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.


NW Dance Project presents CARMEN as you've never imagined. Choreographer Ihsan Rustem's full-length work, a commission from NW Dance Project comes complete with original costumes and an elaborate set. Learn more.

March 16-18, 7:30 p.m. at Newmark Theatre

DUALITY: Dance Ballet of India

Jayanthi Raman of Rasika's magnum opus Indian musical dance production about the Indian immigrant experience, features an international cast of 14 dancers (from Delhi, Chennai-India and the US), an original musical score and creative costuming and lighting. The performance, which is lead by Portland choreographer and performer Jayanthi Raman, will be one night only. Learn more

March 19, 2017: 4 pm 

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.

Apri 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.

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