Who we are

Sharing the Vision

Meet Our People

In 2003, we set out with a mission to build a dedicated arts center to serve as an economic driver, educational catalyst, and cultural asset to Southwest Washington. Together our community can answer Vancouver’s call for culture. Our team is committed to setting the stage for a future where the arts are always growing and thriving.


The Board of Directors

Craig Pridemore


Elson Strahan

Vice Chair

Ann Donnelly, PhD

Secretary & Treasurer

Paul Christensen


Jeannie Hix


Maggie Jessup


Dru Holley


Jan Kennedy Ferguson


Ginger Metcalf

Advisory Board

Greg Phillips

Advisory Board

Gerard Schwarz

Advisory Board

Max Ault

Strategic Advisor

Making Change

Support Staff

Kathy McDonald

Executive Director

Alicia Nilo

Office Administrator

Legacy of a Visionary

Val Ogden, a retired state legislator and former First Citizen of Vancouver joined the Center for the Arts board in 2003. Known as a champion for the community, Val brought inspiration and a love of music to the organization. The Center for the Arts strives to live out her dream of bringing a world-class performing arts center to Southwest Washington.