Caldera Crafts Powerful Change in Young People


PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy of Caldera Arts

Central Oregon at-risk youth with limited opportunities have greatly benefited from Caldera’s long-time mission to be a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth. Founded in 1996 by Dan Wieden (co-founder of the Portland, Oregon-based international advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy) and his family, the innovative, year-round art and environmental camp continues to nurture creativity and by doing so has transformed hundreds of young people who grew and prospered by developing their own self-expression and self-worth.

Caldera, not just a onetime program, works with the students for seven years, though high school and into early adulthood. Numerous inspiring stories can be told of at-risk youth who set out from Caldera to make a difference in their own lives while uplifting their families and communities. They have become change agents of positive influence.

caldera2Every year Caldera supports over 430 youth from Central Oregon and Portland, integrating over 100 professional youth workers, artists and environmental specialists as mentors and teachers. In 2015, Caldera received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama, recognizing Caldera as one of the top youth arts programs in the nation.

Every summer, over 150 students and staff pack their bags and head out to the Caldera Arts Center for three eight- to ten-day camp sessions. They connect with their campmates and immerse themselves in various arts workshops, explore nature, build community and dive into the depths of their unique creative voices.

Summer camp at Caldera has all the makings similar to your own youth camp experiences: campfires, camp songs, nature hikes, challenge courses and lake activities. Except this camp consists of professional teaching artists, naturalists and mentors who change lives. Imagine the opportunities to delve, for the first time in a safe and welcoming environment, into music/audio production, visual arts, photography, dance, theatre, filmmaking, comics, drumming and creative writing.

On Saturday evening, October 7 you can join other Central Oregonians at Caldera for the annual Stores of Change dinner and performances by Caldera students. The facility itself will astonish you — an architectural marvel that fits so beautifully in the surrounding Deschutes National Forest! The Arts Center is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the shores of Blue Lake in the Cascade Mountain Range, 16 miles west of Sisters, Oregon.

It’s a creative place of enduring appeal, a healing environment, an uplifting space set in the middle of a beautiful forest near a dazzling lake.
For a ticket to Stories of Change contact Michelle Meyer, Caldera development director, at
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OneBeat Collaborates  with Caldera
onebeatOneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative music creation as a potent form of cultural diplomacy.
In a time when politics has left us with a fractured world, music has a special power to tie together our disparate communities, retracing our common histories, and re-affirming our common humanity, empathy and creativity. In this spirit, OneBeat convenes 25 musical changemakers from around the world to create and perform new work in the U.S. and explore how artists and institutions can work together to rejuvenate local economies through music, technology and the creative arts.

More than a music festival or a simple exchange, OneBeat is an incubator for new forms of musical expression, a hatchery for novel ways to use music as a tool for the betterment of our communities and an ever-growing web of interconnected artists and change-makers.

This fall, in partnership with Caldera Arts and local community organizations, OneBeat brings this unique program to Central Oregon for an intensive residency and a series of performances, interactive installations, discussions and workshops.
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