Friends and Artists,
Organizations can’t do great work without a great team. Starting this week, the Southwest Washington Center for the Arts will be featuring a few of our team members to celebrate the works they are doing out in the community.
Dru Holley, a film producer in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, joined the CFA board in fall of 2020. He is the senior producer at Black Bald Films, where he dedicates his work to socially conscious and racially just media. As an African American filmmaker, Dru wants to provide inspiring stories that empower re-thinking systems that are broken. Dru is adept at putting together collaborative creative teams that share his motivation to highlight the stories of people who have largely been ignored or overlooked by past histories and whose experiences in urgent social problems can shape the conversation to illuminate the truth of the past.
Dru is tuned to the direction of Black films and their future; he’s invested in learning just about every part of creating entertaining and informative media, from production assistant to producer/director. His goal is to focus on making great inspiring media; Dru believes that Vancouver needs a central place that is art-driven. A place where we can all gather together. Art is the glue that connects us all.
For more information about Dru’s work, visit his 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. Keep up the good work…stay cool out there!
The CFA Team
And now for this week’s top picks…
ARTS | First Friday Art Walk
Join us in downtown Vancouver for July’s First Friday Art Walk next week! 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!
MUSIC | Community Band is Back!
Dust off your instruments! Rehearsals with the Vancouver Community Concert Band begin June 29th at 6:30 PM! VCCB is a 501(c)3 that exists to have fun making music from a wide range of eras and performs in support of community events Clark County. Musicians of all ages/abilities are welcome to join!
THEATRE | RPA June Tickets Available
Join us this weekend as Riverside Performing Arts students showcase An American Tale: Fievel Goes West and Hollywood Live! recital on Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th. RPA is aiming to host the outdoor performance in the south parking lot of RPA. Tickets are $14.
DANCE | Summer Dance Classes
Columbia Dance is offering summer programs this July through August, from Superhero Training and Ocean Adventure camp, to summer intensives for Levels 1-4, Junior Company, and Company. Enroll in one of these fantastic 1-week and 2-week programs today!
LOCAL BUSINESS | Bookstore Grand Opening
Birdhouse Books is thrilled to announce their GRAND OPENING celebration to be held on Friday, July 2nd from noon to 9PM in conjunction with the VDA’s First Friday art walk! Work from local artists will be featured and available through Phoenix Rising Art Gallery.
LITERARY ARTS | Poetry Open Mic Night
Tune into Zoom July 8th at 7PM to experience live poetry from home! Ghost Town Poetry invites you to a virtual Open Mic Night featuring Andrea Hollander, based in Portland, Oregon. Hollander’s 5th full-length poetry collection was a finalist for the Best Book Award in Poetry from the American Book Fest. Guests are invited to read one poem for three minutes or less. $5 suggested donation.
COMMUNITY | Art at the Park All Summer!
Fourth Plain Forward, Vancouver Ballet Folklorico and Artstra are partnering to kick off Art at the Park on Evergreen Park held every first & third Saturday, May through October from 4-6 PM! Arts and activities available for all children, including painting, recycled art, dance, hula hoops, bouncy balls, and more! Interested in volunteering? Visit the website to learn more!
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