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A Happy New Year!

Friends and Artists,

We’ve made it to the home stretch of 2020! Though this year has brought unprecedented challenges, we have risen above and pushed onwards thanks to the inspiring strength, support, and vision of our amazing community. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that there is no recovery without creativity and collaboration. With hope and unity, we can come together and reimagine new ways to enjoy great art in our changing world. As we approach 2021, please consider sending us into the New Year strong by donating today! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your ongoing support – We are so grateful for all of you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

The SWCA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | New VDA Mural Downtown

The VDA is excited to announce its finished mural installation at 12th & Main in downtown Vancouver! Local artists Jane Degenhardt and her copartner Michele designed and installed “Bramble” on the south-facing elevator tower wall of the Main Place parking garage. Check it out!

Learn More About the Mural

MUSIC | A Virtual Christmas Concert

The Portland Chamber Orchestra is holding a virtual holiday celebration to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. Tune in online to experience PCO’s “A Christmas Celebration” concert from the comfort of your own home! The concert, previously performed with the Phoenix Choir at the All Saints Catholic Church, will be available for online viewing until December 31, 2020.

Enter the Concert

THEATRE | Theater Winter Classes

Journey Theater classes are a great way to introduce young people to different aspects of the theater arts, and help students build confidence and develop performance skills. Visit their website to explore a wide selection of Online & Socially Distanced winter classes including American Accents, Beginning Makeup, The Art of Sketch Comedy, and much more!

Browse Courses

DANCE | Nutcracker in Vancouver

From Columbia Dance, enjoy this new teaser trailer of their new Nutcracker production, inspired by and set in the 1840’s Fort Vancouver! In the 1840’s, Fort Vancouver was a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post; This new spin will weave Vancouver history into a holiday children’s tale. This innovative Nutcracker performance was filmed at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site.

View the Trailer

EDUCATION | BIPOC Arts Educators Event

Do you identify as a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People or Color) teaching artist or arts educator in Washington State? Register for ARTSWA’s BIPOC Arts Educators Retreat to join a community of Washington artists who work and teach in a variety of art forms and settings. Gain an intimate and intentional network of support in a BIPOC-centered teaching and learning arts space!

Event Details & Register


Join in support of our local makers at NMV Pop-Local, a collective, pop up retail store brought to you by Night Market Vancouver. Located in Downtown Vancouver at 111 W 9th Street, NMV Pop-Local is another home for local vendors to showcase their brand and bring products to market during these pandemic times. Now open through January 31!

Learn More Here

COMMUNITY | Holiday Storefront Contest

Visit Downtown Vancouver and VOTE for your favorite holiday-themed storefront for VDA’s Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest! Vote for your favorite downtown storefront window by January 5th to be entered! Click the link below to see a list of participating businesses. Three winners will receive $250 courtesy of Columbia Bank.

View Storefront Locations

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