Arts Plan builds community support

2018-03-01T09:59:12+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Arts advocacy, Economic Development|

More than 60 people gathered in the Aspen Room at City Hall on Sunday, Feb. 25, to review and provide feedback on Vancouver’s new Culture, Arts, and Heritage Plan, expected to be adopted by the City on April 16. Attendees included members of the arts community, arts organizations, and those who participated in Arts of [...]

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, [...]

Planning underway for second Arts and Culture Summit

2017-04-14T23:51:12+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Economic Development, Performing Arts, Visual Art|

In March 2012, we held the first Clark County Arts and Culture Summit, a gathering of arts organizations, business leaders, local representatives, and individuals wanting to see a greater focus on the arts in our community. Now, five years later, we are planning our second summit on September 23 in the Artillery Building at the [...]

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 [...]