The Transformation Residency Program aims to provide Transgender and Gender Diverse Oregon artists a chance to create in an environment where they can live and work lessened of the social, political, and economic barriers to creation. Spanning the summers of 2020 and 2021, artists will have a month to create work in Tropical Contemporary’s 1000 sq ft converted warehouse studio and gallery space. 

We want to not only support Trans and Gender Diverse artists on a fundamental level by providing work space and funding, but also find ways to foster creative growth and launch careers. We are looking at projects that will use our resources to enrich the community, and provide much needed engagement, representation, and critical thought. It is incredibly exciting to collaborate with Trans*Ponder on this project because it means that we can create a connection between artists and Eugene’s Trans community that will live beyond our residency program!

Trans*Ponder is a grassroots, completely transgender founded and led non-profit based in Eugene, Oregon. It provides support, resources, and educational opportunities for the Trans/Gender Diverse community and its allies. Trans*Ponder is one of only two transgender founded and led 501(c)(3) organizations in Oregon, and the only one serving adults. 

The Creative Heights Initiative’s mission is to help arts and culture organizations stretch their creative capacity in the creation and dissemination of new works, while providing opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture. For the 2019 funding season, fifteen projects were awarded funding totaling $994,000. Fellow 2019 grant recipients can be found here.

We’d like to thank our community sponsors- Eugene Cultural Services, Eugene Public Library, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for their continued support and collaboration on this project.

More information on our upcoming call for Transformation Residency proposals is coming soon!