2015 Creative Heights Grants

9/15/2015 Press Release

In 2015, $1 million is being invested statewide in the Creative Heights initiative by OCF. Fourteen Oregon nonprofits received  grants. The Creative Heights initiative is a $4 million, five-year investment by OCF in arts and culture organizations around Oregon. Creative Heights grants recognize the need for arts and culture organizations throughout the state to test new ideas, stretch their creative capacity, and provide unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture.

The following arts and culture nonprofits received Creative Heights grants in 2015:

  • Britt Festivals, Medford – $40,000 to commission a new orchestral work inspired by Crater Lake National Park for the Britt Festival Orchestra's 2016 summer festival.
  • Hollywood Theatre, Portland – $125,000 to transform an outdated business center at the Portland International Airport into a multimedia arts space. The grant will facilitate experimentation, innovation and critical pedagogy via inspired collaborations between regional, national and international artists.
  • Imago Theatre, Portland – $25,000 to create and present an adaptation of La Belle, The Lost Art of the Automaton, incorporating puppetry, special effects, automata and song to retell the classic fairytale all within the confines of a ship engine room.
  • Lewis & Clark College, Portland – $35,000 to create and mount The Works, a monumental installation of mechanical artwork, lighting and sound by Bill Will that creates a dramatic experiential environment.
  • Miracle Theatre Group, Portland – $95,000 to create Corazon de Cuba, a new musical based on the traditions of the 20th century Cuban zarzuela, which will illuminate the tremendous political shifts currently occurring in Cuba and its relationship to the United States.
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland – $125,000 to create a new, outdoor OBT summer performance program, featuring world premiere work from three female choreographers and curated by a panel of local leaders in the arts/dance community.
  • Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland – $15,000 to produce Spells, a September 2015 exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery of a new, innovative photo/text project created by Portland author, Peter Rock, in collaboration with five photographers, and support the tour of this exhibition to select visual arts venues in Oregon.
  • Oregon Humanities, Portland – $110,000 for Your Land My Land, a multimedia project that uses video, audio, words and images to explore the policies and legislation that resulted in the historical loss of land and power by communities of color in Oregon.
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland – $100,000 for Houseguest, a platform for Oregon artists to experiment with new forms of interactive and socially engaged participatory art. The platform will build an innovative, replicable blueprint for creative engagement in the public sphere.
  • Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Portland – $19,000 to produce three radio documentary pieces with original jazz music that tell the stories of unsung Oregonians for broadcast on the KOPB and KMHD networks and for live performance in Portland, Hood River and Astoria.
  • Portland Opera, Portland – $120,000 to present a double bill of two David Lang operas in May 2017, directed by Jerry Mouawad of Imago Theatre, in collaboration with Chamber Music Northwest.
  • RASIKA, Hillsboro – $70,000 to create and premiere DUALITY, a dance theatre performance investigating the ever-deepening Indian immigrant dilemma of culture and identity – western and eastern, traditional and contemporary.
  • Spring Creek Project, Corvallis – $95,000 to commission renowned DJ and composer Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) to compose music celebrating the art and science of iconic Oregon forests; debut and record a performance with the OSU Wind Ensemble; then create and tour a multimedia performance.
  • VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project, Portland – $26,000 to support a collaborative art project between day laborers associated with VOZ and local artists, including the creation of a screen-printing project and the establishment of a screen-printing shop.