December 2017
In this issue we reflect on the accomplishments and evolutionary changes over the past year and ask for your continued support. We could not do what we do without you. Let's keep moving ahead together!

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Moving forward with your support

As the saying goes, life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.  There are bumpy patches and hills to climb on the road to a more vibrant arts economy. But we'll get there if we can keep moving ahead. 

Following our vision
This past year, Arts of Clark County has helped move our community along this road. But to keep things moving we'll need your continued support. As an all-volunteer nonprofit, we depend upon the kindness of our loyal supporters. We also have faith in those who haven't yet helped but would like to. 

During this season of giving, please consider a donation to help sustain our programs and arts advocacy efforts. 

A year of progress
2017 began for us on a snowy day last January at the Community Library where friends gathered and poets read their works. This was the launch event for our Poetry Moves Season 3 program which places poetry as public art in every C-TRAN bus. We were honored to have Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall as one of the contributing poets. Thanks to supporters and our partnership with C-TRAN and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, Poetry Moves continues to delight and inspire bus riders every single day. In July, Poetry Moves Season 4 introduced contributions from ten student poets in the countywide "Poets in the Schools" program. Season 5 begins in January 2018. 

In February we brought a passionate group of local arts supporters to Arts and Heritage Day in Olympia to share what's going on in the Clark County arts community. We made wonderful connections with our local state representatives and senators as we kicked off planning for our second Arts and Culture Summit. It was back in 2014 when our board of directors decided on the topic of discussion for the summit: How arts infrastructure is critical to a growing arts community and identifying arts spaces and how we can bring them to life. A lively 136 attendees took a full Saturday in September to learn how other communities are investing in the arts. If you haven't checked out CVTV's recording of the morning sessions, you may view it here.

We are encouraged that the City of Vancouver, with the aid of their consultants at BDS Planning, are carrying the torch forward with a revision of the Cultural, Arts and Heritage Plan expected to be completed in early 2018. 

In early November, we celebrated our 5th year of Clark County Open Studios with an opening exhibition at the new CAVE gallery followed by another successful tour of studios a week later. With the help of a City of Vancouver Lodging Tax Grant, we spread our advertising dollars out to distant communities to share the incredible art we have here in our own back yard. In the past five years, over 130 different artists have been juried into the program and have participated in the self-guided, countywide studio tour. 

Beyond our regular programming and behind the scenes, we are working for new policies to encourage arts as a driver of economic development and, really, just reminding everyone that we live in a place we love and where the arts are supported. 

In July, Karen Hannan, director of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), came for a visit. ArtsWA is working on criteria for how Washington State will designate Certified Creative Districts under a newly enacted law. Karen gave us a sneak peak into what this designation might look like. It's really exciting and could be part of our future. 

As for 2018, Arts of Clark County will continue to engage with the community to develop new ideas and programs. 

Thanks to all who have contributed to a successful year for Arts of Clark County. Your donation will help us continue to advance the arts in Clark County and southwest Washington. 
Advancing the arts
Poems selected for Poetry Moves Season 5 

Please join Printed Matter Vancouver, Arts of Clark County, and C-TRAN in congratulating the winners of the 2018 Poetry Moves contest. Poems will appear on all C-TRAN buses from January through June 2018. The Season 5 reading and launch event will be held Sunday, January 14, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Watch for details in our January ARTS brief

Season 5 poets are: April Bullard, Diane Cammer, Denise Campbell, Stella Jeng Guillory, Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Pat Sciuchetti, Gary F. Suda, Susan Williams, Angela Winfield, and Louise Wynn. 

Many thanks to our partners and  poetry judges for 5 seasons of Poetry MovesChristopher Luna,  Printed Matter Vancouver  Editor and Clark County Poet Laureate;  and Toni Luna, Printed Matter Vancouver Editor and Publisher. And thanks, of course, to C-TRAN for their continuing support of this program. 

First Friday Picks

Wearable art by Matthew Hopkins
Wear and Tear: Wearable Art

Four awesome artists will be highlighted in the Wear and Tear show at The CAVE opening December 1 at 5 p.m. Their work has been featured on Grimm, in The Fly, Chronicles of Riddick and recently At Home With Monsters and in a prodigious art show curated by Guillermo del Toro in Los Angeles. 

Please join the artists; Sam Cobb, Matthew Hopkins, Ugo Serrano and Chris Walas over the course of First Friday evening as you enjoy their work. The costumes, constructions and mechanical couture will continue to be on display for the full month of December.

Art at the CAVE
108 E. Evergreen Blvd.,  Vancouver

Karen Folgarelli,  Red Road Home (left),
Chris Fackler-Lowrey,  First Flight (right)
Metamorphosis: Inevitable Change

Second Story Gallery will bring together two contemporary artists who both work to capture the instant of change in their respective art forms. Karen Folgarelli paints the moments, Chris Fackler-Lowery forms porcelain vessels that look as if they're just emerging from another state. Together these two artists will present "Metamorphosis: Inevitable Change," opening December 1 and continuing through January 22.

Second Story Gallery
Upstairs at the
Camas Public Library
624 NE 4th Ave., Camas
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet
Call for Artists
Public art opportunity 

Annie's Artist Flats in Olympia is seeking 2-3 public artists to design and fabricate artwork for exterior locations. Open to professional artists within 120 miles of Olympia. Total artwork budget is $66,000. Application deadline: January 9, 2018. 

Walker John is the developer behind Urban Olympia 4. His mother, Anne John, is an artist and has her own gallery, Art at the Cave, in Vancouver. The new spaces, Annie's Artist Flats and the adjacent Annie's Artist Studios are named for her. 

Walker John and Anne John, in consultation with the public art project manager and the architectural firm representative, comprise the selection team. 

Poetry Happenings

Poet, musician, and teaching artist Jamie Houghton
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m., and will feature Jamie Houghton, author of Burn Site in Bloom.  Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Luna 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: 

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  4. 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
Editorial Policy and submission guidelines
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.