Programs & Testimonials

2016 Grantees

Arts Grantees: 

Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters Schools Foundation, Sisters Starry Nights Concert Series, Sisters Park and Recreation District, Scalehouse, Sisters Arts Association, Atelier 6000, Bend Film, Bend International School, Hospice of Redmond’s Camp Sunrise, Camp Tamarack, Cascade Horizon Band, KPOV, Kids Club of Harney County, Youth Music Project, Oregon State University Foundation, Caldera, Crook County School District, Deschutes Public Library, Bend Soroptimist Harmony for Women Concert, Silent Echo Theatre Company, Sisters School District, Tower Theatre Foundation, High Desert Museum, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Columbia Center for the Arts, Community Orchestra of Central Oregon, and Museum at Warm Springs.

Education/Environment Grantees:

Confluence, Oregon State University Foundation, Sisters Schools Foundation Science Club, Sisters School District, Burns High School, Bend Science Station, Deschutes Public Library, Sisters Park and Recreation District, Sisters Graduate Resource Organization, Harness County Library Foundation, High Desert Partnership, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Deschutes 4-H Association, Oregon Humanities, Deschutes Land Trust, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and University of Oregon Foundation.

Social Services Grantees:

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Oregon, Kemple Children’s Dental Clinic, Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, After School Buddies, Bicycle Resource of Bend, Bloom Project, Family Access Network of Central Oregon, Grandma’s House, Ohana Eyes International, Harney County Senior Center, Bethlehem Inn, Sisters School District, Center Foundation, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Furry Friends Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Grant and Harney Counties, Healthy Beginnings, Heartwarmers, Kiwanis Club of Sisters, Oregon Adaptive Sports, Volunteers in Medicine, Opportunity Foundation, Harney County School District, Neighborimpact, and Sisters Little League.


jana_sherryLast year, with your help, we were able to expand our summer program to include over 300 ‘summer experiences’ involving approximately 125 individuals. we were able to provide our programming in areas throughout Central Oregon By utilizing  the OAS bus, expanding not only our geographical service area but expanding the minds of our participants; many who have never traveled to such locations.

oas-grace-nancy-stevensWith the addition of a year-round Program Director, our summer programs were enhanced, participants grew by over 60% in all of our summer programs, most noticeably in our private kayak lessons. The OAS instructors provided 18 private kayak lessons this summer compared to 5 the prior season.leah-miles-biking

With an obvious demand for our programming we have big plans for both our summer and winter programs. Thank you for being such an amazing supporter and helping us achieve our success to date.

Suzanne Lafky, Executive Director, Oregon Adaptive Sports

The support allowed me to attend the CSI Forensic Science Program at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. My time at the program was better than I could have hoped for. The people brought in to teach us were all actual forensic scientists and investigators, and were all very interesting and very informative. The lectures were very engaging and enjoyable while still giving important and helpful information. The lab activities we did after the lectures were also very fun and were a great learning tool.It was very helpful to be able to perform and experience what we were learning about instead of just staying within the classroom. The hands-on aspect allowed me to learn more about what was being taught and how it would actually be done in a forensic lab as well as in the field. I particularly enjoyed the section on forensic pathology and found the lab (a dissection of a pig) to be very intriguing.

Delia Hoyt, Sisters High School Student ,

High Desert Museum
Kids Curate, a year-long project integrating art, science and history, gave La Pine Elementary and Middle school students an incredible new experience, building their self-confidence and creativity in the arts. Working with an artist from Blue Spruce Pottery, students made real world connections and learned the value of combining art and science—knowing the science and processes behind how clay is formed helps to create remarkable pottery and ceramics.

Elementary and middle school students learned how to make exquisite ceramic art pieces—from finding inspiration for their piece, to sketching masks and translating drawings into 3D ceramics. This project built connections within the community, helped to break down barriers between art and science and gave students a unique opportunity to become part of a museum exhibit. The year culminated in a exhibit opening for all families, administrators and students to attend that had made this project successful. One of my favorite quotes from an elementary school parent for that night was “ they are treating our kids like queens”.

Carolyn Nesbitt, Curator of Education

Sisters Folk Festival
The Roundhouse Foundation has been key to creating an arts economy in Sisters. They have played an integral role in the success of our organization, through grants supporting our arts and cultural events, arts education in and out of the public schools and scholarships for underserved youth. Their focus on the arts and steadfast support has helped shape Central Oregon and made it better place for all of us to call home.

Katy Yoder, Development Director