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A. Susana Santos' Journeys in Creativity Program

A. Susana Santos' Journeys in Creativity Program—
An Exploration in Native American Art

The Journeys in Creativity program (Journeys) was founded 2004 in partnership with Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC), The Museum at Warm Springs and Kah-Nee-Ta by Pat Courtney Gold and the late A. Susana Santos, tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Gold and Santos, an OCAC alumna, sought to further the study and perpetuation of Contemporary Native American Art and Craft for Native American teenagers who, through this program’s encouragement might pursue a secondary arts education or a future profession in the arts.  

Summer Camp
The Summer Camp offers twelve (12) teenagers the opportunity to live on the OCAC campus and participate in intensive arts workshops over the course of two full weeks. Classes and workshops are set up so that students have the opportunity to participate in a positive pre-college art experience with an emphasis on material exploration, innovation, and critical thinking, all of which grant the student insight into their own creative process. Full scholarships are available to all twelve students.

Native American artists, instructors and educators are brought on the Journeys staff from the surrounding communities as well as throughout the region, to help guide and mentor students in exploring and creating new art.  Students are required to apply for acceptance in the summer camp program. The majority of activities are held on OCAC’s beautiful 10-acre campus in Portland, OR.

“(My favorite part of camp was) meeting new people who are interested in art and understanding more about where I come from.”—Journeys in Creativity student


Pre-College Residential Art Camp for Native American Teens

Shattering Stereotypes: the Confluence of Indigenous Art and Glass
Aug 5–18, 2016


Students will be introduced to the world of Glass and its roots in both traditional and contemporary Native American Art and Culture.  Over the course of two weeks, students will investigate glassmaking techniques, museums and galleries on the Oregon College of Art and Craft as well as in the burgeoning glass art industry of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  OCAC is located in Portland, Oregon on a wooded ten-acre college campus renowned for over 100 years of excellence in arts education.  

Journeys in Creativity Art Camp will introduce and guide students in the basics of working with glass, while exploring, researching and perpetuating contemporary and traditional Native art.  Students will have up to 60 hours of workshop instruction in OCAC’s studios, while also learning about the history and function of indigenous art. Native American mentors and instructors as well as glass artists from the Pacific Northwest will lead the workshops and art presentations.

Journeys in Creativity Art Camp is a fun, challenging and exciting time for the students who participate. New friendships are made and kept for many years following the program. Each day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm, with some field trip days running longer. Native American chaperones and mentors will support and accompany students daily, for the duration of the program. Students will have the opportunity to explore the life of a college art student as they participate in intensive art workshops in OCAC’s well-equipped studios. Daily activities include lively group meals; field trips to local art museums, history centers and galleries; visits to local book and art supply stores, plus social time to get to know each other.

Who is eligible?  
Teens, ages 15-19, who display an interest and talent in art and culture. Priority is given to Native American and Pacific Islander youth.

Where it will happen?
On the OCAC campus in Portland, Oregon, located 3.5 miles from downtown Portland.

How do I apply? 
Submit completed application by May 1, 2016. Download 2016 application here.

How much does it cost? 
This program is free through scholarships provided by OCAC to all participants. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the College.

Application Requirements
• A completed application form.
• One letter of recommendation from a teacher, community leader or mentor who knows you well (no family members please).
• A letter of interest (approximately 200 words) stating why you would like to attend camp.
• Optional: If you would like to express yourself visually, examples of your original artwork can be submitted via digital images on CD/DVD. Submissions of original artworks are accepted, but may not be returned.

Please contact Shirod Younker, Journeys in Creativity Program Manager at 971.255.4148 or

All materials must be received on or before May 1st, 2016.
Submit all materials to: Journeys Program, c/o Oregon College of Art and Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Road Portland, OR 97225.