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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 alumnus, 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 9+ 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

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Weaving Images: Basketry and Silkscreen for Indigenous Teens
June 17-30, 2017

Students will be introduced to Native American Basketry and Silkscreen, and learn the importance of the two mediums to the past and present culture of Indigenous People of the Americas. The first week of the residency, students will learn weaving techniques from NEA award winning basket weaver Pat Courtney-Gold. The second week of the residency, students will investigate the Silkscreen/Serigraph process and incorporate Week 1 basketry processes and imagery within their projects. Students also participate in workshops and lectures on the history and function of Indigenous art, as well as active research and field trips to museums and galleries in Portland and surrounding areas.

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 April 21, 2017. Download 2017 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, digital or printed images of your original artwork may be submitted. 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 April 21, 2017.
Submit all materials to: Journeys Program, c/o Oregon College of Art and Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Road Portland, OR 97225.

Ernst & Young, LLP
Herbert A Templeton Foundation
Juan Young Trust
Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Arts Commission
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
The Autzen Foundation
The Jackson Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation
Nike Native Employee Network


This program is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust