Caldera is a non-profit organization that brings innovative arts programming to students and communities in Portland and in Central Oregon. The foundation also sponsors an artists-in-residence program that brings emerging creative voices to the region.
As part of this mission, Caldera operates a year-round center for the arts and environmental interpretation in the Cascade Range. The Center focuses on a multi-use structure known as the Hearth Building. Completed in 2004, the 23,000 s.f. building gathers the central functions of Caldera under a continuous cedar-shake roof. Its crescent shaped plan is organized as several interlocking wood and concrete floor platforms. Three separate enclosures rest lightly on these platforms, allowing the multi-purpose performance hall, library, and art studios to open to sheltered space, light and views on all sides. The Hearth Building echoes the form of the surrounding volcanic crater and the material and structure of the enclosing pine forest, creating a resonant space for education, gathering artistic production.