Creative Heights

OCF developed this initiative in recognition of the need for artists and cultural organizations to test new ideas and stretch their creative capacity.

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The Creative Heights initiative provides opportunities for artists and cultural organizations to stretch their creative capacity, share new works and test new ideas. The initiative aims to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality while supporting unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture. 

Creative Heights grants are for the creation and/or presentation of new and innovative performances, exhibitions, programs, and other works of art and culture. OCF will select up to 12 projects annually with grants ranging from $25,000 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. Funds can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, folk & traditional arts, film/video/media, literary arts, museum exhibitions, humanities, music, theatre & performance arts, history & heritage, and multidisciplinary or emerging fields. Projects should provide opportunities for the artists, collaborators, and curators involved to learn something new.


2018 Grantees

A list of 2018 Creative Heights grantees is available here.

2017 Grantees

A list of 2017 Creative Heights grantees is available here.

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.

Winter Chamber Music

The Winter Chamber Music Festival on Saturday, February 16th, will feature a variety of small ensembles performing chamber works paired with wine and hors d'oeuvres. The evening will feature the world premier of a commissioned piece of music by Raven Chacon. 

Raven Chacon hails from the Navajo Nation, has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project and is a former member of the American Indian arts collective Postcommodity which has had their work displayed internationally. His compositions have been performed by the Arizona Opera, the Kronos Quartet, and Ensemble Music New Mexico. The commissioned work will feature both Symphony musicians and youth from the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Mr. Chacon will visit Pendleton for a three week period leading up the performance where he will be producing a series of prints based off the score at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts and coach musicians performing the commissioned work.

  • Saturday February 16th


Profile Theatre: World Premiere Commission of New Work by Ping Chong+ Company

In February of 2019 Profile Theatre will present our first-ever world premiere commission.

An ambitious project exploring healthcare and chronic illness created with world-renowned theatre artist and National Medal of Arts awardee Ping Chong + Company. Created in collaboration with the Community Profile program. For more information visit Profile Theatre

  • February 8-17, 2019 

Oregon Humanities: This Land

This Land is an online multimedia project that collects and connects stories about land, home, belonging, and identity by Oregon's communities of color. The project uses film, words, maps, photos, sounds and graphics by artists and writers of color to build broader understanding of how policies and laws shape systems of power and land ownership in Oregon's past and present. The project launched in Feb 2017 and is available online at

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble presents From Maxville to Vanport

"From Maxville to Vanport," featuring vocalist Marilyn Keller with music by Ezra Weiss and lyrics by S. Renee Mitchell, is available today for purchase on Bandcamp—digital download and CD—and for streaming on Spotify and elsewhere. The release of the album is another major milestone in what has turned out to be an long and incredible journey that has connected people across the state, and across the divides of zip codes and race to gain a better understanding of Oregon's shared history.

There will be two performances of  From Maxville to Vanport again in February in Corvallis, and March in Portland! To purchase tickets and see more information please visit The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble here

  • Thursday Feb 28th at 7pm @ OSU Memorial Ballroom - Corvallis
  • Sunday Mar 3rd at 7pm @ Mission Theater - Portland