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Executive Director, Tricia Snell, Says Farewell to Caldera

Tricia Snell, Caldera’s Executive Director for the past ten years, is stepping down this spring.

“It is hard to leave when you are blessed with a deeply creative and supportive community like Caldera. I love Caldera and everyone in it. I’ve learned so much in the past ten years, but it’s a good time for a change. The organization is thriving and I want to focus my energies full-time on my literary life. So, ‘Occupation: Self-Employed Writer’ will be showing up on my tax returns again.”

Before taking the helm at Caldera, Tricia was the first Executive Director to lead the Alliance of Artists Communities. Growing the organization from the founding network of 18, Tricia also authored the Alliance's first print directory of programs Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies in the United States That Provide Time and Space for Creativity (Allworth Press). The publication quickly became a popular resource for artists and now lives as our online Residency Directory.

Under Tricia's leadership, Caldera grew and earned international acclaim for it's residency and youth programs. The organizations currently has a staff of 20 full-time, highly skilled mentors and administrators who provide Portland and Central Oregon youth with year-round, long-term mentoring and support. They have developed a unique Artists in Residence program - seemlessly integrated with the Youth Program so that it nurtures both professional artists and Caldera youth.

In addition Caldera was the recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. That award recognizes Caldera as one of the top youth arts programs in the nation. Tricia travelled to the White House with Caldera youth Alena Nore in 2015 to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Dan Wieden, Founder of both Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency and Caldera, and Co-Chair of Caldera’s Board of Directors stated, "Tricia Snell is that unique character—drop dead smart, addicted to laughing, workaholic. She has altered the lives of about 1,500 underserved youth and stretched the expectations of many other people in Caldera’s community too.”

More about Caldera

Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborative groups from all over the world are welcomed to Caldera Arts Center in Oregon’s Cascade Mountain range. Because we believe a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, residencies are open to national and international artists of any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in engineering, design and the sciences who have emerged and established themselves beyond university training. Caldera's Artist in Residence (AiR) Program began in 2001 and since has offered the gift of space and time to over 300 creative people. Today, Caldera is open to applications from parent artists. Read more: