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.
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:
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.
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.
Caldera is once again offering a professional development opportunity for Oregon high-school and middle-school teachers in a beautiful setting with top-rate arts instructors and arts integration specialists. Teachers are eligible for 15 PDUs and one credit of continuing education through Oregon State University – Cascades Campus (teachers must register with OSU separately).
Caldera’s Arts Integration Symposium is a special opportunity to:
– Be inspired by the arts
– Learn new ways to use the arts in your classroom
– Celebrate all that you bring to students
– Meet teachers from around the state
Teachers will participate in two workshops over the weekend. Workshop options include: 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 David Ciminello. Workshops will also be lead by arts integration specialists Kit Stafford and Perrin Boyd.
The Caldera Arts Center is located in Central Oregon on the shores of Blue Lake, 16 miles west of Sisters. Meals, workshops, overnight, and accommodations are provided free of charge. Preference for overnight accommodations are given to teachers from Warm Springs and Portland. There is a non-refundable $35 reservation fee and participants are required to attend both days. If five teachers from the same school register, the fifth teacher reservation fee is free. If you have previously attended or are an art teacher, we require that you attend with a teacher in another discipline from your school. To register and/or inquire about earning credit for attendance at the Symposium, please contact Alisha Orefice, Education Operations Manager, at 503-937-3062 or email her at Alisha.Orefice@CalderaArts.org.
3 p.m. / Arrival for overnight guests
6 p.m. / Dinner for overnight guests
8 a.m. / Breakfast
9–11 a.m. / Welcome, intros, and arts integration activity lead by Kit Stafford & Perrin Boyd
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. / Arts workshops (8-12 participants in each)
1–2 p.m. / Lunch and studio time
2 – 3:30pm / Return to arts workshops
4 p.m. / Sharing and integration discussion
6 p.m. / Dinner for overnight guests
9 a.m. / Breakfast
10–11:30 a.m. / Arts workshops (8-12 participants in each)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. / Lunch and studio time
12:30–2 p.m. / Return to arts workshops
2 p.m. / Closing circle
3:30 p.m. / Departure
Arts and the Environment by instructors from OMSI and PNCA
Drumming the Land by Catón Lyles
Photography and Seeing Like an Animal by Julie Keefe
The Transformative Power of Poetry by David Ciminello
Instructor & Facilitators’ Bios
ANNE ARMSTRONG – Outdoor Educator (OMSI)
As a child who regularly attended summer camp, a natural first job for Anne Armstrong was camp counselor. Following that were years of seasonal work at camps across the country, a degree in Parks and Recreation Management and many hours of teaching and supervising environmental education programing. Anne joined OMSI Outdoors in 2008 and when, in 2016, OMSI built a new outdoor science education facility in Newport, Oregon, she shifted there to be the facility and program manager. Anne’s goals for The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray are based around the concept that science is a lifelong skill; the resources of Oregon Coast giving context to why we, as citizens in neighborhood, city, state and global communities, all need to be science literate.
CATÓN LYLES – Musician, Educator, and Camp Caldera Manager
Catón is an accomplished Pacific Northwest artist who has been featured on national and international television, in commercials, documentaries, and episodic programming. Catón has also been adjunct faculty with several youth organizations and colleges, including PSU, Impacting Kids First in Vancouver, WA; Grace Institute Art Camp and the Student Alliance Project. Catón was on the advisory committee for the award winning Vancouver School of Arts and Academics where he was a staff member for a dozen years. During that time, he also delivered hands-on West African based programming for Vancouver School District’s elementary schools. At present, Catón is a paraeducator working with special education behavior students for Portland Public Schools and a faculty member of Young Musicians and Artists, Caldera, and Friends of the Children. As a founding member of Kukatonon African Dance Troupe, that began 30 years ago at Woodlawn Elementary School, he continues to be a staff participant.
JULIE KEEFE – Photographer, Educator, and Caldera Teaching Artist
For over twenty years, Julie has worked as a professional documentary photographer in Portland, combining writing and photography. Eighteen years ago, she became interested in working with children and began developing curriculum to teach how to share students’ individual and collective voices using photography and writing. Julie has been a teaching artist with Caldera for 20 years and was Portland’s first Creative Laureate.
