September 2017
We are so excited about this month's Arts and Culture Summit. And we can't be more pleased with the amazing people who have stepped forward to share their experience, spark ideas, and join in the dialog so that we can move toward a shared vision for the future of the arts in our community. 

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Advancing the arts

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

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

by 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. 

Save the date: Nov. 11-12
Clark County Open Studios Tour

Thank you City of Vancouver for the Lodging Tax Grant, which helped fund this year's event. The fifth annual Clark County Open Studios tour will highlight a diverse array of artists and artisans selected by jurors Herschel McGraw , owner/director of Gallery 903 in Portland; and  Kicki Masthem , artist and professor at Portland Community College and Multnomah Arts Center. 

Each year Arts of Clark County recruits jurors from outside the community in order to ensure a fresh look at artists applying. Work is judged on both creativity and craftsmanship, with a limit of 50 studios for the tour. This year, almost half of the artists selected are new to Open Studios, even more evidence of just how many artists are living in Clark County. 

A day of giving:
September 21

Once again, Arts of Clark County is participating in Give More 24!  On September 21, our entire region comes together--online and offline--and gives for 24 hours straight to nonprofits like ours. Please keep this date on your radar. This year, The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington shares 24 reasons to give.  Reason 10: Arts and culture help us thrive.

We've gone platinum

Arts of Clark County has been awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency by  Guidestar, the world's largest information resource on nonprofit organizations

Only 2% of nonprofits reach this level of disclosure in providing organizational information  online to the more than 7 million annual visitors  to  GuideStar. 

Kudos to board members Cynthia Heise and Pat LaCroix for the hard work to bring us to this level!
Calling all poets!

Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to announce its call for submissions for Poetry Moves Season 5, featuring poetry by Clark County residents on C-Tran buses beginning January 2018. Poetry Moves is a program of Arts of Clark County in partnership with C-Tran and Printed Matter Vancouver. The deadline for submissions is September 23.

First Friday Picks

Lesley Faulds, After Rembrandt
Realism vs. Impressionism

Boomerang's latest show includes a wide spectrum of regional artists, including Tom Gail, Katey Sandy, Christopher Mooney, Renato Grieco, and Barbara Van Nosten.

"We hope for diverse artwork within the constraints of realist and impressionist style," says Tom Relth, Boomerang spokesperson. "Whether it is plein air landscape, portrait, or studio still life; whether invented, contrived, or straight visual document, Boomerang Fine Arts will exhibit artworks with an eye toward the representational."

Boomerang Fine Arts
808 Main Street, Vancouver

Painting by Jungmoo Ahn
Vancouver City Hall presents four regional artists

Vancouver City Hall is proud to present the artwork of four regional artists, ranging widely from traditional brush painting to modern reuse sculpture. 

The works of Jennifer Mercede, Mike Yager, and Jungmood Ahn will be on display from September 1 through December 1. Work by Jessica Brackett will be on view October 1 through December 1.

The lobby is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The artwork in the City Hall conference rooms is available for viewing when the space is not being used for city business and meetings.

Vancouver City Hall
415 W. 6th Street, Vancouver

Magenta Improv Theater
Last show of the summer!

Magenta Theater's Improv Team (MIT) started in 2009, and this will be the 43rd show in the troupe's eight-year history! OK, so 43 isn't a very memorable number (unless you are George W. Bush). But the eclipse is now history. Stores are starting to display Christmas merchandise. School is back in session. We need MIT more than ever. 

MIT is always family friendly. It's safe to bring the kids and grandma! Magenta has air conditioning and concessions to round out the evening. Plus there are some great restaurants in the neighborhood.

Magenta Theater 
1108 Main St., Vancouver

Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m., and will feature Coleman Stevenson, the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver, Open Mic sign up begins at 6:30 p.m.and closes at 7 p.m. 

Learn more

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver

5 ways to support the cause!
If you love what Arts of Clark County is doing for our community, please consider these ways to contribute: 

  1. Donate
    Use PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation to Arts of Clark County. 
  2. Shop
    Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Arts of Clark County using our code #84120. Just by using your rewards card number, and at no cost to you, every time you shop you'll help Arts of Clark County earn a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer.
  3. Shop online
    Use this link to login to Amazon, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase back to Arts of Clark County.

  4. Repurpose
    Donate quality or like-new items to Boomerang coffee house and consignment store. Specify that you would like proceeds to benefit Generosity Partner Arts of Clark County.
  5. Volunteer
    Arts of Clark County is an all-volunteer organization. If you have specialized skills, especially in fundraising, outreach and marketing,
    we'd love to talk with you.
ARTS brief team

Jackie Genis, writer, editor 
Cam Suttles, designer, editor
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ARTS brief is intended to be useful to readers by offering a curated selection of stories and announcements related to the growth of arts in our region. Submitted items should be newsworthy. This means that arts-related items for content consideration must perform well in at least two of the following five areas: timing, significance, proximity, prominence, and human interest. Please submit materials to our lead writer, Jackie Genis,, NO LATER THAN THE 20TH OF EACH MONTH. Note that submission does not guarantee publication. We evaluate each submission to determine how it fits our goals for ARTS brief and whether the item under consideration aligns with the mission and vision of Arts of Clark County. We do not accept materials that primarily have a commercial objective.
About Arts of Clark County
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.