A virtual, pop-up art center

2018-09-04T11:41:31+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Community Involvement, Dance, Education, Visual Art|

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 people," Common Ground was the perfect opportunity to invite the community to join in art workshops involving a variety of [...]

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 [...]

New gallery to stretch the imagination

2018-03-28T18:21:09+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Visual Art|

The finish line is in sight for the CAVE, an experimental contemporary art gallery scheduled to open in October in downtown Vancouver on 108 E. Evergreen. This is no ordinary art gallery. From the street, your eye first catches the charm of late 1930's architecture. Once inside, the CAVE opens wide as if to embrace [...]

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 [...]