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The Arts: A True Public Service

Post from Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dear Fellow Partners of the Arts,

As we sit here in our homes and spend time reflecting where we are in history, a common element has emerged to the forefront of our mind: the Arts. During this time of sequestration, it is more crucial now than ever to acknowledge the critical role that the arts have in our lives.

Whether through music, visual arts, dance, theater, or film, the arts are essential to our lives. They soothe, calm, excite, draw our emotion, and help us find a deeper meaning. The arts are a way of making sense of and understanding ourselves and others. Our lives would be entirely different without it.

Since 2003, we at the Southwest Washington Center for the Arts have sought to build a performing arts hall where we can celebrate our talents and gifts in all forms of art. A place to gather to express that creative voice inside each of us.

As we continue through these uncertain times, we strive to be a source of hope and inspiration. We invite you to join us on our journey as we uplift our arts community and continue to work towards making this dream of a state-of-the-art center a reality.


Kathy McDonald, Executive Director

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | Call for Artists: Open Studios

The 2020 Clark County Open Studio Tour, scheduled for the first weekend in November, has extended the application deadline to May 31st. Artists working in Clark County in any medium are encouraged to apply!

View Guidelines Here

MUSIC | Online Music Classes & More

Metropolitan Performing Arts is excited to announce its classes available online! Students age 7 and up can explore classes in music, dance, acting, and performance technique.

Enroll at Metropolitan Performing Arts

THEATRE | Riverside Performing Arts

Classes have resumed online at Riverside, allowing students to try hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, acro dance, contemporary, acting and musical theater for all ages… even adults!

See All Riverside Classes

DANCE | Learning at Columbia Dance

To keep students practicing the craft, Columbia Dance instructors have moved classes online, offering a series of password-protected videos featuring movement games, routines, and rehearsals via YouTube.

Enroll in a Virtual Dance Class

FILM | Innovators of Vancouver

Explore this online documentary video series produced by Chris Martin Studios to learn about creative leaders of vision, passion, and action right here in Vancouver, WA.

Watch the Documentary Series

GOOD READS | Free E-books Online

From Island Press, access free e-books on how to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems.

Access E-book Collection

LOCAL BUSINESS | Eating Local During Covid-19

Miss dining out? Downtown Camas Association has posted a running list of restaurants open for takeout and delivery. Support small business by eating local!

Takeout & Delivery Listings

YOUTH & FAMILY | Digital Art for Kids

From digital patterns and coloring to creative digital backgrounds, here is a list of 4 websites where your child can explore and learn about digital art.

Learn to Create Digital Art

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