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 Jazz Composers Ensemble: From Maxville to Vanport- A Celebration of Oregon's Black History

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble’s (PJCE’s) concert of original songs and film shorts is inspired by the stories of the multicultural populations of Maxville and Vanport. This collection of songs and short films produced by composer Ezra Weiss with writer and speaker S. Renee Mitchell providing lyrics and vocalist Marilyn Keller performing with the PJCE accompanied by shorts by filmmaker Kalimah Abioto celebrates the shared history of African-American Oregonians, focusing on two towns that represent distinctive viewpoints of the state’s under-discussed Black history. Tickets to PCJE’s concerts are on sale now and are available online at

  • April 12–14, 2018 in La Grande, Enterprise, and Baker City
  • May 26, 2018 at Portland, Oregon’s Vanport Mosaic Festival