Supporting new and innovative performances, exhibitions and programs
The Creative Heights initiative provides opportunities for artists and culture bearers 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 award up to $1 million in projects annually with grants from $10,000 to $100,000 per project.
OCF considers 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 and traditional arts, film/video/media, literary arts, museum exhibitions, humanities, music, theater and performance arts, history and heritage, and multidisciplinary or emerging fields. Projects should provide opportunities for the lead artists, organizations, or collaborators, to take risks and learn something new.
Celebrating a Decade of Reaching Creative Heights in Oregon
For nearly a decade, OCF’s Creative Heights initiative has stood apart in the state’s arts landscape for the size of the grants (up to $100,000), the ambition those grants fuel, and the risks they allow artists to take.Learn More
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Creative Heights Snapshot
What happens when artists and culture bearers receive early investment to stretch their practices and work in new ways when developing work? OCF documented findings from the Creative Heights Initiative - built to create capacity and confidence of artists, creatives, and non-profits looking to stretch their creative practice, and encourage support for promising new work.
There are no other funding sources in Oregon supporting the creation, development, and presentation of new contemporary art and innovative cultural projects at this scale. What little regional or national funding exists tends to be accessible only by large organizations.