July 2017
Celebrate kid poets this month at the Farmers Market, or pack a picnic blanket to a lively concert at Esther Short Park--or just dream about a bright future for the arts!

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Advancing the arts

Photo: Cam Suttles
8 reasons to be optimistic

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 with greater optimism than ever before. Here's why:

1. Creative placemaking has become de rigueur
Arts and culture as an economic driver is a fact that is now widely accepted and understood among cities, counties, and states wanting to attract employers and employees. The arts are no longer seen as an amenity but as a public good. Enlightened city leaders are now moving their arts and culture programs out of parks and recreation departments and under offices of economic development. ...Continue reading
Poetry Moves
Season 4 launch party

Please join us as we kick off a new batch of poems appearing in all C-Tran buses from July through December 2017. Students from Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna's Poets in the Schools program will read their poems which were selected for this fourth season of  Poetry Moves. Poem bus cards from the prior three seasons of Poetry Moves will be available for $20 each. All proceeds will go toward funding the program. 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 
Vancouver Farmers Market at Esther Short Park
Arts and Culture Summit 2
Agenda takes shape

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 community. Now, five years later, we are planning our second summit on Saturday, September 23 in the Artillery Building at the Fort Vancouver Reserve. The focus is to generate ideas and momentum to create much-needed spaces for arts and culture activities in Vancouver.  Open registration ($35) will be announced and begins later this summer.

Thank you!
PCB, Magenta, ConnectFest

Thank you Pacific Continental Bank for your generous donation. Thank you Magenta Theater and all of you who came out to enjoy Moon Over the Brewery in support of Arts of Clark County and local theater. And finally, thank you to ConnectFest 2017 for providing Arts of Clark County with a nonprofit booth at the Heathen Estate event. Hope to see you there!

First Friday Picks
Art in the Heart

Over a dozen artists will set up along the sidewalk outside Art on the Boulevard Friday,  July 7 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Scheduled artists are: Oleg Ulitskiy, Denise McFadden, Michael Lindstrom, Fay Kahn, Mike Rangner, Emily Schultz, Harry Wheeler, Cirith Sebree-Anderson, Ruth Mabrey, Erskine Wood, Cari and Peter Corbet-Owen, Juliet Moran, and Leland John. 

210 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver

Grist Mill Pooling, Tom Relth
Paintings by Tom Relth

The Second Story Gallery at the Camas Library will display works from Vancouver artist Tom Relth. Featured works focus on hypothetical and representational landscapes. Featured works include Grist Mill Pooling, a 40 x 63 inch canvas. Join the artist Friday, July 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the reception with live music and light refreshments. The exhibit continues through Friday, July 28.

Second Story Gallery, Camas Library
625 NE 4th Ave., Camas
Symphony Sounds
2017 Concert in the Park

Enjoy a family-friendly free outdoor concert in Esther Short Park. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be l ed by conductor-composer, Dr. Donald Appert, Music Department Chair at Clark College with OPB State of Wonder's Aaron Scott as MC. Soprano, Linda Appert, will make a special appearance. Performances will include  Overture to Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss, Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, Copland's Hoedown and film scores from Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars Prior to the concert, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., kids can play a wide variety of musical instruments at Beacock Music's "petting zoo."

6 p.m. Thursday, July 20
Esther Short Park
605 Esther St., Vancouver

Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m. The popular event will feature Oakland poets Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of the 2015 critically acclaimed poetry book, someone's dead already, and Derek Fenner, author of Hermeticities & Others, published in 2016. 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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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.