Common Ground promotes arts awareness

2018-08-03T08:41:24+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Arts advocacy, Community Involvement|

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, and several outdoor locations. The schedule of events includes read alouds, history, literature displays, tapestry exhibitions, art workshops, opera, tours, [...]

Making a mark in the arts: Jan Asai

2018-03-28T18:13:57+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Community Involvement, Dance, Education|

Jan Asai, 67 is best known as co-founder of Columbia Dance located at 1700 Broadway Street in downtown Vancouver. The thriving nonprofit, now a proud member of Regional Dance America was started in 1989 with jazz instructor and choreographer Wendy de la Harpe. The collaborative effort reflects both de la Harpe's and Asai's passion for [...]

Open Studios to celebrate fifth anniversary

2018-03-28T18:15:33+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Ceramics, Community Involvement, Professional Development, Sculpture, Visual Art|

19 new artists on the tour Open to the public, this year's fifth anniversary celebration tour brings new artists and plenty of fresh inspiration. The popular self-guided tour will launch during its annual preview exhibition and artists' reception on Friday, Nov. 3, at the CAVE, the new contemporary art space located at 108 Evergreen Boulevard [...]

What we learned at the summit

2018-03-28T18:18:52+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Arts advocacy, Community Involvement, Economic Development|

Last week’s Arts and Culture Summit was, in some ways, an indicator of our community’s readiness for investment in arts infrastructure. The big take-away for us is that we remain optimistic but have much work to do. It’s clear that for Vancouver and Clark County, there are both awesome opportunities and stubborn challenges. At last [...]

8 reasons to be optimistic

2018-01-29T19:05:15+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Community Involvement, Economic Development, Performing Arts, Visual Art|

In trying to understand what’s possible, we at Arts of Clark County have been looking at what other cities have done, and we’ve met and talked with arts leaders there. We’ve revisited the past—the jumbled mix of fleeting efforts and false starts that has been our community’s history with the arts. And we’ve come away [...]

Building an art center that works

2018-02-05T11:15:38+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Community Involvement, Dance, Economic Development, Literary Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Art|

Not an arts center—an art center. We need both in our community. An economically viable visual art center that fulfills the need for exhibition space, studios, and classrooms has been a topic of conversation in Vancouver for decades. Past attempts and plans often patched a visual art component on to a performing arts facility. This [...]

Other cities our size are building arts centers

2017-05-02T21:10:06+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Community Involvement, Dance, Economic Development, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Art|

Across the country, cities of Vancouver's size (or much smaller), close to larger urban centers, are opening performing arts and visual arts centers. Satellite cities like Lone Tree and Parker outside of Denver, now each have their own performing arts centers successfully cultivating audiences in their local communities. And rather than competing with existing venues, [...]

Plugging into Olympia

2018-01-29T19:05:15+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Community Involvement, Economic Development, Performing Arts, Visual Art|

In last month’s issue of ARTS brief, we talked about a tremendous opportunity we have in Vancouver to build our arts infrastructure, meeting real needs, fueling our economy and bolstering our community’s identity. The key is connecting the right people and resources to make something happen. We took a small step in that direction February [...]