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2021 – A Blank Canvas

Friends and Artists,

As we kick off the new year, it is our hope that 2021 can usher in a sense of normalcy and new aspirations. The momentum of the first few weeks of this year will continue into the days, weeks, and months ahead as we forge ahead on our path to recovery and thriving. With this new fresh start, there is good reason for hope.

Last year has shown us how a community can come together in the midst of a crisis and come out the other side stronger. As we shift our focus to new growth, we at the Center for the Arts are committed to reimagining new ways to experience great art in a post-pandemic era. We invite you to join us in reshaping the future for the arts. May 2021 be a year dedicated to strengthening relationships, celebrating resilience, and counting our blessings.

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

The CFA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | Open Call for Native Artists

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is pleased to announce its open call for two new grant programs. After a year of strategic planning, NACF moves into its second decade with SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts, a two-year program designed to support artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic justice issues through a Native lens. 

Explore Funding Opportunities

MUSIC | PBS NewsHour Features VSO

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s live performance of Barber’s Adagio was featured in this week’s PBS NewsHour article, “How Communities Across the Country Are Honoring COVID Victims.” The story, written by Joshua Barajas, explores various ways in which communities in Washington D.C., Austin, Detroit, Atlanta, New York and others are commemorating the lives lost to COVID.

Read the Full Article

CINEMA | Kiggins Concessions To Go

Come downtown to visit the Kiggins Theatre each Friday from 5pm-7pm for concessions to-go! You can stock up on the best popcorn around (pre-order your “hunker down sized bags on the website) as well as candy, fountain drinks, growler fills and more! Help keep your local theater afloat by continuing to rent films in their Virtual Screening Room and stock up on gift cards through the Kiggins website.

Support the Kiggins

DANCE | The Tale of the Nutcracker

Riverside Performing Arts and Northwest Performing Arts Alliance presents “The Tale of the Nutcracker” now available for streaming on demand. This year NWPAA is a proud sponsor of Riverside Performing Arts’ rendition of the Nutcracker. This winter classic showcases traditional ballet, but also jazz, tap, and acro dance set in a fun 1950’s theme. Performed by local dancers of all ages, this show is for all ages to enjoy together!

View & Download the Performance

LITERARY ARTS | Virtual Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry invites you to come and enjoy a virtual Open Mic Night featuring Michael Dylan Welch, who has served two years as poet laureate of Redmond. Tune in via Zoom on Thursday, February 11 at 7pm to experience live poetry from home! Guests are invited to read one poem for three minutes or less. Be sure to RSVP by no later than 3PM to get in the lineup and access the invitation link. $5 suggested donation. 

Event Details & RSVP

SPECIAL EVENTS | Pobrecitos Book Launch

A virtual event for lovers of words and images, join this first-ever book launch on Friday, February 4th at 4:30 to enjoy a collaborative work written by Eileen Davis Elliott, illustrated by Lily Engblom-Stryker and Ava Town. In this read, students and established creators share views of “poor ones,” marginalized people of the world. For more information, please contact the email below to register.

Register for the Event at:


Join in support of our local makers and crafters at NMV Pop-Local 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. Store hours are 11-5 on Saturdays, and 12-4 on Sundays. Pop-Local is now open through January 31!

Shop Pop-Local

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