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Clark County Open Studios is a free self-guided tour of artist studios held each year in the month of November. Visit site >

Poetry Moves shares poetry on bus channel cards in all C-TRAN buses. Installed on buses every six months are ten new poems by local poets or students involved in the Poets in the Schools program. Visit site >

Arts of Clark County is leveraging its Open Studios program to create an online registry of Southwest Washington artists. Open Studios artists will automatically be included in the registry and other artists who meet the criteria for the registry may also join. Details of this program will be announced in fall of 2018.

PLEASE HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOAL for Give More 24! Your donation will help fund our continuing arts advocacy work. Financial support is also needed for our ongoing programs including Creative Relief Clark County, providing art supplies for homeless children and families in need.

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What’s new

A virtual, pop-up art center

Early in August we partnered with The Historic Trust by providing Make Art! workshops for the Trust's innovative "Common Ground" week of history, art, music, dance, and literary events. Billed as a "gathering for curious [...]

Common Ground promotes arts awareness

Common Ground (August 6-11) is a six-day "gathering for curious people" created by The Historic Trust. Activities take place at the Marshall House, Howard House, Artillery Barracks, Red Cross Building, Providence Academy Ballroom and Chapel, [...]

Bus poems get a second life

With our brand new Poetry Moves website up and running, poem cards are now available for online purchase as a fundraiser for the arts. Poets, friends and family of poets, and poetry fans everywhere can [...]

What we do

Arts of Clark County (AoCC) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization created for the purpose of promoting, encouraging, and enhancing creative expression and artistic opportunities in Clark County and Southwest Washington. The arts contribute to this region’s unique character as a desirable place to live, work and visit. AoCC and its volunteer board of directors supports all forms of art—music, theater, dance, and literary, visual, and media art—and works to ensure that arts experiences are inclusive of individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

Art nourishes our souls, connects our community, and transforms the world.

  • Building awareness of the arts—We provide leadership in promoting awareness of the arts as a vital part of our cultural heritage and our contemporary lives.
  • Growing an arts economy—We develop the cultural climate, enhance the county’s image, and support the growth of the local economy through the arts.
  • Bringing art to the public square—Expand the opportunity and accessibility for residents of all ages to experience art in public places and to create a more visually pleasing and humane environment.
  • Linking artists and audiences—We encourage successful collaborations among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups, schools, cultural groups, and government staff for fostering more effective use of resources and talents.
  • Sharing information and resources—We act as a portal for civic groups and individuals for the purpose of sharing information and resources.
  • Supporting local artists—We support local artists and arts groups in applying for grants and other sources of funds.
  • Rewarding creative excellence—We celebrate the diverse creative talents and skills found among our residents and emphasize their accomplishments in the interest of improving the quality of life in Clark County.

Board of directors

Chair Karen Madsen
Vice-ChairJennifer Williams
SecretaryJean LaCrosse
Treasurer Annie Davern

Steven Baer
Karin Chase
Annie Davern
Jackie Genis
Kathleen Hibbs
Morgan Hutchinson
Pat LaCroix
Erica Marchbank
Sharon Svec

Board of Directors meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 E 6th St., Vancouver, WA 98660. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Madsen.