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A Snapshot of Our Journey

Friends and Artists,

Since its conception in the late 1960s, the dream to build an arts center in Vancouver has undergone many iterations, passing the torch across generations of visionaries and arts champions. Today we carry that torch as we reflect upon what our history has taught us, and the first concrete steps that led us to becoming who we are today. 

  • 2002: Members of Clark County Leadership envisioned arts center designs in collaboration with Vancouver and Seattle architects.
  • 2003 -2004: The CFA was founded as a nonprofit, led by a visionary board. The site committee researched venues in OR and WA to gather information about building and operating a performing arts center. 
  • 2006-2009: Business plans, market studies, and feasibility assessments affirmed strong support. Five sites were considered for proposed development, but planning was largely postponed due to the Great Recession. Our passionate team of volunteers and board members assumed responsibility for office management and community outreach. 
  • 2016-2017: The CFA stayed its course, completing a feasibility analysis and conceptual design study to shape future planning. Once a strong team could be recruited, the organization would have the capacity to carry the project forward.
  • 2018-2019: With significant funding dedicated, an Executive Director, administrative staff, and specialized consultants were hired to carry out organizational operations and launch the strategic plan. In 2019 a new economic impact analysis, feasibility study, and sustainability study confirmed optimal timing for the project.
  • 2020-present: Location assessment, proposal development and community engagement efforts transformed in innovative ways. The CFA launched its newsletter and initiated recurring focus groups with civic leaders and the arts community to reimagine how to accommodate the arts within our evolving context. Southwest Washington has never been more ready for an arts destination than at this time.

The perseverance and resilience of our community inspires us to embark on the next steps to bring this long-awaited dream to fruition for our proud region. 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. Have a reflective afternoon!

The CFA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | CPP Seeking Artists!

The Columbia Play Project is a new nonprofit with a mission provide spaces and programs for the young and young-at-heart to have shared play experiences that inspire them to discover their passions. Every month CPP highlights a local, fun-loving artist to help spark creativity and inspiration! Do you or an artist you know want to be featured? Send CPP an email!

Learn More Here

MUSIC | VSO Podcast Series

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is looking back on performances through special, never-before-released recordings. Dive in for a unique perspective into the minds behind the music as we interview the most compelling personalities at the VSO. Be sure to check out this month’s latest podcast with guest soloist and piano virtuoso, Orli Shaham in episode 18!

Listen to the Podcast

THEATRE | The Immortal Sherlock Holmes

Re-Imagined Radio presents Metropolitan Performing Arts and other community volunteers and their recorded performance of The Immortal Sherlock Holmes. Get out your Deerstalker hats, and dust off your powers of deduction. The Immortal Sherlock Holmes is coming to your radio Monday, May 10th 12:00 – 1:00PM. Broadcast and streamed on partner stations. 

How to Listen

DANCE | RPA Winter Recital

Only 1 day left to buy your ticket to stream and download the Riverside Performing Arts Annual Winter Recital! RPA is pleased to present all the amazing work accomplished by their incredible students. Watch the performance on demand until April 30th, 2021. Every ticket purchase comes with a free download that can be redeemed between May 1st – May 31st. 

Stream & Download Performance

LITERARY ARTS | Virtual Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry invites you to come and enjoy a virtual Open Mic Night featuring Micah Fletcher AKA Kool Chief Rocker. Tune into Zoom on Thursday, May 13th 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

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! 

View Guidelines & Apply

OPPORTUNITIES | Nonprofit Recovery Grants

Arts, culture, science, and heritage organizations may be eligible for a grant ranging from $2,500 – $25,000, to cover Covid-19 pandemic hardship expenses incurred between 3/1/20 and 6/30/21, thanks to new Nonprofit Recovery (NCR) grants! Application opens May 10th, with an info session available on May 11th. Application deadline is May 24th. 

View Eligibility Requirements

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