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!
Appetizers and drinks provided. Before the panel and workshop, we’ll have a mixer with music provided by LaPaushi.
This event is supported by a Community Grant from The Oregon Community Foundation.
Caldera’s Artists in Residence — Open Studios March 2018
Saturday, March 24
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Coffee and snacks will be served. Program begins at 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
Join Caldera for an afternoon of art and conversation with our January 2018 Artists in Residence. Experience the power of creativity in the warmth of our Arts Center while dynamic and diverse artists, as well as our students, share their work.
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 María Medina, Literary Arts (Seattle, WA)
Heather Sparks, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Please see our 2018 Roster for information about the artists.
Caldera Arts Center
31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97759
To reach our Arts Center, take Hwy. 20 to the Suttle Lake turnoff (16 miles west of Sisters). Follow the road two miles to the Caldera gate and continue through to the Hearth Building.
Saturday, March 17, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Sisters Library, 110 N. Cedar St.
In a time of competing crises and political chaos, it can be hard to know where to focus our attentions, how to steer our ship in a way that feels directed and clear. Our minds are so often fragmented, distracted, full of anxiety. In this evening with writer, artist, and educator Leora Fridman, we’ll talk about Devotion — a word that has fallen out of fashion but that has a lot to teach us in this time. We’ll look specifically at devotion in writing, turning to examples of contemporary experimental writers including Laynie Browne and Rachel Zucker for writing exercises that give us examples of what it means to devote ourselves, and through writing, develop practices that help us devote ourselves more broadly, as opposed to tuning out and detaching.
Leora Fridman is a writer and educator, author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapbooks, and is currently at work on an essay collection. A 2017 Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Books, her poems, prose and translations appear or are forthcoming in the Rumpus, Tricycle Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Open Space, Denver Quarterly, jubilat and jacket2. Leora holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and from Brown University, and has taught in universities, homes and community organizations across the country.
You can also hear from Leora and the other March AiR at our public Open Studios event on March 17. Click here for more info.
Saturday, February 17, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd.
In this workshop, you will make your own one-page comic that highlights a medical experience that affected you as a patient, caregiver, or medical professional. This workshop will help you tell your story, which can be a path towards personal healing, helping others understand a condition, or showing a new perspective on a healthcare experience. This class is accessible to all skill levels since we will use simple shapes to create drawings and tell stories in our own voices. The first two hours will be workshop, and the last hour will be optional studio time for participants to continue working on their projects with support from Eroyn.
Eroyn Franklin has been making comics for the last decade and has written many short works and two graphic novels, Detained and Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory. She sees stories and images, not as two separate parts, but elements that are intrinsically tied and act as one language. She learned this language from her sister, Tory Franklin, who is also a visual storyteller and a vital influence. They grew up blending their personal and creative worlds–so homes became art venues, friendships turned into collectives, and arts organizing led Eroyn to co-found Short Run Seattle, an arts nonprofit. That fundamental belief in intertwining community and art drove her to seek collaborations with her partner, sister, and many friends. Whether making things alone or in tandem, she moves fluidly between mediums and sizes ranging from miniature books to public art.
You can also hear from Eroyn and the other February AiR at our public Open Studios event on February 24. Click here for more info.
Saturday, January 20, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St.
Now more than ever, readers need a laugh. At its core, comedy is an art of defying expectations, and all writers, whether you’re interested in writing comedy or not, benefit from defying expectations. This course will deconstruct funny scenes and passages in recent fiction and use these examples as guides to help you bring the funny to your work and defy the expectations of your readers.
Leland Cheuk, a MacDowell Colony fellow, authored The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (CCLaP, 2015), a novel, and Letters from Dinosaurs (Thought Catalog, 2016), stories. His work has been covered in VICE, The Millions, and The Rumpus, and appears or is forthcoming in Salon, Catapult, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Leland teaching fiction workshops at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute and the New York Writers Coalition. He lives in Brooklyn.
You can also hear from Leland and the other January AiR at our public Open Studios event on January 27. Click here for more info.
Caldera welcomes cultural ambassadors OneBeat to Central Oregon this fall. OneBeat is a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. The OneBeat fellows this year are 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries who are coming together to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies.
