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Your Voice: Reflections From Our Community

Friends and Artists,

We’ve shared our commitment to building community through the arts, but we can’t do it without you. Your unique voice and perspective will guide us in how best to provide Southwest Washington’s missing piece: a state-of-the-art Center for the Arts. 

2021 is a year of careful listening, and we have been inspired by your thoughtful responses so far. Earlier this week, we hosted our 6th successful round of community focus groups to explore your vision on the community’s needs and the next steps to move this incredible project forward. Today we’d like to highlight a few key takeaways from our focus groups. Thank you to everyone who participated!

  • “We are best when we are authentic to ourselves. I don’t think that means we should try and be ‘Portland North’; We should be what we are… I love the idea of a community that is thriving with individual creative souls who feel like this is a town that welcomes their uniqueness.”
  • Vancouver is the fourth largest city in the State of Washington and the only one without an arts center. The community has waited for this dream long enough, and we are ready!” 
  • “I believe that staying inclusive and providing arts opportunities for all cultures in our community is really important. And providing artists and workshops that are in different languages as well.”
  • “Clark County and its residents want to have their own identity. We are a regional powerhouse with an amazing arts community here in Clark County. Here’s our opportunity to shine, and to carve out a distinct difference from Seattle, Spokane, and Portland.”
  • “The future of the arts in Vancouver is quite bright. That’s underscored by the community efforts recently in the downtown core… With Vancouver’s community-centered values we have a great opportunity to leverage the culture here to really differentiate ourselves from the greater metropolitan area.”
  • “More and more people will be inclined to focus here for cultural entertainment as Portland becomes harder to navigate.”

Interested in participating in an upcoming focus group this spring? We welcome all stakeholders, leaders, artists, and community members. Reply to this email with your first and last name and preferred email to join our guest list!

Unable to attend a focus group but still have ideas? Share your thoughts by emailing us!

For more information about our mission, visit our website, or contact us at we can set the stage for a future where the arts are always growing and thriving for everyone. Thank you for helping us keep the arts accessible, thought-provoking, and vibrant… Keep the dialogue flowing!

The CFA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | Join the Public Art Committee

The City of Vancouver is seeking volunteers to fill three open positions on its Public Art Committee. The committee reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations to the Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission and Vancouver City Council about proposals submitted by qualified artists for planned public art installations. The deadline to apply is 5pm, Thursday, April 15.

Submit Application

MUSIC | VSO April Livestream

On April 24th and 25th celebrated piano virtuoso Orli Shaham returns to Skyview Auditorium with performances of Beethoven’s bright and lyrical Piano Concerto No. 2 in honor of the composer’s 250th anniversary year. Mrs. Shaham will share the stage with guest conductor Maestro Ken Selden as they perform Jean Sibelius’ rich and poignant Andante Festivo, and Antonine Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings.

Purchase Tickets Now

THEATRE | Spring Theater Classes at RPA

Riverside Performing Arts is now registering for the spring semester! Registration can be done online or by appointment. Enrollment for classes is first-come, first-serve and is required before attending your first class. Choose from beginning ballet, Broadway jazz, hip hop, and beginning top, and many more! Serving students ages 2 through 10+. Sign up your young artist for a new class today!

Register for a Class

DANCE | First Glimpse Fundraiser

Are you ready for Columbia Dance’s first live performance in over a year? Join us for First Glimpse this Saturday! This free event will be livestreamed at 4pm, March 20th on the Columbia Dance Facebook and Givebutter donation page. This 2021 fundraiser will offer you a look inside the incredible process that leads up to a final performance, a glimpse into the daily dedication that shapes our young dancers.

Watch the Event and Donate

OPPORTUNITIES | Artist Trust Relief Fund

After almost a year after launching the Covid-19 Relief Fund, Artist Trust has opened a second phase of relief funding to Washington State artists of all disciplines who have been affected by Covid-19 financially. This Fund was made possible through the generous support of our community. Artist Trust is providing at least 120 artists with $1,500 each, to be distributed in April. Applications due Friday, March 26th.

Apply Now

YOUTH & FAMILY | Spring Break Day Camps

Vancouver Parks and Recreation is ramping up its youth recreation programming with full-day spring break day camps April 5-9 and outdoor youth soccer starting March 29. Registration for both activities is now open and scholarships are available. Kids can participate in sports, crafts, games, and other hands-on activities! All programs will follow Covid-19 safety protocols. 

Learn More

COMMUNITY | State of the City Address

Save the date for the State of the City Address, premiering March 29! This past year has been remarkable in many ways. Although we can’t gather in person, we hope that you’ll join Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle for the premier of her State of the City Address video at 5pm on Monday, March 29th. This year’s address will reflect on what the City achieved in 2020 and provide a look ahead. 

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