Friends and Artists,
We hope you’ve been enjoying the lush and rainy weeks of our beautiful PNW. The arts and culture community of Southwest Washington has continued to build momentum and spread hope as we pivot to ride out, and begin to break free of, the hard impacts of the pandemic. Though the struggle to rebuild a new normal continues, we take heart in our industry’s steady climb from survival to success within our new environment.
At the Southwest Washington Center for the Arts (CFA), we believe that relationships bring strength and resiliency beyond what we can accomplish alone. In friendship, we have engaged and worked alongside our neighbors and fellow community members, embracing innovation and synergy as tools to intentionally build a new vision for tomorrow, not only for the creative community, but for all. The CFA team is overwhelmed with the unified support from our focus groups, arts and business leaders, stage consultants, architects, partners, stakeholders, and philanthropic community.
We can’t wait to continue the next steps in identifying a culturally, historically, and civically rich location for our venue. Stay tuned for more updates as our mission progresses! 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. Wishing you a cozy afternoon.
The CFA Team
And now for this week’s top picks…
ARTS EVENTS | Clark County Open Studios
After a one-year pause, the popular self-guided tour of artists’ studios returns the first weekend in November. In its eighth year, the Clark County Open Studios Tour celebrates the creativity of local artists and artisans as they open their doors to the public. Art lovers, treasure seekers, holiday shoppers, and the art-curious will get a rare opportunity to meet real live artists in their natural habitat!
MUSIC | Dances of Galanta at ilani
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra continues its 2021-22 season with a musical tour through Europe presented at the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani. This concert will be available to live audiences and simultaneously on the VSO Virtual Concert Hall. Under the baton of VSO Conductor Maestro Salvador Brotons and featuring masterworks by Ravel, Stravinsky, Debussy, and Kodaly, this concert program is a fascinating musical tour through Europe. Join us this October 23 and 24!
THEATRE | Magenta Improv Theater (MIT)
MIT is dedicated to making you think, and laugh! Performers play scenes and games based on audience suggestions – nothing is scripted! Shows are family-friendly and interactive. Audience volunteers can be part of the action! Whether you’re 8 or 80, MIT shows appeal to all ages. Our goal is simply to deliver a fun, laughter-filled evening for you. Performing Saturday evenings at 7:30PM, next show November 6. Doors open 1/2 hour before show starts.
EXHIBITIONS | SWA Fall Show and Sale
There is still time to register for the Society of Washington Artists (SWA) Holiday Show and Sale! This online show will be available November 5th – December 31st, accompanied by an in-person show at the Cave Gallery in Downtown Vancouver December 5th – December 31st. Open to all artists! Significant cash awards in 3 categories plus $500 Best of Show! Hurry, registration deadline will be next week, October 20th, 2021. Register today!
COMMUNITY EVENTS | Luminaria Celebration
Please join us at Esther Short Park on October 30th for a Day of the Dead ancestral celebration when we remember and honor our departed. Dia de Muertos is truly a celebration of life and this year it is also a time of healing after two difficult years of the pandemic. Experience beautiful luminarias, traditional Mexican dancing, music, catrinas, and an altar to remember lost loved ones. Brought to you by Artstra, Vancouver Ballet Folklorico, the Clark County Arts Comm’n, and the City of Vancouver.
LITERARY ARTS | Poetry Moves in Vancouver
This month a fresh crop of poems will appear on overhead channel cards on every C-Tran bus for Season 11 of the Poetry Moves program. After an open call, ten poems were selected thanks to our juror, Thabiti Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of English and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington State University Vancouver. Included among the ten are a poem each from the State and County Poets Laureate.
OPPORTUNITIES | Artist Trust Fellowships
The application for the 2022 Fellowship Awards is open! These awards are merit-based awards of $10,000 for practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability residing in Washington State. These unrestricted awards are open to artists of all disciplines and are given annually to 8+ artists in recognition of artistic excellence and dedication to their practice. Fellowship Award Deadline is November 8, 2021.
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