming and accessible to artists of color. We worked with Sharita Towne to curate an intercultural group of artists to come together in residency to explore possibilities and wrestle with the question, “How can Caldera’s AiR Program better serve artists of color?”


In response, the group imagined a new type of residency experience at Caldera–one makes space for individual work, collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning across disciplines. Each artist utilized the print shop for their own needs, some utilizing this technique for the first time. They shared their skills with Caldera high school youth in a Saturday workshop (see photos on Facebook here), and also came together for discussions with Caldera staff to examine each part of the AiR program.


Thanks to additional funding from The Oregon Community Foundation, we will be able to continue our work with this group and add additional artists from other disciplines. Look for community engagement activities in Central Oregon and Portland over the next year and news on program updates. Do you have thoughts on how Caldera’s Artist in Residence program can better support artist of color? Write to us at AiR@CalderaArts.org!


Caldera Welcomes New Board Members

Posted on: May 24th, 2017

This quarter, Caldera’s Board of Directors welcomed two new members: Joy Fowler and Scott Howard. We’re excited to have them as part of our team!


Joy Fowler Website Joy Fowler, Board Member (2017)
Joy Fowler is the VP and Diversity Program Manager for Umpqua Bank. Both her banking career and undergraduate studies began in her home town of New York City. Upon graduation, Joy moved to Portland where she continued her banking career and completed a Masters of Business Administration at Portland State University with a focus in Human Resources. Joy is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and volunteers with Portland Workforce Alliance, Portland Youth Builders and the Nativity School in Portland. She also serves on the Portland Leadership Council of the United Negro College Fund. In her personal time, she is dedicated to spending time with her 3 grandsons, traveling, and serving as President and co-founder of A MIRacle Foundation, Inc., a foundation that supports children with special needs along with the families/caregivers and organizations that care for them.


Scott-Howard-website Scott Howard, Board Member (2017)
Scott Howard is the co-founder of Kivel & Howard LLP, a Portland-based law firm. He works primarily in the areas of business planning and transactions, succession planning, estate planning, and charitable planning. Scott’s community involvement includes supporting Oregon non-profit organizations as an advisor and board member; he has supported many non-profits. Scott counts among his most meaningful successes the establishment of Park Academy, a school serving dyslexic children and as Chair of the directors of Concordia University.


Read more about Caldera’s full Board of Directors here.



Caldera Welcomes New Executive Director Brian Detman

Posted on: April 20th, 2017

BrianDetmanAfter conducting a nationwide search, Caldera is proud to announce the selection of new Executive Director Brian Detman. Brian succeeds Tricia Snell, who has been Executive Director for the past ten years.


Brian has more than two decades of professional, civic, and volunteer experience working in the nonprofit, business, and public sectors both locally and nationally. His unique blend of youth development, nonprofit strategy and leadership, as well as passion for young people, nature, and the arts can be seen from his previous work experience at Multnomah County, Enhabit, Metropolitan Group, and the I Have A Dream Foundation-Oregon. Brian’s commitment to equity and empowerment is reflected throughout his career, and aligns squarely with Caldera’s values and goal of deepening its innovative programs for underserved communities.


“I’m thrilled to be joining Caldera as Executive Director,” Brian said upon acceptance of the position. “I’m looking forward to getting to know and collaborating with our diverse community–from youth and their families, staff and the board to our partners, donors, and volunteers. Together, we will sustain and advance our work supporting youth in becoming creative, spirited, and resilient change agents.”


“Caldera’s Board of Directors and staff are equally excited Brian will be joining us,” said Board Chair Wes Lawrence. “We could not have found a better person to follow Tricia Snell (our beloved past Executive Director) and lead us in our next phase as an organization. Our efforts to help young people have come a long way in our first 20 years, and we are all looking forward to Brian’s leadership through the next phase of Caldera!”


Brian joins Caldera from the Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division where he has worked for the past three years, most recently as the System Change and Community Interface Services Manager. His work has focused on developing and enhancing efforts to achieve positive outcomes for youth, addressing and reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and reforming and improving the juvenile justice system in collaboration with partners and community stakeholders. Brian is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Portland Farmers Market and Zena LLC, as well as a board member at The Emerson School. Additionally, Brian is also on the steering committee at the Portland Black Male Achievement Initiative.


Outgoing Caldera Executive Director Tricia Snell said, “I am simply delighted. Brian has the head, the heart, and the dedication to do great things in the future for Caldera youth. He and I are already discussing Caldera’s opportunities and challenges, and I am confident that we’ll manage a smooth transition together. I look forward to watching continued success for Caldera!”



Now Hiring: 2017 Camp Caldera Staff

Posted on: April 17th, 2017

We’re hiring for Camp Caldera 2017 seasonal staff! Open positions include: Youth Advocate, Artist Assistant, Lifeguard, Challenge Course Facilitator, Kitchen Staff, and more! Click here for job descriptions and details on how to apply.