Could you be Bend's first Creative Laureate?

The City of Bend, Arts and Culture Alliance and ScaleHouse are seeking candidates to serve as our next Creative Laureate and the official ambassador for the broader creative community in Bend, Oregon.


Bend’s Creative Laureate can be from any creative industry, including painters, photographers, designers, architects, potters, dancers, musicians, writers, poets, filmmakers, crafters, makers, or anyone who feels they represent the broader creative community.


The first Creative Laureate will be expected to actively participate in a select number of public events, public speaking engagements, workshops, and displays or presentations of their own artistic work, as well as interactions with the media.

Want to nominate the first Creative Laureate? Please submit the person’s name and a brief statement on why they would represent the City while elevating arts and culture in our community. 


Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Record of high quality work.

  • Connection to the broader arts community.

  • Willingness to serve a 2-year term.

  • Strong public speaker.

  • Commitment to meet the expectations and time requirements of this volunteer position.

  • A personal commitment to equity and expanding access to the arts



  • In no more than 1-2 pages, please answer each of the following questions. Please submit 

    • Why do you want to be the first City of Bend’s Creative Laureate?

    • What qualifications do you have that would make you a successful Creative Laureate?

    • What do you hope to accomplish during your time as the City of Bend’s Creative Laureate?

  • Applications must include a resume or CV as attachment.

  • Please submit applications to in the subject put "Creative Laureate" in the subject line.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  If before the deadline you will receive a courtesy email if you have an incomplete application and a chance to complete the application.  


Process and Additional Information

  • Applications will be reviewed be a Selection Committee made up of arts community members and City representatives.

  • August 2018 Timeline-

    • Application Deadline

    • Send applications to Selection Committee

    • Selection Committee meet with top 4 choices

    • Check references and in-person meeting, if needed

  • Creative Laureate will be announced the week of September 1  and designated at the City of Bend Council meeting in September.

  • September 1st 2018- Term Begins 

  • Creative Laureate will receive a $5,000 stipend over the two-year term (not to exceed $2,500 per year September 1st, 2018 to September 1,  2019 and September 1st, 2019 and September 1st, 2020).

  • Creative Laureate Selection Committee will provide schedule of events and activities for Creative Laureate to attend.

  • Creative Laureate expected to deliver quarterly reports on activities, observations, and ideas to Selection Committee, which will be submitted to the City of Bend.

Questions?  Please email Attn: Jasmine Barnett