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Mission Statement

Caldera is a nonprofit arts education organization with a mission to foster creativity among underserved youth and adults. Programs take place in schools and community centers thoughout Portland and Central Oregon, and at Caldera's Blue Lake facility in the Oregon Cascades.


Since 1996, Caldera has provided high-caliber arts instruction to thousands of underserved young people from Portland and Central Oregon. All of Caldera's youth programs are free and many kids return year after year, deepening their arts knowledge and skills. Kids with limited resources work with artists at life-changing summer retreats at Blue Lake. During the school year, artists reunite with students in their home schools. Through art, music, dance, creative writing and moving-image arts, kids build self-confidence and get a sense of who they are and who they might become.



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by Megan F. (2012-10-26 07:41:09.0)
Intrigued by Caldera, I drove to Sisters, Oregon and toured the facility. Set on a cornflower blue lake, with teepees for the kids to sleep, a rustic outdoor eating area, and fully loaded art studios, the camp seemed idillic. On the hillside overlooking the camp is an incredible home. Built by some famous architect, the several thousand sq ft home boasts a chef's kitchen, huge fireplace, a hot tub, etc. This is where the founder of caldera resides during the summer. The person giving us the tour told a "cute" story about how the underprivileged, minority children attending the camp wondered who the "rich white guy" was living in the huge house above camp. Yuck. That seems to be the philosophy of the organization, "let's help these poor black kids while we flaunt our wealth". The BOD is full of the founders friends who donate $10k to each others non-profits while attending lavish, decadent fundraisers. They care more about stroking their own egos than helping kids in need. Disgusting.