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Get Yourself to Caldera! Taking up space in residencies

Posted on: June 7th, 2018


Thursday, June 28

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Milepost 5 (8155 NE Oregon St, Portland)

Appetizers and drinks provided.

This is a free event. No RSVP necessary.


Have you been needing time away from distractions to finish a project? Or maybe space to rest and reflect about your creative practice? Have you been wanting to apply to a residency and haven’t found the time or resources to do it? What prevents you and other artists and other creatives of color from getting into residencies?


For people of color, the ability to navigate the world as an artist or creative can be even more challenging due to institutional barriers and lack of visibility, resources, or recognition of the work as valuable. If you ever wanted to get into a residency and needed support in doing so, here is a chance to learn from other artists of color about Caldera’s Artists in Residence (AiR) program and more!


This event, organized by artists, cultural organizers, and previous Caldera residents, Luann Algoso and Patricia Vazquez, will explore what it means for people of color to take up space at artist residencies. We will hear from a panel of previous Caldera residents about their experiences going through the application process, how they spent their time during residency, and what the benefits and downsides were to attending residency. After the panel discussion, we will lead a brief workshop to share tips and suggestions to best prepare your application to Caldera and other artist residencies. Artists, musicians, writers, scientists, activists and all creatives are welcome!


Panelists include:

Sharita Towne, mixed-media artist
Mic Crenshaw, hip hop artist
Michelle Fujii, performing artist
Demian DinéYazhi’, mixed-media artist
Daniela del Mar, letterpress printer and bookbinder


Appetizers and drinks provided. Before the panel and workshop, we’ll have a mixer with music provided by LaPaushi.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Luann Algoso at writtenbyluann@gmail.com or Patricia Vazquez at patricia.vazqg@gmail.com.


This event is supported by a Community Grant from The Oregon Community Foundation.


Annual Portland Alumni Party

Posted on: December 6th, 2017

Caldera Alumni Party 2017

Now Hiring: Part-Time Arts Center Maintenance Associate

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

Arts Center Maintenance Associate (Central Oregon)

The Arts Center Maintenance Associate will complete regular facility maintenance and repair; work with Caldera staff to plan for and track/document for building and landscape needs and processes; work with the Arts Center Programs Manager and other leaders to identify, potentially plan and manage larger facilities-and landscape-related projects (major repairs, remodels, new construction, etc.); and attend/participate in monthly staff meetings and occasional organizational events and meetings. This role is part-time and not to exceed ~30 hours/week. Position open until Friday, August 18, 2017 at 5 p.m. Click here to view full job description and instructions on how to apply.



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. 




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



Portland Stories of Change

Posted on: May 12th, 2017


Caldera Honors Nancy Wilgenbusch

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017
Caldera mourns the loss of longtime Board Member Nancy Wilgenbusch, who passed away on February 4. Nancy joined Caldera’s Board of Directors in 2004, and in her years on the board made deep contributions to Caldera’s development. With her background in education and as President of Marylhurst University, she was instrumental in helping shape Caldera’s Youth Program as it grew from a summer program to a year-round program.
Ten years ago, Caldera founder Dan Wieden initiated (and continues to fund) a four-year, full-tuition scholarship for a Caldera youth to attend Marylhurst University. In honor of Nancy’s memory, the fund will be renamed the “Nancy Wilgenbusch Caldera Scholarship.”
DSC_5636“Nancy encouraged me to join Caldera’s board and was so great to work with. She had tremendous passion for our mission and was a formidable fundraiser. My husband considered Nancy the sister he never had. We will miss her terribly,” said Caldera Board Member Barbara McDougall, also a long-time friend of Nancy’s. (Pictured left to right: Duane McDougall, Barbara McDougall, and Nancy Wilgenbusch.)
Nancy was an excellent strategist, fundraiser, and champion of the Caldera staff. “I depended on her for ongoing advice and mentoring,” said Tricia Snell, Caldera’s Executive Director. “We met many times for coffee, outside of regular board activities, just to talk. She was ‘always a phone call away,’ as she used to tell me. She was so darn smart, lively, and loving; our meetings always began with updates about her children and grandchildren, and ended with my walking away with a host of ideas for how to tackle various problems. I will miss her dearly.”
An obituary can be found here.
Nancy’s final generous gesture was to donate her tissue and corneas to others; two blind people will be able to see, and as many as sixty people will be helped by her tissue donation. Her family encourages everyone to become a donor.
While there are no services planned, anyone wanting to honor Nancy can consider making a memorial donation to: Center for Interstitial Lung Disease, University of Washington c/o Dr. Ganesh Raghu, Box 356166, Medical Specialties, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA. 98195. Checks should be made out to UW Center for ILD and “in memory of Nancy Wilgenbusch” should be added in the “Re” line of the check. Contact phone, if needed, is 206-598-4967.

