Who We Are

“Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”  ― angel Kyodo williams


Since 1997, Grace Institute’s signature program, Grace Art Camp, has grown from one summer week and 30 children, to seven weeks serving over 1,200 children, in addition to two smaller three-day seasonal camps during the winter and spring holidays. Established in 1995 and individually incorporated in 2005, Grace Institute is a secular organization nurtured from a long-term commitment by Grace Memorial Episcopal Church to meet the community’s needs for arts education and urban livability.


Grace Institute nurtures the human spirit through the arts, fostering intercultural appreciation and understanding in an open and inclusive community.

Guided by the principle that all people are inherently creative, and that the arts have a universal capacity to transform individuals and communities, Grace Institute is committed to working towards cultivating attitudes, perspectives, behaviors and policies that continuously promote equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural responsiveness within all facets of the organization.

Core Values

Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, and Receptivity

Our Roots

For a glimpse into Art Camp’s history, see The Oregonian’s 2011 article, Portland’s Grace Art Camp, a Secular Project with Sacred Roots, honoring Art Camp’s 15th anniversary. For more about Grace Institute’s origins and previous programming, click here.

Annual Reports

Grace Institute is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all member of its staff, volunteers, program attendees, and their family members and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, socioeconomic status, and any other marginalized characteristics protected under applicable federal, state or local law.