This Is Our Story
We are a 501C3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Oregon since February 28, 1972.
Our mission is to foster a welcoming environment where all are inspired through art immersion workshops that renew artistic vision and enhance life.
Every summer since 1966, the Creative Arts Community has organized unique residential workshops at Menucha, just twenty minutes east of Portland, Oregon. Overlooking the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, the historic 90-acre Meier estate offers walking trails, meditative gardens, and an outdoor swimming pool.
In two separate, one-week sessions in August, we offer workshops with a primary focus on visual arts, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. Other classes offer hands-on exploration, and have included ceramics, collage, mask making, basketry, tapestry, jewelry, and assemblage, plus many others. Non-visual arts classes offer writing and music. All skill levels are welcome
Learn new techniques
Experiment with new tools and media.
Get great guidance and feedback from knowledgable instructors
What Makes Us Special
Small Class Sizes
Small class sizes for all levels
Studio are open 24 hours
with all meals included
Nurturing and welcoming community
"Creative Arts Community workshops at Menucha changed my life. More correctly, it gave me one. Art. The encouragement and support from other artists and instructors gave me the courage to do what I love and not worry about how "perfect" my art was. I also met some of my best friends there."
- Barbara Conyne
“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to learn to understand art more and more .”
- Vincent Van Gogh