Now Hiring for Caldera’s Next Executive Director

Posted on: February 15th, 2017

Caldera seeks a visionary Executive Director to provide strong strategic leadership to Caldera, give voice to Caldera’s mission and equity work, oversee all organizational operations, and build interest in financial, programmatic, and community-based support for the organization. 


Requirements of the position include an intimate knowledge of the issues affecting Caldera’s youth, high degree of cultural competence, demonstrated ability to support a diverse environment that embraces equity and inclusion, 10+ years professional experience in organizational leadership and coalition-building, demonstrated administrative and management skills, experience working with a Board, exceptional interpersonal and team-building skills, experience with evaluation tools, and ability to develop and manage budgets and interpret financial and investment reports. A related degree is required, and an advanced degree preferred. Experiences in interdisciplinary exploration and life-long learning are highly valued.


We are accepting applications through February 28, 2017. View full position description and directions on how to apply here.


Executive Director, Tricia Snell, Says Farewell to Caldera

Posted on: February 1st, 2017
Tricia Snell with Llama Caldera
Tricia Snell, Caldera’s Executive Director for the past ten years, is stepping down this spring. She said, “It is hard to leave when you are blessed with a deeply creative and supportive community like Caldera. I love Caldera and everyone in it. I’ve learned so much in the past ten years, but it’s a good time for a change. The organization is thriving and I want to focus my energies full-time on my literary life. So, ‘Occupation: Self-Employed Writer’ will be showing up on my tax returns again.” Tricia has published a mixture of fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews in past years, as well as a book, Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies in the United States That Provide Time and Space for Creativity (Allworth Press).
“Caldera has benefited so much from Tricia’s extraordinary leadership,” commented Wes Lawrence, Managing Partner of Evensol and Co-Chair of Caldera’s Board. “She has a heart for Caldera’s kids that is felt organization-wide and all the way to the White House. We will never be the same without her, but we are a much better organization, to the benefit of our youth, because of her.”
Having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, Tricia is proud to leave the organization in a position of strength, with a solid and integral staff and board who are committed to supporting Caldera’s continued success. Over the past year, Tricia led Caldera through a comprehensive strategic planning process, as well as a year-long equity and inclusion training, which will chart a strong sustainable future for the organization.

Under her leadership, Caldera has significantly expanded and strengthened its transformational Youth Program. Highlights include: 


* Building a staff of 20 full-time, highly skilled mentors and administrators who provide Portland and Central Oregon youth with year-round, long-term mentoring and support.


* Integrating an environmental curriculum into Caldera’s arts curriculum, supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and showcased under the Geography of We on our website here.


* Increasing the scope of our Artists in Residence program and integrating it with our Youth Program so that it nurtures both professional artists and Caldera youth.


* With the help of donors, staff, and board, increasing Caldera’s budget from $1.2M to $2.4M and establishing an endowment to support Caldera’s beautiful Arts Center in perpetuity (ensuring that all donations support Caldera’s Youth Program).


* Securing national support for Caldera, including winning a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. That award recognizes Caldera as one of the top youth arts programs in the nation. Tricia travelled to the White House with Caldera youth Alena Nore in 2015 to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

“We are sorry to see her go,” said Dan Wieden, Founder of both Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency and Caldera, and Co-Chair of Caldera’s Board of Directors, “but the people you and I respect the most are often those who eventually need to continue to grow and change the world in amazing new ways. Tricia Snell is that unique character—drop dead smart, addicted to laughing, workaholic. She has altered the lives of about 1,500 underserved youth and stretched the expectations of many other people in Caldera’s community too.”
Caldera’s Board of Directors will launch a national search to find the next Executive Director.  The full job description is posted on our website here and we’re currently accepting applications until February 28.  Tricia will continue to lead Caldera throughout the search and will oversee the transfer of responsibilities. 

Caldera Awarded RACC Project Grant

Posted on: January 24th, 2017
Caldera is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant for one of our 2017 Youth Program In-School Artist Residencies. Caldera was one of 52 nonprofits to receive funding. RACC awarded $733,608 in grants to 92 local artists and nonprofit organizations for artistic projects that will occur in calendar year 2017. 
Caldera received $7,000 for a West African drumming and storytelling week-long artist residency to be held at Open School North this spring.
Several current and former Caldera Artists in Residence (AiR) were also recipients of Project Grants this year, including Sunti Dernovsek, Wynde Dyer, Horatio Law, Pepper Pepper, Jerry Tichleder, Sharita Towne, and Lu Yim. Caldera sends congratulations to all of the artists!
Click here for more information on all the grantees and RACC’s grant program.