2021: A Reflection
December, 16 2021
Friends and Artists,
We have seen a year of synergy, direction, and momentous traction for our organization. Today we're reflecting back on some of our highlights from 2021.
Thanks to our community's growing support, we are closer than ever before to achieving our mission, building upon robust efforts to evaluate the most strategically feasible and culturally vibrant location for our facility. Our proposal development and ongoing community engagement have been designed to go hand in hand, as we have collected feedback from our civic leaders, artists, donors, business community, and partners in our focus group series. We developed new branding, with the help from our friends at Riff Creative, and launched a new website that tells our story.
With a successful year of site and concept exploration, community engagement, and leadership development, our team is ready to step up to the challenge for 2022! Thanks to artists, donors, partners, and readers like you, we continue our mission to build a Center for the Arts that will enrich and inspire our region.
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 wonderful holiday season!
The CFA Team
And Now For This Week’s Top Picks…
ARTS | SWA Holiday Show at the Cave
The 2021 Society of Washington Artists Holiday Show and Sale is being presented at Art at the Cave through December 31st! This show is a professional judged, non-juried show representing a wide variety of 2D and 3D art media and disciplines by Northwest Artists. This show will be available both online and in person through the month of December.
CINEMA | White Christmas At Kiggins
Join us at the Kiggins Theatre for our annual Holiday celebration as Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney star in the Technicolor holiday favorite White Christmas! Featuring such classic songs as Sisters, The Best Things Happen When You are Dancing, Blue Skies, Snow, and Count Your Blessings. Showtimes at the Kiggins will start this Friday evening and run through Sunday evening. Day of show tickets are $12, advance tickets available online for $11.
THEATRE | Exit Laughing
When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly night out with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you're Connie, Leona, and Millie, you do the most daring thing you've ever done. You "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you're truly living.
DANCE | The Nutcracker
Columbia Dance presents a whimsical holiday adventure with a historical twist! Their new Nutcracker will weave Vancouver history into a holiday children's tale! Join us this December at Skyview Concert Hall, or livestream from home, for the debut of the brand new Act 1 with never-before-seen costumes, sets, and choreography inspired by Fort Vancouver in the 1840's. The new Act 1 will be coupled with the final year of Columbia Dance's traditional Act 2. Tickets now available online!
BROADCASTING | A Radio Christmas Sampler
This year we thought to try something different. Rather than an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Re-Imagined Radio celebrates the Christmas holidays with a sampler of radio shows including the Jack Benny Program, Rocky Fortune, The Damon Runyon Theatre, Bing Crosby and the Kraft Music Hall, Metropolitan Performing Arts, Suspense, and more. Since 2013 Re-Imagined Radio has offered a holiday celebration. We continue this tradition with "A Radio Christmas Sampler." Tune in on December 20!
YOUTH PERFORMANCE | You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Good grief! Follow the antics of good ol' Charlie Brown as he spends a day pondering the meaning of life. In between kite-flying escapades, baseball games and failed attempts to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl, he finds support and friendship with Linus, his sister Sally, nemesis Lucy, musical genius Schroeder - and of course, man's best friend, Snoopy! Fun for the whole family, come see timeless Peanuts characters come to life in a fun, high spirited musical.
COMMUNITY | NMV Weekend Holiday Market
Join us in support of local businesses for our holiday market happening this Friday & Saturday! Night Market's Holiday Market takes place from 4:30-8:30 at the VIC, located at 18110 SE 34th Street, 98683. We have recently moved buildings within the same property so our market is now entirely INDOORS and covered! Come shop in support of 100 local maker brands! Enjoy fun holiday festivities, live music, and guest dance instructors. Event is open to all ages, with food and drinks also available for purchase.