An Autumn For The Arts

September, 30 2021


Friends and Artists,

With summer officially in the rearview mirror, the activity in our arts community is alive and well with some ripe opportunities scheduled for this fall, including the successful launch of our first Arts Info Fair earlier this month! Local arts organizations and creative workers are providing a diverse variety of accessilbe, high-quality experiences that will keep your calendar buzzing with vibrancy this fall.

This new season brings a fruitful spread of activities, including Artstra’s annual Clark County Open Studios Tour, Visit Vancouver’s Dine the Couve in October, VDA’s downtown First Friday Art Walk tomorrow, Magenta Theater’s Improv Classes for Adults, and the Vancouver Symphony’s October Classical Concert. So many wonderful and exciting new opportunities to become immersed in the arts scene!

Let’s spread the love to our arts community this fall! 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 happy October!

The CFA Team

And Now For This Week’s Top Picks…


ARTS | Mending the Social Fabric: A Conversation

An interactive textile installation by local artist, Bonnie Meltzer has at its core a parachute with a 314-foot circumfrence that is encircled by 75 hankerchiefs embroidered with text that amplifies the mending motif. Mounted behind are textiles from across the globe. A symbol of safety, the ripped parachute invites interactive community building as viewers are invited to sit and mend the damage. The exhibition will be showing from October 7 – January 20.


MUSIC | VSO Young Artist Competition

Nine of the nation’s finest young musicians have been chosen from over 100 applicants! The final round of the live competition will take place on October 17, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church. The event is free and open to the public, and will also be livestreamed on the VSO website. Category winners will receive the opportunity to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Salvador Brotons on January 22 & 23 at Skyview Concert Hall.


THEATRE | Pacific Stageworks: Puffs

Time to go back to the classroom! Pacific Stageworks is pleased to announce a revival of Puffs, Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at A Certain School of Magic and Magic! This is a clever and inventive tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world… This play never goes more than a minute without a laugh! Created in 2015, Puffs ran Off-Broadway for almost 3 years to sold out houses. Sponsored by Triplett Wellman Contractors and Vinnie’s Pizza.


DANCE | WDC at Corridor Gallery

The Corridor Gallery downtown hosts Washington Dance Creative, a local dance company which focuses on photography, film, concert, and collaboration. The exhibit runs through Nov 13th and can be viewed Mon-Fri 8AM to 5PM in the upper and lower corridors of the Esther Short Building. The Opening is tomorrow, Oct 1st at 5PM, and the closing reception offers live music and dance performance at 6:30PM Nov 13th!

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THEATRE | Heathers Auditions at MPA

Metropolitan Performing Arts is excited to produce “Heathers the Musical” based on the 1989 film. MPA is currently auditioning for ALL roles! Heathers is an exciting, fun and high energy show. Looking for a variety in look with all ethnicities, body shapes, and sizes. Strong solo singers, dancers, friendly people who work hard with a commitment to the show and rehearsal process are encouraged to audition! Video submissions due October 9th.


BUSINESS | Storefront Decorating Contest

The fall-halloween season is upon us! The VDA welcomes downtown businesses to decorate your storefront windows to celebrate the new season and to showcase your community pride. Winning categories include: Best Use of Business Theme, Most Innovative, and Public Vote. One winner from each category will recieve $250 compliments of iQ Credit Union!


RESOURCES | Risk Assessment for Artists

Join Artist Trust TODAY, September 30 at 4:30, for an hour-long webinar on risk assessment and how to center safety and preparedness as a creative. Topics surrounding studio safety, working with hazardous materials, protecting your body, and working internationally will be covered. Learn about risk assessment for artists of all disciplines and participate in an open conversation following the webinar!