Who We Are

Who We Are

The Southwest Washington Center for the Arts boasts a rich history of passion, collaboration, and tireless perseverance. Since its conception in the late 1960s, the notion to build an arts center in Vancouver has undergone many forms, passing the torch across generations of visionaries and arts champions. Today we carry that torch as we reflect upon what our history has taught us. Though our journey isn’t over, we are inspired to embark on the next steps to bring this long-awaited dream to fruition.


Leaving a Legacy

In 2003, when community champion and retired state legislator Val Ogden joined the board, the Southwest Washington Center for the Arts gained nonprofit status. Leaders visited sites in Oregon and Washington to gather information about building and operating a performing arts center.

Meet Our Board of Directors