Creative Heights

OCF developed this four-year initiative (2014 - 2017) in recognition of the need for arts and culture organizations to test new ideas and stretch their creative capacity.

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In recognition of the need for performing and visual artists and other cultural creatives to test new ideas, stretch their creative capacity, and take creative risks, The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) announces the 3rd year of Creative Heights Grants. Through this four-year initiative (2014-2017), OCF aims to provide artists and other cultural creatives an opportunity to stretch their creative practice, provide unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture, and to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality.  
Up to $1million is available this cycle, and OCF will fund up to 20 projects with grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 per project. OCF is interested in reviewing proposals for a range of funding levels and timelines to best serve the needs of the particular project. 

2016 Grantees

A list of 2016 Creative Heights grantees is available here.

2015 Grantees

We are pleased to announce 2015 Creative Heights funding for 14 projects across Oregon. A full list of grantee projects is available here.

2014 Grantees

A list of 2014 Creative Heights grantees is available here.

Upcoming Grantee Events Additional events will be added as details become available.


Houseguest presents artist Libby Werbel who will install a week-long, build-it-ourselves outdoor modern art museum in Pioneer Courthouse Square as part of the Time Based Art Festival. Through Portland Museum of Modern Art (PMOMA), Werbel aims to draw a direct link between Portland's lack of a contemporary art museum and the impressive output of the creative community and inspire dialogue around the notion of the 'museum' itself.

The installation will be on display on Saturday & Sunday September 10 & 11, 11:00am- 7:00pm with a performance series on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:00 pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square. 


Art for a Nation: Inspiration for the Great Depression

The High Desert Museum presents  an interdisciplinary exhibition exploring the arts and WPA projects during the Great Depression, accompanied by commissioned work by Oregon artists.

Open: April 16- October 2, 2016



An immigrant experience 
"Duality: An immigrant experience" A musical dance production
A musical dance production that highlights the experience of immigrants from India who have made Oregon their home in past 40-50 years. The concert is supported by Creative Heights grant for Rasika from the Oregon Community Foundation. The concept, artistic director and choreographer of the concert is Portland artist Jayanthi Raman working with an international cast.
Friday, September 23 at the Newmark Theater (Portland, OR)

The Talented Ones

Artists Repertory Theater presents The Talented Ones by award-winning playwright Yussef El Guindi. In this new play immigrants Cindy and Omar face their thwarted dreams in this surprisingly funny dark comedy.

Apri 25- May 21, 2017: Tickets available at Artists Rep box office 503-241-1278.