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)
The Oregon Arts Commission granted Caldera with a $11,752 Operating Support grant and a $14,918 Arts Learning grant for fiscal year 2016-2017. The Commission dispersed over $1.4 million statewide between the two grants benefitting 132 arts organizations from Hillsboro to Oregon City. Caldera received the largest Arts Learning grant of any of the recipient organizations this year.
“We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year’s applications, and are confident that the education of thousands of students around the state will be enriched as a result,” said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower. She also said that the purpose of the funding was to “alleviate some of the economic pressure and allow Oregon arts organizations to focus on their missions.”
The Operating Support grant supports the operation of Oregon’s leading arts groups and empowers them to ensure arts programming is accessible in all parts of the state. The Arts Learning grants support projects that expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts, filling critical gaps or expanding opportunities for learners. Grant applications were reviewed based on project quality and scope, project preparation, and evaluation of student learning.
The grant for Arts Learning will specifically support Caldera’s youth mentoring program. Based upon our annual Geography of We project, Caldera mentors and teaching artists lead youth from underserved communities in arts and environmental learning that ignites their creativity, self-awareness, and sense of self within Caldera, their communities, schools, and families. Each year is centered around an environmental theme; in 2016-2017 the theme will be “How Fire Sparks, Ignites, and Transforms,” allowing the students to explore the scientific and metaphorical properties of fire. The youth will work with mentors and arts professionals throughout the year, learning and performing transformation fire myths, using the charcoal from the forest fire near Caldera’s Blue Lake Arts Center to create drawings, and ruminating on what sparks, ignites, and transforms their creativity.
“This grant provides crucial support that allows us to deepen our program,” said Caldera Executive Director Tricia Snell. Caldera includes a full-time staff of 21 and integrates over 100 mentors, professional artist, and environmental specialists to facilitate youth programming each year. Students work with professional mentors and artists to tell their stories using transmedia arts and create individual and collaborative artwork in a variety of disciplines, including: dance, painting, drawing, podcasting, printmaking, spoken word, poetry, zine-making, drumming, design, digital illustration, music production, and mural arts.
The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon. The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information, visit www.oregonartscommision.org.
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