Hustling for the Holidays

December, 2 2021

Hello December

Friends and Artists,

With the new season, we're shining the spotlight on the makers, craftspeople, and culinary artisans that keep our communities vibrant and our local economy flowing. Here are a few simple ways we can show appreciation and support for our friends in small business, while getting a heads start on the holiday shopping!

  • Shop small online - Many small businesses are accessible online and already have a virtual storefront! Consider the small players before automatically purchasing from larger companies.

  • Buy gift certificates and refer a friend - Consider purchasing a gift certificate that you can use later, or can gift to a friend or family member. This expands their customer base for the future while providing immediate income.

  • Dine out, or order for takeout and delivery - For many restaurants, this has become a primary source of income. Order online or over the phone, and remember to tip well!

  • Boost small businesses on social media - The most valuable advertising for small businesses is word of mouth. Give shoutouts and positive reviews generously to help with engagement, which will lead to more visibility and sales.

  • Be patient and kind - Remember, with the holiday rush comes a busier season for small businesses and their teams. Be an understanding customer; a little empathy can go a long way!

And with that, we wish you a happy December as 2021 comes to a close. Thank you for helping us keep the arts accessible, thought-provoking and vibrant. Together we can set the stage for a future where the arts are always growing and thriving for everyone.

The CFA Team

And Now For This Week’s Top Picks…

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ARTS | First Friday Art Walk

Join us in downtown Vancouver for this month's First Friday Art Walk! Our downtown is home to a wide array of gallery spaces and art-centric businesses that are ready to welcome you. Vancouver's Downtown Association provides an interactive map with live GPS directions and a link for "More Details" about the Gallery/Artists' exhibitions. Explore VDA's complete list of participating galleries!

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CONCERTS | VSO Broadway Holiday

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents a sensational evening of Broadway and holiday music on December 11 & 12, featuring Tony-nominated singer-actress Liz Callaway. Known for her performances on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along, Broadway Baby, Cats, and others, as well as animated films such as Anastasia, The Return of Jafar, and The Swan Princess, Callaway will delight audiences under the baton of Maestro Salvador Brotons.

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MUSIC | Vancouver Master Chorale

Come and celebrate the Joy of Christmas as the Vancouver Master Chorale begins the 2021-2022 live concert season with a soul-stirring roof-raising performance of Handel's Messiah accompanied by orchestra. An assortment of other seasonal sounds will round out the experience with the choir harmonizing on English carols by Rutter, again with orchestra, and raising voices in the Appalachian carol Brightest and Best with a sprightly fiddle setting the mood.

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DANCE | The Nutcracker

Columbia Dance presents a whimsical holiday adventure with a historical twist! Their new Nutcracker will weave Vancouver history into a holiday children's tale! Join us this December at Skyview Concert Hall, or livestream from home, for the debut of the brand new Act 1 with never-before-seen costumes, sets, and choreography inspired by Fort Vancouver in the 1840's. The new Act 1 will be coupled with the final year of Columbia Dance's traditional Act 2. Tickets now available online!

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LITERARY ARTS | Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry invites you to enjoy LIVE poetry at 7pm, December 9th at Art at the Cave featuring Michael Shay and M.F. McAuliffe. Masks must be worn at all times to participate in this event. Open Mic readers may remove their masks while reading and the microphone will be sanitized after each reader. Zoom open mic readers are invited to share one poem for three minutes or less. Be sure to RSVP no later than midnight on November 10 to participate. $5 suggested donation.

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COMMUNITY | Holiday Guide

Spread joy this season and celebrate some of the many winter holidays and traditions represented in our community! Stroll through Esther Short Park and enjoy the glow of the community tree and Chanukah menorah, watch the Christmas Ships sail the Columbia River, or get your wish lists ready to hand deliver to Santa. There are events for everyone to enjoy this winter in Vancouver!

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RESOURCES | Ready and Resilient Workshop

Artist Trust has tips and resources for your artistic career! Program Managers Lydia Boss and Luther Hughes will share on how to prepare yourself for emergencies related to a career in the arts. Join us as we talk about planning for unknowns and share resources related to insurance, emergency preparedness, and finding stability in uncertain times. Free workshop open to all disciplines.