CFA Team Spotlight

July, 22 2021


Friends and Artists,

Organizations can’t do great work without a dedicated team. This summer, the CFA will be featuring a few of our team members to celebrate the works they are doing out in the community.

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Alicia Nilo began her early career as an instructor at a local community arts center. After earning a Bachelor in Arts at George Fox University, she continued working in arts administration and education at eight public elementary schools, two community centers, and a private arts school. She entered the nonprofit sector, serving as the Education Coordinator at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon, where she discovered her passion for designing and implementing programming initiatives and building community partnerships. 

After two years, Alicia and her husband moved to Vancouver where she continues her work in helping to build a thriving arts community. Alicia serves on the Board of Artstra, the Columbia Arts Network, the Culture, Arts & Heritage Commission, and is an active member of the Clark County Arts Commission. She also serves as an ambassador for Artist Trust representing the Southwest Washington region.

This June, Alicia’s mother-daughter mural team had the opportunity to enhance an underpass bridge adjacent to her childhood fishing spot at the Boise River greenbelt in Eagle, ID. Seasoned in the design, production, and long-term maintenance of public art, the team executed a design of water and trout to reflect the natural elements surrounding the site. Much like the rest of Nilo’s focus in her community work, the choice to feature a POC fly fisherwoman celebrates the strength and health in all people.

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. For more information about our mission, visit our website. Have a fantastic weekend!

The CFA Team

And Now For This Week’s Top Picks…


ARTS | Arts Alive Event

A partnership of Clark County Arts Commission, Artstra, and Columbia is designed to reconnect community with the local arts organizations of Southwest Washington. Be sure to mark your calendar for the first ever Arts Alive! event planned for September 18, from noon to 4PM. Located at the Public Service Center Plaza downtown, Arts Alive! will include informational booths from local groups in a festive atmosphere of live music, dance, poetry, and performance.


MUSIC | Young Artist Competition

The Young Artist Concerto Competition hosted by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA is accepting entries nationally until August 1st. Open to legal USA residents 18 and under, first prize for all three categories (piano, strings, and brass/woodwinds) is $5,000 each and two performances with the orchestra in Vancouver, WA in January 2022.


THEATRE | Journe Studio Auditions

Journey Studio is a new year-long program designed for students ages 13-18 who want more rigorous training in the theatre arts. The program kicks off with a Musical Theater class designed to challenge students in all areas of musical theater: singing, dancing and acting, to help students develop into a triple threat performer prepared for that musical theatre grind.

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DANCE | Fall Class Registration

Registration is now open for Fall 2021 classes at Columbia Dance! Opportunities include Creative Dance for children ages 3-7, Ballet for 7+, Company Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical. Find the 2021-2022 Class Schedule, class uniform requirements, and registration page on the Columbia Dance website.


LITERARY ARTS | Poetry Open Mic

Tune into Zoom on Thursday, August 12th at 7PM to experience live poetry from home! Ghost Town Poetry invites you to a virtual Open Mic Night featuring indie writer and spoken word performer Leah Mueller. Guests are invited to read one poem for three minutes or less. $5 suggested donation.

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COMMUNITY | FVRL Experience Pass

Have a library card? The FVRLibraries Experience Pass allows you to visit local attractions at no cost – just by having a library card. Find out how to reserve passes to Lan Su Chinese Garden, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Clark County Historical Museum, Cascade Locks Historical Museum, Maryhill Museum of Art and more!

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EVENTS | 19th Annual 4 Days of Aloha

Mark your calendars this weekend for our Annual 4 Days of Aloha! Join our community as we celebrate 19 years of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest. The festivities will include award winning performing artists at Concert in the Park, hula & craft workshops, vendors, Keiki zone, beer garden, and multicultural celebration! Visit the event website to purchase tickets or register for a workshop.