On an annual basis, Arts of Clark County offers five grants of up to $500 for individual artist projects and two grants of up to $1,000 for nonprofit organizations. Learn more >
Clark County Open Studios is a free self-guided tour of artist studios held each year on the second weekend in November. Visit site >
In collaboration with the Clark County Arts Commission, Arts of Clark County holds networking events for information sharing and professional development, often focusing on a topic of particular interest to artists, arts organizations and supporters of the arts. These events are periodic, hosted at various venues and are announced through social media and the Arts of Clark County newsletter.
Arts of Clark County is leveraging its Open Studios program to create an online registry of Southwest Washington artists. Open Studios artists will automatically be included in the registry and other artists who meet the criteria for the registry may also join. Details of this program will be announced in fall of 2017.
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What’s new

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Open Studios Call for Artists

One outgrowth of the 2012 Arts and Culture Summit has been the very successful Clark County Open Studios tour. If you are a visual artist living in Clark County working in any medium, you are […]

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Planning underway for second Arts and Culture Summit

In March 2012, we held the first Clark County Arts and Culture Summit, a gathering of arts organizations, business leaders, local representatives, and individuals wanting to see a greater focus on the arts in our […]

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Plugging into Olympia

In last month’s issue of ARTS brief, we talked about a tremendous opportunity we have in Vancouver to build our arts infrastructure, meeting real needs, fueling our economy and bolstering our community’s identity. The key […]

What we do

Arts of Clark County (AoCC) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization created for the purpose of promoting, encouraging, and enhancing creative expression and artistic opportunities in Clark County and Southwest Washington. The arts contribute to this region’s unique character as a desirable place to live, work and visit. AoCC and its volunteer board of directors supports all forms of art—music, theater, dance, and literary, visual, and media art—and works to ensure that arts experiences are inclusive of individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Building awareness of the arts—We provide leadership in promoting awareness of the arts as a vital part of our cultural heritage and our contemporary lives.
  • Growing an arts economy—We develop the cultural climate, enhance the county’s image, and support the growth of the local economy through the arts.
  • Bringing art to the public square—Expand the opportunity and accessibility for residents of all ages to experience art in public places and to create a more visually pleasing and humane environment.
  • Linking artists and audiences—We encourage successful collaborations among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups, schools, cultural groups, and government staff for fostering more effective use of resources and talents.
  • Sharing information and resources—We act as a portal for civic groups and individuals for the purpose of sharing information and resources.
  • Supporting local artists—We support local artists and arts groups in applying for grants and other sources of funds.
  • Rewarding creative excellence—We celebrate the diverse creative talents and skills found among our residents and emphasize their accomplishments in the interest of improving the quality of life in Clark County.

Board of directors

Chair Karen Madsen
Vice-ChairJennifer Williams
SecretaryErica Marchbank
Treasurer Pat La Croix

Steven Baer
Karin Chase
Annie Davern
Jackie Genis
Cynthia Heise
Michael Smith

Board of Directors meetings are held on
the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
at the Pacific Continental Bank Community Room
101 E 6th St., Vancouver, WA 98660

If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Madsen.