Cam Suttles

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Open Studios to celebrate fifth anniversary

November 1st, 2017|

—Jackie Genis

19 new artists on the tour
Open to the public, this year’s fifth anniversary celebration tour brings new artists and plenty of fresh inspiration. The popular self-guided tour will launch during its annual preview exhibition and artists’ reception on Friday, Nov. 3, at the CAVE, the new contemporary art space located at 108 Evergreen Boulevard […]

Summit survey results

November 1st, 2017|

—Cam Suttles

Optimism with a realistic view of the work ahead

After the recent Arts and Culture Summit, we surveyed participants to learn a bit about what people think may be the path forward. The Summit’s theme was arts infrastructure north of the Columbia, with a focus on downtown Vancouver in particular because of its potential as […]

Arts commissioners seeks new county poet laureate

October 10th, 2017|

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 the literary form with the community. This two-year position includes public speaking engagements, teaching, open mic readings and stewardship in […]

What we learned at the summit

October 5th, 2017|

—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 work to do. It’s clear that for Vancouver and Clark County, there are both awesome opportunities and stubborn challenges.

At last […]

Summit to focus on “Creating space for the arts”

August 31st, 2017|

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 to attend the all-day event may register for $35 per person.

Like the first summit, held in 2012, this will be […]

New gallery to stretch the imagination while creating a wow factor for the senses

August 31st, 2017|

— Jackie Genis

The finish line is in sight for the CAVE, an experimental contemporary art gallery scheduled to open in October in downtown Vancouver on 108 E. Evergreen.

This is no ordinary art gallery.

From the street, your eye first catches the charm of late 1930’s architecture. Once inside, the CAVE opens wide as if to embrace […]

Ingredients for a Certified Creative District

August 4th, 2017|

We were so delighted last week to have Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) Executive Director Karen Hanan stop by Vancouver for a visit. She had a whirlwind tour with local leaders, catching up on arts initiatives here and also sharing her vision for the certified creative district program now passed into law. (On May 8, […]

8 reasons to be optimistic

July 5th, 2017|

In trying to understand what’s possible, we at Arts of Clark County have been looking at what other cities have done, and we’ve met and talked with arts leaders there. We’ve revisited the past—the jumbled mix of fleeting efforts and false starts that has been our community’s history with the arts. And we’ve come away […]

Building an art center that works

May 30th, 2017|

Not an arts center—an art center. We need both in our community.

An economically viable visual art center that fulfills the need for exhibition space, studios, and classrooms has been a topic of conversation in Vancouver for decades. Past attempts and plans often patched a visual art component on to a performing arts facility. This can […]

Other cities our size are building arts centers

May 2nd, 2017|

Across the country, cities of Vancouver’s size (or much smaller), close to larger urban centers, are opening performing arts and visual arts centers.

Satellite cities like Lone Tree and Parker outside of Denver, now each have their own performing arts centers successfully cultivating audiences in their local communities. And rather than competing with existing venues, these […]