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How to Support Your Local Artists

Friends and Artists,

As we embark on reconnecting and rebuilding, we are presented with a unique opportunity to reimagine new ways of supporting our local artists and arts organizations. In recent months we have reflected several ways in which the arts play a critical role in the recovery and vitality of our community. The work of artists, musicians, and creatives are essential to rekindling times of vibrancy and prosperity.

Even as we face these challenging times of uncertainty, the arts continue to bring a sense of togetherness, inspiration, and shared experiences. But the livelihoods of many of our own creative workers, artists, and performers has been put on hold. If we believe in supporting the arts, we need to start by collectively supporting artists. Though arts spaces and events are closed, here are a few ways we can support our art communities and artists:

  • Participate in an online class
  • Set up a commission with your favorite artist
  • If you are able, donate to the arts
  • Share resources, art, and events with your network
  • Buy artwork or albums directly from an artist online
  • Purchase art as a handmade gift
  • Attend exhibits and performances online

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 | North Sidewalk Exhibit

Check out the Vancouver Community Library, now through October 1! Symbol is a collective exhibit that brings together a diverse collection of visual artists displaying their own unique interpretations. For inquiries regarding North Studios or purchasing artwork, please contact

Preview the Sidewalk Exhibit

MUSIC | A Virtual Gala for VSO

Join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this Sunday, September 20 for a spectacular evening honoring artistry, music, music education, and a rich history of community support. Tune in for special guest music performances, paddle raise, and a fantastic online auction as the symphony celebrates its 30 years with Maestro Salvador Brotons.

Register Now for Your Free Ticket!

THEATRE | Magenta’s Virtual Auditions

Magenta Theater is on the hunt for strange and uncanny characters for their October virtual performance, 13 Spooky Stories! This is a family-friendly event and includes traditional campfire favorites and ancient but famous haunting tales. Actors of all genders, ethnicities, and ability are encouraged to audition! Submissions are due September 20.

Visit the Virtual Auditions Page

DANCE | Danceworks Fall Classes

Fall enrollment at Danceworks Performing Arts is now open! Offering dance classes from toddler to professional, fall courses include ballet, jazz, tap, company, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and twirl, twist & tap! Be sure to contact of call (360) 718-9867 to save your spot when registering.

View Classes & Enroll Here

LITERARY ARTS| Poetry Moves in Vancouver

Watch for new poems on C-Tran buses this October! Poetry Moves has been a vehicle for arts and culture to inspire audiences in Clark County. With Season 10 of Poetry Moves postponed due to Covid-19, Artstra has invited ten poets to write a poem for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for more updates by visiting Artstra’s Poetry Moves page.

Learn More About Poetry Moves

LOCAL BUSINESS | Storefront Decorating Contest

The fall season is upon us! The VDA welcomes downtown businesses to decorate their storefront windows to celebrate the new season and to showcase community pride. Prizes will be awarded for best use of business theme, most innovative, and public vote. Windows entered and decorated by October 5th.

Enter the Contest

YOUTH & FAMILY | Indoor Games for Kids

The rain check on the outdoors doesn’t mean games and activities are off the table. Here is a list of 87 epic indoor games and activities that will get your kids up and moving! These activities will not only fight boredom but will also challenge minds and serve as a great outlet for releasing all that cooped-up indoor energy!

Explore Indoor Game Ideas

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