DAVID CIMINELLO – Writer and Educator
David’s fiction has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award winning anthology “Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City”, “The Frozen Moment: Contemporary Writers on the Choices That Change Our Lives”, the literary journal “Lumina”, the online anthology “Underwater New York” and on Broadcastr. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Northwest. He is a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction and a proud recipient of a 2013 annual Table 4 Writers Foundation grant. His original screenplay Bruno appears on DVD as The Dress Code. As an actor he has guest starred on Seinfeld, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, and Kojak. As a screenwriter he has written for HBO, 20th Century Fox, and Aaron Spelling Productions. David holds a BFA Degree in Acting from The Catholic University of America and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.
PERRIN BOYD – Arts Integration Specialist & Teaching Artist, Theatre Arts
Perrin utilizes her Masters of Arts in Teaching and her experience as a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to provide quality educational experiences. Perrin excels at curriculum collaborations, new projects that allow teachers, student,s and her to grow. Her passion is enabling children to realize their creative potential in an environment rich with diverse learning opportunities.
KIT STAFFORD – Arts Integration Specialist, Teaching Artist, Writer and Dancer
Kit hosts a vast variety of collaborative projects that bring community together. ARTS Discovery is a program she offers for underserved middle school youth. Her students experience many forms of art through hands-on workshops where they are directed toward becoming leaders in their own very challenging lives. Kit also directs Camp Sunrise, a hospice camp for grieving children. She is deeply involved in work with the Sisters Folk Festival, including its educational outreach and community celebrations.
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.
Caldera celebrates its 20th year of programming by announcing three dynamic and diverse groups of Artists in Residence (AiR). Every winter Caldera is honored to welcome artists from around the world for month-long stays at its Arts Center on Blue Lake in Central Oregon. Residencies are awarded based on a competitive application process open to artists from all disciplines. Residencies are a crucial part of the artistic process for many artists, giving them time and space away from the distractions of daily life to focus on their craft. In 2017, residents will create new works in dance, sculpture, culinary arts, fiber arts, theatre, 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. Select AiR will teach workshops or host presentations to middle and high school students in Central Oregon, including a special week-long documentary film workshop in Warm Springs by Jamie Howell of Leavenworth, WA. Howell’s residency is made possible by a collaboration between Caldera, BendFilm and The Museum at Warm Springs.
This year, for the first time, Artists in Residence will provide free, public workshops in Sisters and Bend. Workshops will include memoir writing, arts for social activism, somatic poetry, and more. Details and registration information will be available mid-December. Maesie Speer, Caldera Facilities Program Manager, says, “We are excited to expand the opportunities for Central Oregonians to engage with our artists who come from all over the country to be inspired by the place we call home. These artists are not only advancing their own work, but are deeply committed to teaching and engaging with community.”
Caldera’s Artists in Residence Program is one of the few in the nation that supports parent artists by allowing children and an additional caretaker to accompany an artist during their stay. Caldera Creative Director Elizabeth Quinn notes that, “As a nonprofit committed to the development of young people, we see the support of parent artists as a natural extension of our work. It’s critical that our programs are as accessible as possible to all artists and supportive of their families.”
The last Saturday of each month of residencies (January 28, February 25, and March 25) the Caldera Arts Center (31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters) opens its doors to the public from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. for AiR Open Studios when Artists in Residence and youth share their work with the public through presentations and performances. This event is free and light refreshments will be served.
2017 Caldera Artists in Residence Roster
Lauren Chandler, culinary arts, Portland, OR
Shelby Davis, sculpture, Portland, OR
Genevieve Hudson, prose, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dain Mergenthaler, installation, Brooklyn, NY
Tomas Moniz, prose, Berkeley, CA
Kaj-anne Pepper, performance, Portland, OR
Annesofie Sandal, sculpture/video, New York, NY
Crystal Schenk, sculpture, Portland, OR
Esperanza Cortes, sculpture, New York, NY
Michael Crenshaw, music, Portland, OR
Christopher Kuhl, performing arts design, Los Angeles, CA
Rachel Mauser, book arts, Louisville, KY
Jeanne Medina, fiber arts/performance, Richmond, VA
Zoe Aja Moore, theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Dean Spade, prose/video/activism, Seattle, WA
Lindsay Wong, prose, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Kate Bredeson, theatre history, Portland, OR
Rachael Dichter, dance, San Francisco, CA
Saideh Eftekhari, music, San Francisco, CA
Allie Hankins, dance, Portland, OR
Jamie Howell, film, Leavenworth, WA
Zoe Keller, illustration, Portland, OR
Michelle Peñaloza, poetry, Seattle, WA
Sherrie Wolf, painting, Portland, OR
For more information about each Caldera’s 2017 Artists in Residence, please see the current roster in the Artists in Residence section of our website. Applications for 2018 Artists in Residence will be open mid-January 2017.