Events: Culture Jam
A Program of the Oregon Country Fair
Culture Jam is an 8-day Gathering of Youth Who Care About The World and Its Future
August 2015 dates TBA
What's Culture Jam?
Culture Jam is the Oregon Country Fair's exciting 8-day, sleep away summer youth gathering located on a parcel of land at the site we call Alice's Wonderland. 2015 will mark our 14th week-long event. The youth camp is based on the inspired Power of Hope (www.powerofhope.org) teen camp model created by Charlie Murphy and Peggy Taylor (www.pyeglobal.org). Culture Jam is a dynamic program where youth ages 14-18 discover their own sense of purpose and creative potential through high-energy, experiential, arts-centered programs. Young people have the unique opportunity to learn from and create meaningful relationships with adult social change activists, artists and nature educators who come to spend the week and share their expertise.
What Goes On
Creative workshops are a part of daily life: dancing, drumming, spoken word, archaeology, circus arts, theatre improvisation, fashion arts and singing, media study and community activism -- just a sampling. Writing and hip hop, painting, teaching each other things that are important to us; here there is something for everyone. Culture Jam is also a place where learning about and sharing many points of view add to the mix. Staff and youth alike are thrown into the creative soup to create a community that rocks! See some photos from camp below and get a feel for what we've been up to. Also take a look into the volunteer opportunities available to you at the event. A .pdf of our Volunteer Staff Application is available in March of each year.
How it Happened
In 2001, the OCF Board of Directors was so impressed by the exciting work that Power of Hope was doing with the young people of our world, that they voted unanimously to have the Fair sponsor a camp of our own based on the same model. In this way, the Fair can give back to the community. We are very lucky to have this incredible opportunity.
Today, after many years of careful tutelage of the Power of Hope organization and the hard work of the OCF Volunteer Youth Program Development Committee, Culture Jam has taken flight. In 2003, The City of Eugene Recreation Services got on board by providing registration, equipment, staff and scholarship support. And several charitable organizations who care about youth, especially the David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation of Arizona, and many generous individuals, have donated to the event financially through grant support or donations.
Volunteers are central to a successful Culture Jam gathering. Every year we bring together an amazing group of youth, artists, activists, youth workers, educators, and other creative adults.
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Culture Jam is committed to serving youth from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds. It is within this rich mix of difference that much of the electricity of our creativity is launched. The Culture Jam experience is for those who want to take an active role in creating a positive future and have a great time in the process!
HELP KEEP US JAMMING! All of Culture Jam's direct costs are covered by grants, donations and participant fees. To keep fees down and scholarships available, donations are accepted—and are tax-deductable. Send your check to the Fair office or visit the Fair website to make a secure gift. Did you know that The Country Fair is an Oregon Cultural Trust match? Get a Oregon tax credit and double your donated dollars to the arts and cultural programming in Oregon. Call Robin at the Fair office for more info on supporting Culture Jam, 541.465.2230.
Scholarships are available. Ask for the OCF Scholarship Packet when registering.
2015 Culture Jam Registration Periods
Returning Youth: April 1-April 15
New Youth Lottery: April 15-May 1
How to Register
Returning Youth: Call Robin at the Fair office at (541) 465-2230 between April 1-April 15. A $100 deposit toward tuition is due upon signing-up in order to save the space.
New Youth: To enter the New Youth Lottery process call or email Robin at the Fair office (541) 465-2230, (email below), between April 15-May 1. If you call, please leave your email address so we can send you confirmation of your entry. If you don't get an email confirmation within 48 hours, please call again. No deposit is necessary to enter the lottery. Result notifications will go out via email on or before May 15th. If a space becomes available for you through this proces, a $100 deposit toward tuition will be due to save it.
The Culture Jam Mailing List
If you would like to recieve the Culture Jam flier now or each March as a reminder of annual Registration dates, email Robin at the email address below.
If you have further questions feel free to contact us:
c/o The Oregon Country Fair
442 Lawrence St., Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 465-2230
Fax: (541) 343-6554
About being volunteer staff at Culture Jam