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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 >
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.

What’s new

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Arts commissioners seeks new county poet laureate

The Clark County Arts Commission is accepting applications for a resident who will serve as the next Clark County Poet Laureate. The commission is seeking an experienced poet to share his or her passion for […]

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What we learned at the summit

—Cam Suttles

Last week’s Arts and Culture Summit was, in some ways, an indicator of our community’s readiness for investment in arts infrastructure. The big take-away for us is that we remain optimistic but have much […]

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Summit to focus on “Creating space for the arts”

Registration is now open for Arts of Clark County’s second Arts and Culture summit to be held on Saturday, September 23, at the Artillery Barracks building at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Those wishing […]

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

Directors
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.