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Rebuilding Culture by Supporting Artists

Friends and Artists,

As we dream about reconnecting and rebuilding, we also have a unique opportunity to reimagine a new and vibrant cultural sector. In the previous months, our newsletter has acknowledged how the arts are crucial to the future we envision beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. The life of vitality we seek to rekindle is vibrant because society was infused with the work of artists, musicians, and creatives.

In our community today, the arts continue to bring togetherness and a shared experience, a notion even more powerful in this time of self-isolation and social distancing. But the work of several of our own creative workers and performers in various fields has been put on hold. Despite creative workers bringing total industry earnings of $28.9 billion into Washington’s economy in 2018 alone, many creative workers are concerned that a return to their livelihoods might be months, if not years, away.

If we believe in supporting the arts, we need to start by collectively supporting artists. Although artists and musicians are facing unprecedented scarcity of guaranteed work during this period, we are committed to thinking creatively about how we might leverage networks and support to create more long-term opportunities for cultural workers.

In its ability to draw people together, the visual and performing arts are a critical piece of every vibrant community. Together we can set the stage for a future where the arts are always growing and thriving. For more information about our mission, visit our website, or contact us at Onward and upward!


The SWCA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | Covid-19 Relief for Artists

All artists currently living in Clark County who also participated in Artstra’s Clark County Open Studio Tour in any of the past seven years are eligible to apply for $500 in relief due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn More And Apply Here

MUSIC | Remote Learning at RPA

Riverside Performing Arts has resumed its normal schedule via Zoom and is now offering a variety of online interactive classes including Musical Theater, Broadway, Jazz, and Contemporary. Explore dance, music, and theater offerings, all available online!

Riverside Performing Arts Course Offerings

THEATRE | Harry Potter Acting Camp

Metropolitan Performing Arts is offering a 5-day Harry Potter Acting Camp for kids ages 9-14. Activities include group acting lessons, task challenges, crafts, and scene creations in houses. Camps take place June 29 – July 3 from 10am – 12pm.

Register for a Virtual Camp

DANCE | New Online Dance Program

This Groove Nation has a new online student program that includes 2 weeks of LIVE Interactive Online classes for just $24.99! Groove Nation offers an array of dance classes, styles, times, skill levels, two high quality showcases, and a nurturing environment for dancers to excel.

Join the Online Student Program

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Free Online Yoga Classes

Looking for your next at-home workout? CorePower Yoga has opened its complete on-demand library to all, for free. Choose from workouts from forearm flow to chest-opening sequences, or dip into a short meditation. Workouts range from 1 – 60 minutes. Explore the collection of free workouts today!

Explore Yoga Workout Collection

LOCAL BUSINESS | Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

As we continue to look for ways to support our small business community, Visit Vancouver USA has highlighted a list of Black-owned businesses in Vancouver and Clark County.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

YOUTH & FAMILY | A Summer Like No Other!

Vancouver Parks and Recreation is committed to providing fun and safe summer experiences at their newly modified day camps! Campers ages 6-11 can register for camp sessions at Firstenburg and Marshall Community Centers. Camp themes include Under the Sea, Deserts, Farm Life, Dinosaurs, Space, and more!

Save Your Spot at a Day Camp!

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