Founded 
1996
Duration 
1 month
Paid by host 

Depending on funding, Caldera may make stipends available to attending residents. For more information about stipends, contact Elizabeth Quinn.

Paid by artist 

Residents are responsible for food, travel, materials, and other expenses.

Caldera

Caldera

Description 

Caldera launched in 1996 as an arts camp in the mountains. The idea was to bring together youth with limited opportunities, from both the city and from the country, to make art. Youth who said they couldn’t draw or write or keep a rhythm found out they were artists. Youth who had never been that far from a town or a city found that hiking was fun and, even more, that they could use their creativity to solve life problems or care for the forest and rivers. Over the years, the Caldera students became creative change agents, not only in the Caldera community, but also in the schools and communities where they live. They influenced their siblings, friends, teachers, parents, and the Caldera staff—in other words, pretty much everyone around them. Caldera’s Youth Program has been named one of the top 50 youth development organizations in the country—four times—by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.


Caldera now nurtures artists too, through their Artists in Residence Program that helps artists create their work, as well as support the youth. We have learned that artists who get time to focus on their own work become better teachers. Likewise, artists who mentor youth become better artists. Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborative groups are awarded the gift of time and space at thel Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon, for month-long residencies.

Residencies are open to national and international artists in any discipline including 2-D, 3-D, installation, film, digital, photography, music, dance, theater, and literary, as well as creative thinkers in engineering, design, and the sciences, who have emerged and established themselves beyond university training. Caldera also accommodates parent-artists.

Outcome 

Artists are not required to finish a project during their residency, but they share their work with the local community at the Open Studios events at the end of each month.

Accommodation Information 

Residents are provided a private cabin (two walk-up log cabins and five A-frame cabins available) with sleeping loft, living room/work area, kitchenette, bathroom, and a porch overlooking Link Creek or with a view of Blue Lake from their windows. Cabins are heated by woodstove (with chopped wood provided) and electric heat. The kitchens have a coffeepot, two-burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator, dishes, and pots and pans. Once a week, dinner provided by Caldera, is shared as a group.

Studio Information 
  • In the Hearth Building there is rehearsal and performance space, a mixing board, sound booth, speakers, a projector and large screen, and a well-equipped commercial kitchen. There is also shared access to wet and dry studios that house a darkroom, two kilns, 18” x 36” etching press, and large blank walls.
  • Campbell Studio is a semi-private space that holds two studios for visual artists of all kinds. One side of Campbell Studio has two kilns, drying shelves, a work table, sink and counter; the other side has large walls, a work table, a large and small sink and counters.
  • Studio B has large walls, a sink, counter, work table, a darkroom and the etching press. Both studios include natural light and large loft spaces above the main floor.
Address: 
224 NW 13th Avenue,
Suite 304
Portland, OR 97209
United States
CALDERA (Blue Lake Facility)
31500 Blue Lake Drive
Sisters, OR 97759
United States
Telephone 
503.937.3061
Fax 
503.937.3085

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