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 [...]

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, [...]