OneBeat kicks off their month-long US tour with an in-depth two and a half week residency at Caldera Arts Center. Caldera’s artist residencies allow musicians and other artists time and space away from their usual environment and obligations to reflect, research, test, and create while living and immersing themselves in our land and facilities on Blue Lake near Sisters, Oregon. OneBeat fellows will be creating musical events for specific spaces, sites, and communities that go beyond the typical concert tour. Its work will embody the spirit of creative collaboration and of music as social practice.
During their residency at Caldera, OneBeat will perform for the local community on Saturday, September 30 at The Belfry in Sisters ($10 adults, $5 students), and on Friday, October 6 at The Suttle Lodge in Sisters (free admission). Both performances will be begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.
Additionally, youth Caldera serves through its year-round program will have an opportunity to collaborate with OneBeat during the residency. They will share their combined musical creativity at Caldera’s annual Stories of Change fundraiser on Saturday, October 7 at the Caldera Arts Center. Seating is limited and tickets are available by contacting Michelle Meyer, Development Director, at Michelle.Meyer@CalderaArts.org or 503.937.3065.
“It’s a unique experience for Caldera youth to partner with these talented musicians from all over the globe. In addition to the creative and musical collaboration, we hope that the students and the community come away with a greater understanding of how music can help us engage civically and build healthy communities, prosperous societies, and a more peaceful world,” said Caldera Executive Director Brian Detman.
This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku Phiri; Aisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belorussian producer and singer Natalia Kuznetskaya.
OneBeat previously visited Caldera in 2015 for a three-day residency where their fellows presented workshops and performances in the community of Warm Springs, as well as at Pilot Butte Middle School and Sisters Middle School. They also did a community performance in Sisters that was co-presented by Caldera and the Sisters Folk Festival. “It’s an honor to host and work with OneBeat again. We hope to continue this fantastic partnership for years to come,” said Detman.
OneBeat uses person-to-person interaction, improvisation, and collaboration to encourage and refresh international ties between Americans, American artists, and creative minds from all over the world. It’s a grassroots way to build a different kind of diplomatic dialogue that deepens trust, builds networks, and creates opportunities that promote entrepreneurship and creative leaders.
“There is so much talk fueled by fear and anger these days, delivered incessantly through our phones, laptops, televisions. It’s imperative to counter these narratives, and to me that means interacting with people face to face, trying our best to connect in deeply honest, sometimes challenging ways,” says Found Sound Nation’s Elena Moon Park. “The process of collaboratively creating original music and art does this — it necessitates dialogue and compromise, listening and sharing, vulnerability and humility.”
After Central Oregon, OneBeat will continue their tour with stops in Idaho (in partnership with Treefort Music Festival and the City of Boise), Wyoming (in partnership with Jackson’s KHOL radio), and Colorado, concluding in a series of special events coordinated with Ft. Collins’ bustling local scene.
OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. Since its inaugural year in 2012, OneBeat has invited 140 musicians from 41 countries and territories to the U.S., visited 26 U.S. communities in 14 states, produced 75 free and low-cost public performances for more than 25,000 people in the United States, and collaborated with over 5,500 students, teachers, and leaders in U.S. schools and community organizations. More information can be found here: http://1beat.org.
OneBeat 2017 Event Schedule
CENTRAL OREGON: Presented in partnership with Caldera
Saturday, October 7: Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), Stories of Change Fundraiser. (Tickets must be purchased prior to event.)
BOISE, ID: Presented in partnership with Treefort and City of Boise
Tuesday, October 10: Linen Building
Wednesday, October 11: The Olympic
JACKSON, WY: Presented in partnership with KHOL radio
Friday, October 13: Center for the Arts
FORT COLLINS, CO: Presented in partnership with The Music District
Thursday, October 19: The Lincoln Center
Friday, October 20: Colorado State University
Friday, October 20: Live film score at The Lyric
Friday, October 20: The Artery
Saturday, October 21: The Armory
Saturday, October 21: The Lyric Afterparty
Plus a week of film screenings at The Lyric and interactive public events throughout downtown Fort Collins Thursday–Saturday.