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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The Creative Heights initiative provides opportunities for artists and cultural creatives 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.

August Wilson Red Door Project presents COP OUT: Beyond Black, White & Blue

Cop Out , a series of monologues the Red Door has been developing for the last year, is set to officially premiere in the early winter. The play is a series of monologues based on interviews with law enforcement officers. Created by writers from across the country, the monologues depict cops of all ranks and experience as they interact with the community, each other, their families, and the institutions they represent. Visit the August Wilson Red Door Project for more information

  • Friday Nov 30th at 7:30pm  @ Self Enhancement Inc. 
  • Saturday Dec 1st at  7:30pm    @ Self Enhancement Inc.
  • Sunday Dec 2nd at 2:00pm  @ Self Enhancement Inc. 

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