Our work and mission is to nurture the human spirit through programs that engage in creativity, invite discovery, and build community.

Grace Institute is a non-profit organization committed to opening avenues that allow human relationships to flourish in positive and creative ways for the benefit of all of us. In an age where the human spirit is too often sorely tried, it is a worthwhile endeavor to recognize the need to protect the possibility for the simple human desire to discover, create and be in community with others who seek to do the same.

Grace Institute programs have embraced opportunities for creativity, essential for the growth of the human spirit and is a way in which the unique gifts of each individual are expressed; choice,  an avenue by which individuals are empowered to explore and develop their unique gifts; collaboration, how we discover that we need each others’ gifts and perspectives in order to meet the changing demands of our lives; and community,  which happens when we realize that the true riches of our families, schools, city, and world are the diverse gifts of all its citizens joined together—where the whole is greater than the sum of it parts.

It is with this intention that Grace Institute continues to cultivate its signature program, Grace Art Camps, and develop future programs.



Established in 1995 by the Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Grace Institute has over the years focused on urban livability and arts education, with a special emphasis on cultural literacy for children. Since 1997 Grace Institute has offered a vibrant summer camp experience unlike any other in the city.  Grace Art Camps, the signature program of Grace Institute, has flourished from one week and 30 children, to seven weeks serving over 1,200 children, in addition to two smaller three-day seasonal camps. For a glimpse into Art Camp, see the Oregonian’s 2011 article, Portland’s Grace Art Camp, a Secular Project with Sacred Roots, honoring our 15th anniversary. Read here for more information about Grace Institute’s origins and previous programs.

Grace Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. Grace Institute is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of its staff, volunteers, program attendees and their families.