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Reflections From Our Community

Friends and Artists,

Earlier this year, we asked our followers to share why the arts are vital to our community and how the arts have enriched your own experience – and we were so inspired by your thoughtful responses. This week, we’d like to take a moment to highlight a few words from our audience that reflect why we do what we do. A HUGE thank you to everyone who shared your thoughts with us!

“Why is this important to our community here in Vancouver, WA? Art is a vital part of being human. Art and the exercise of creating, or enjoying through viewing others’ art, is essential to a person’s fulfillment of self. It makes happy people!”


“Art revives and inspires us. Whether you are the creator or the spectator, art washes over you and brings you a moment of authentic feeling that drives away the clutter of everyday life. It is my stress relief, my self-care, my passion.”


“I could indeed write a book about what the arts mean to me and why they’re vital to any community. An additional motivation for me to weigh in on the importance of building an Arts Center in this community is that I was blessed to have worked with Val Ogden, who pioneered the project about the time we entered the 21st century.”


“Our humanity is revealed when we expose our true feelings and express our true aspirations. It is art that guides the process of exposing our humanity to the world.”


“When the arts are celebrated in a region, the past embraces the future. Our community will be defined by our dedication to culture.”


In the coming weeks we will continue to engage our readers for your thoughts, feedback, and inspiration for this wonderful vision. This journey is only made possible with the support and participation from readers like you! 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


The SWCA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | Celebrating Artists Sunday

Join us this holiday season in the national effort to encourage consumers to shop from artists. We’ve all heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, November 29th has been designated as Artists Sunday! Participation is free for artists, cities, counties, states, agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Visit the Artists Sunday Website

MUSIC | VSO Encore Podcast Series

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is looking back on past performances through special, never-before-released recordings. Dive in for a unique perspective into the minds behind the music as we interview the most compelling personalities at the VSO. Explore the latest of all 25 episodes today!

Listen to the Podcast

DANCE | Nutcracker Meet & Greet

Riverside Performing Arts invites you to meet and take pictures with your favorite Nutcracker characters on December 19! Then head over to C’est La Vie to buy goodies while watching RPA’s virtual performance of “A Tale of the Nutcracker.” All community members are welcome, and the meet & greet is free to attend!

See Event Details

CINEMA| The Big Screen is Back

Starting this Friday, the Kiggins is back in the business of showing movies on the BIG SCREEN! The theater will be reopening at 25% capacity with a strict set of health and safety guidelines in place. Tickets are only available through the website, so be sure to save your seat in advance! Visit the Kiggins website for more information.

Learn More & Purchase Tickets

LITERARY ARTS | Writing Contest for Teens

Do you know a creative teen with a passion for writing and a desire to win a fantastic prize? Have them send an entry for this year’s Imagined Ink Teen Writing Contest! Entries will be read by a panel of judges with prizes awarded to overall Best in Show and Age Group winners for grades 6-12. The contest is accepting entries until November 16.

See the Contest Rules

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Community Center FIT Pass

Vancouver Community Centers are offering a new FIT Pass that allows you to reserve one-hour time slots to exercise in the fitness area of your choice. Access track, weight room, group exercise classes and more for up to 30 days per pass! The Centers are following current guidelines to keep facilities safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Reserve Your Workouts Today

CULINARY ARTS | Fall Soups for a Rainy Day

The Vancouver Parks and Recreation After-School Program is designed to give kids more time to connect with peers and positive adult role models. Through structured recreation activities, kids ages 6-12 will participate in hands-on learning, creative expression, and physical exercise in a fun, supportive environment.

Register for this Free Program

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