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.

Rising Star Performance

This November, Portland Piano International presents a free Rising Star Performance by Sara Daneshpour. Sara will premier new work by Oregon composer Jack Gabel titled Sturnella negleta. Rising star performers are up-and-coming pianists who are selected from universities and conservatories around the world. The composer, Jack Gable, is an Oregonian and will be present at most performances.

November 3-6, 2016 with performances in McMinnville, Portland and Hood River.

Heart of a Forest

Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forest, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist. This piece was composed during four seasonal residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades. This project is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project and the four regional host organizations (Fishtrap, World Forestry Center, Newport Performing Arts Center, and High Desert Museum).

November 6-11, 2016 with performances in Enterprise, Portland, Newport and Bend.


This November, Houseguest will activate Pioneer Courthouse Square with Artists in Residence Ralph Pugay and Ariana Jacob. They will install S.A.D. Park, the world's first park created for people with seasonal affective disorder. 

November 18-20, 2016 in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland. Free and open to the public.

La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton

Imago Theatre's long anticipated telling of Beauty and the Beast comes to life with puppetry, shadow theatre, a multitude of effects, song, drama, and comedy. A giant work of art with over 100 little machines.

Dec 9, 2016- Jan 8, 2017

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.