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 4th 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 $1 million 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.

ClockWork White: lights and signs

The Museum of Northwest Art presents an exhibition, Clockwork White, by artist Sara Siestreem. This exhibit of contemporary video and photography also features ancestral Indigenous weaving culture. For more information visit MoNA.

April 1- June 11

Óye Oyá

Milagro Theatre presents an original Spanish language musical inspired by the Cuban Zarzuela and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This musical is a journey of love, the power of compassion and forgiveness, and finding home. The musical will be one of the biggest productions ever seen on Milagro’s stage.

April 27- May 27, 2017

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.

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


The Oregon Symphony and Michael Curry bring stage magic to the performance of Stravinskly's tender work and the mythic story of the origin of the seasons. Curry has worked for The Walk Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, and the Olympics. More information and tickets are available here.

May 13-15, 2017 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland

Houseguest, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Houseguest will activate Pioneer Courthouse Square with its fourth Artist in Residence of the 2016-2017 season. Portland Immersive Media Group (P.I.M.G.) will exhibit “You Are Here,” an immersive and interactive virtual reality experience. “You Are Here” will be free and open to the public.

May 26-28, Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-6pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square, FREE.

Choreography XX

Oregon Ballet Theatre presents Choreography XX a world premiere at the Rose Garden Amphitheater at Washington Park. This newly launched competition promoting original work created by North American female choreographers features, work by Gioconda Barbuto, Nicole Haskins and Helen Simoneau, this event is free. Learn More

June 29-30, 2017 at the Rose Garden Amphitheater, Washington Park, FREE

Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival

Five weeks of music featuring performances of newly commissioned classical and contemporary pieces by women. Some events are ticketed others are FREE.  Learn More

June 26- July 30, 2017 

Portland Opera

A west coast premiere of double bill, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion. David Lang's music is paired with the creative direction of Imago Theatre's Artistic Co-Director Jerry Mouawad. Learn More

July 28- August 5, 2017 Newmark Theatre, Portland