Friends and Artists,
Much like today’s forecast, the future for the arts is looking bright with hopeful days ahead. As we collectively navigate our way back to a new sense of normalcy, we also encourage our readers to take this time to reflect on the resilience demonstrated by the movers, shakers, and champions in the arts. Community dreams can’t take off and flourish without community support. That’s why our team at the CFA is working to ensure that your voice is being heard loud and clear during every step of the process – This dream starts with you!
We invite you to share your vision for bringing the first multidisciplinary performing arts center to our region. To receive a special invitation to our upcoming focus groups next month, email our team with your first and last name and preferred email address.
For more information about our mission, visit our website. 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. Enjoy the sunshine!
The CFA Team
And now for this week’s top picks…
ARTS | Clark County Open Studios
The Clark County Open Studios Tour is back November 6-7! This call will mark the eighth year of free, self-guided tour of local artists’ studios. The tour will include a hybrid of experiences including video demos and live studio sharing, online shopping opportunities, and viewing by appointment, and traditional studio visits with Covid protocols at each studio. Application deadline June 1, 2021.
MUSIC | VSO Classical Concert
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.
THEATRE | A Virtual Gala
Tune in on Saturday, May 1st at 5:30pm for an evening of top-notch entertainment, heartwarming testimonies, a catered dinner and online auction! The event is FREE to view online, no registration required. Bidding for online auction begins Saturday, April 24th. Optional dinner is available at $50 per person, and includes a catered meal, delivery, dessert and decor.
DANCE | Summer Dance Programs
Summer programs are kicking off at Columbia Dance! Dive into a variety of weeklong and 2-week classes to keep your dancers engaged all summer. From Superhero Training and Ocean Adventure camps to Summer Intensives for all levels, Columbia Dance will keep students on their toes. Visit the Columbia Dance website for a full catalogue and enroll today!
LITERARY ARTS | A New Poet Laureate
April is National Poetry Month, a perfect time to give a warm welcome to Clark County’s newest Poet Laureate, Armin Tolentino of Vancouver! Tolentino earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers Newark and his work has been published in numerous literary journals including Common Knowledge, Arsenic Lobster, Hyphen Magazine, and The Raven Chronicles.
SCHOLARSHIP | Youth Ambassador Program
Each year Enspire Arts offers $500 scholarships to young artists who are dedicated to improving their talents, as well as committed to creating an arts based community gift that makes a meaningful contribution to Clark County. Current 5th-11th grade students are encouraged to apply! Application deadline is April 30th, 2021. Become an ambassador for Clark County today!
EDUCATION | Teaching Artist Training Lab
Calling arts educators! Join us in a conversation celebrating the successes and reflecting on the challenges in remote teaching and learning this year. Come together and build community with other arts educators across the state. Let’s strategize ways to apply what we’ve learned as we finish out this year and move into the next.
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