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A Year of Reflection

Friends and Artists,

This has been a time of resilience, growth, and transformation. Today we’re reflecting back on some of our highlights from 2020.

Early in the year, our efforts toward location assessment, proposal development, and community engagement transformed in innovative ways. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we launched this Arts & Culture Newsletter highlighting opportunities to promote local artists and arts organizations.

We initiated a recurring focus group where arts leaders can connect, share resources, and navigate challenges collaboratively. Our organization participated in its first Give More 24 fundraiser and facilitated a series of focus groups with our partners and community leaders. We learned to embrace change, show strength in the face of uncertainty, and think deeply about what our work means in the context of a changing world.

Though 2020 has been a year like no other, our small team has been able to step up to the challenge because of our community’s growing support. Thanks to artists, donors, partners, and readers like you, we can continue our mission to build a Center for the Arts that will enrich and inspire our region.

Together we can set the stage for a future where the arts are always growing and thriving – This journey is only made possible with the support from readers like you! For more information about our mission, visit our website, or contact us at Thank you for your continued support!


The SWCA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | A Successful Artists Sunday

Read about how our own artists and crafters of Clark County connected with patrons during our fest-ever Artists Sunday this year! On November 29th, artists all over Southwest Washington were able to jump back into the studio and join the nationwide movement to sell unique, handcrafted work for the holidays.

More from the Columbian

MUSIC | VSO Holiday Pops Concert

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra continues its 2020-21 season with livestreamed performances of highly anticipated Holiday Pops concert featuring audience-favorite holiday classics and famous arrangements featuring two remarkable Jazz legends. The December 12th & 13th performances will feature a reduced orchestra and be streamed live from Skyview Concert Hall.

Buy Tickets Now

THEATRE | A Virtual Holiday Treat

When searches online don’t work, what do children do if they have serious questions about the Big Man himself? Why, email Mrs. Claus, of course! This Saturday, students at Journey Theater will have a unique opportunity to perform To Mrs. Claus streamed live on YouTube! Tune in live on December 12th at 7pm to enjoy this non-musical, virtual performance.

Watch the Live Play

DANCE | Ticket Donation Challenge

The arts have been drastically impacted by Covid-related closures, but there’s still a chance to support local arts organizations. In lieu of their public Nutcracker performances, Columbia Dance is raising funds through their Nutcracker Ticket Donation Challenge! “Purchase” a $20 ticket to join the challenge and help make up for lost Nutcracker revenue.

Join the Challenge

LITERARY ARTS | Virtual Open Mic Tonight

Ghost Town Poetry invites you to a virtual Open Mic Night featuring Rebecca Smolen. Tune in via Zoom TONIGHT, December 10th at 7PM to experience live poetry from home! Guests are invited to read one poem for three minutes or less. Be sure to RSVP no later than 3PM to get in the lineup and access the invitation link. $5 suggested donation.

Event Details & RSVP

LOCAL BUSINESS | Supporting Small Business

Applications for up to $20,000 in emergency funding are now being accepted for Working Washington Small Business grants. Priority will be given to applications received by tomorrow, December 11th. If Commerce is able to fund all the applicants who submit by that time, applicants who submit after the 11th may be considered.

Apply Here

CULINARY ARTS | Hot Chocolate Treats

Looking for some great holiday-themed treats? Hot chocolate bombs are chocolate spheres filled with hot cocoa mix and lots of marshmallows! Pour steaming hot milk on top and watch the chocolate melt away and release those marshmallows into your milk. Hot chocolate bombs are simple to make, not to mention a great stocking stuffer!

Make Yours at Home!

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