Creative Heights

OCF developed this initiative 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 5th year of Creative Heights Grants. Through initiative, 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.  
OCF will fund up to 12 projects 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. 

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.

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 Center Stage: Astoria 

Continuing the ambitious adventure of Part One, which told the stories of the Astor expeditions by land and sea to establish trade routes to the Pacific Northwest, Part Two is about the extraordinary endeavors that lead to the establishment of Astoria, the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast. Special reprise performances of Astoria: Part One will be offered as a special engagement January 13, 14, 16 and 17. Experience the full story as a one-day marathon on February 11, 15 or 17. Visit for tickets and showtimes

January 20- February 18, 2018

Artists Repertory Theatre: Magellanica 

In 1985, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. In the darkest, coldest, most dangerous place on Earth, eight imperfect souls are trapped together. Utterly isolated from the outside world for eight and a half months, this research team must face life or death challenges, their own inner demons and depend upon each other for survival.Visit for tickets and showtimes

January 20- February 18, 2018

Portland Piano International: Isata Kanneh-Mason

Isata’s performances include the premiere of a new work by Oregon composer, Darrell Grant. The new work is titled Darker Angels. Rising Star performances are open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

January 25-27, various location in Portland

Portland Youth Philharmonic: Voices of Light

A screening of Carl Dreyer's silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc accompanied by Richard Einhorn's oratorio Voices of Light. Featuring live performances and part of the NW Film Center's Reel Music Festival. Visit for more information

January 26, 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Portland Playhouse: Scarlet

Funny, sweet, heroic, musical, Scarlet manages to stay true to history and Nathaniel Hawthorne's feminist novel, The Scarlet Letter. It's a heart-wrenching tale of two star-crossed lovers and a scorned husband who is consumed with hatred. This moving story is about an independent woman whose sole purpose in life is to protect her child. A world premiere musical in partnership with Bitch Media and PHAME. Check out for ticket and showtimes.

February 28- March 25

Portland Gay Men's Chorus: Pacific Voices

Pacific Voices features songs from across the many unique cultures of the Pacific, including original works and new translations. PGMC is honored to welcome the Beijing Queer Chorus—China’s only LGBTQ chorus—to Portland as a very special guest for this show.  Check out for ticket and showtimes.

March 17-18, Kaul Auditorium Reed College