On Wednesday, October 23, from 6-8pm, Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission presented “Creativity & Commerce,” a fun, fast-paced event that explored the economic impact of the arts in Clark County.

The event, hosted by Arts of Clark County board member Temple Lentz, had a “talk-show” format. The show included a brief presentation of an economic report on Clark County’s creative vitality, showcase performances from local performing artists, and interviews with guests from Clark County’s diverse arts community.

A partial list of interviewees and performers included: Alisa Tetreault, co-founder of Couve Couture fashion show; Richard Beer, marketing director for Kiggins Theatre; Noah Scott, creative director for Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy; John Barber, WSU-V Creative Media & Digital Culture Program; Thomas Lindsley, vocal performer and owner of Mini Mozarts music school; and Steve Bass, President and CEO of OPB, and Igor Shakhman, Executive Director of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, playing duets for clarinet

In 2012, Arts of Clark County won a grant from the Washington State Arts Commissiion to conduct a survey of Clark County’s creative vitality. Using the Creative Vitality Index (CVI), Arts of Clark County and the Clark County Arts Commission researched our area’s economic indicators, interviewed local working artists and those who do business in the arts, and developed a report on the economic impact of the arts in Clark County.

This event, free to the public, marked the culmination and presentation of that report.