Art Offers Creative Relief For Children
February, 3 2023
Nelson Mandella once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Art, in all its forms, is a shining example of this. Its power is reflected in the diverse youth arts programs offered nationwide. Southwest Washington’s arts organizations boast robust outreach programs that demonstrate the value of connecting the arts with children who may not otherwise be exposed to it.
Artstra’s Creative Relief Clark County provides arts supplies, project ideas, and instruction to communities with limited access to the tools of creativity. Creative Relief Clark County programs offer a respite for both adults and children from the circumstantial hardships they may be experiencing. Artstra is an all-volunteer organization. Funding for this program is provided through donations and sponsorships.
Enspire Arts creates vibrant and interactive arts experiences for Clark County students, including in-school Arts, Education & Student Wellness programs, After School Arts Exploration programs, and an annual Arts Ambassador Scholarship program. Sessions are provided free to students through sponsorships from local businesses, foundations, PTA groups and/or private individuals.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra strives to facilitate social change through community-building music education programs. The VSO presents several outreach concerts annually in low income and underserved schools, working closely with Clark County school districts to identify specific schools that would benefit most from this program. Additionally, VSO annual in-school educational performances are geared towards providing necessary exposure to music and art to children of all ages.
The Hough Foundation offers students of Hough Elementary School several after school enrichment programs, including performing arts, music exploration, and Enspire Arts. Many students that participate in Hough Foundation music programs continue to be involved in the arts as they go forward to middle and high school.
Southwest Washington is passionate about the arts and making it accessible for all. We join the ranks of cities across the country that are connecting underserved communities with the arts in amazing ways. To find out how you can support any of these organizations and the programs they offer, please click on the organization names above.
And Now For This Week’s Top Picks…
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at The Kiggins Theatre Feb 2 - 5
The Worlds’ Best Mountain Film Festival has been coming to Vancouver for over a decade. This year we’ll have 2 completely different nights of movies featuring the best films Outdoor adventure, Mountain Culture and the Environment! From thrilling adventures that will keep you at the edge of your seat to well told outdoor tales stories of the wild places and wild times. This will once again be a show not to miss! Please join us Thursday Feb 2 through Sunday Feb 5, 2023. 4 nights 2 different shows. Brought to you by Live to Play and supporting local outdoor organizations like Clark County Bikes. Presented By: Live To Play Dates: 2/2 - 2/5 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Kiggins Theatre 1011 Main St., Vancouver Tickets: $22 single day $40 two day pass
Art on the Boulevard 17th Anniversary Group Show
Art on the Boulevard, a fine art gallery in the Vancouver Marketplace, will open its “Seventeen Year Anniversary” group show on February 3rd (showing through March 31 st ). This special show celebrating the 17th anniversary of Art on the Boulevard will feature artwork from eighteen of the gallery artists in a wide range of styles and medium. The opening reception will be on First Friday February 3rd, 5-8 pm. See the artist list and find out more below.