June 2016
Welcome to June! To kick things off summer style, Arts of Clark County's grants program applications are available online and ready to serve artists and arts organizations with cool project ideas that will also benefit the greater community. 

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Advancing the Arts
Arts of Clark County's Grants Program applications available now

by Jackie Genis

Money anyone? 

The time is ripe to apply to one of seven grants available to individual artists and arts organizations. Now in its second year with a successful launch in tow, the Arts of Clark County's money pot for grants is brimming with $4,500 to split among winning applicants. The deadline is August 15. The juried grants are awarded in the fall. 

"Having an application process, and a regularly scheduled award time allows for artists and nonprofits to budget and plan around the application deadline," said Karen Madsen, chair of Arts of Clark County. "A small grant can end up being the catalyst to ... Continue reading

Up next on C-Tran buses: poems from local student poets

Poetry Moves is a project of C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, Printed Matter Vancouver, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. You are invited to a special event, Sunday, July 3, 2016 10 a.m. to noon at Esther Short Park and Vancouver Farmers Market. 

This event is the public release of the student poems chosen for Poetry Moves (poems on the C-Tran buses) from July-December 2016. We will acknowledge the 10 students whose poems have been selected. Each student will have the opportunity to read his or her winning poem. A C-Tran bus will be parked in front of the Slocum House on 6th Street so that each of these young poets can see how their poem will look when mounted inside the bus.

First Friday Picks

Fading View by Mitch Baird
Mitch Baird
Art on the Boulevard

Representational painter Mitch Baird opens his solo show, Nature's Intrigue, today at Art on the Boulevard during First Friday's opening reception at 5 p.m. You get to meet the artist and enjoy his latest collection of oil paintings, which are an exploration of nature and all of its beauty. Baird believes that painting is a celebration of life. Expect light complimentary refreshments. The show runs through July 30. 

210 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver

Bronze art by Georgia Gerber
Hidden Bronze Birds
Downtown Camas works to bring engaging art to town

Try something new and quirky to get your art on and check out the downtown Camas Hidden Bronze Bird Tour. A bronze bird will rest on each block (a total of 12 birds) encouraging people to explore the town while also discovering the various types of birds, including a woodpecker, dove, wrens, ducks, stellar jays, and more! The tour is family friendly and is meant to enhance art appreciation and attract more visitors. 

Of Note
Washington State Arts Alliance convenes in Vancouver

WSAA is holding a Regional Convening on Saturday, June 11 from  3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This will be a gathering and discussion on advocacy efforts of local and statewide issues. It is an opportunity to meet and help WSAA reassess major priorities, clarify goals, and reinvigorate participation the Arts Alliance as they move forward.

Twilight Pizza Bistro
1905 SE 192nd Ave. Suite 101
Teaching Artist Training Lab now accepting applications

ArtsWA is now accepting applications for the sixth year of the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, an eight-month professional development program for teaching artists working in all artistic disciplines and in all regions across Washington State.
Artist Talk

No Reference Point
by Karen Folgarelli
Karen Folgarelli

Artist Karen Folgarelli gives an informal artist talk at Angst Gallery on Saturday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The talented artist is trained in illustration and design. She worked as an art director and photography stylist before discovering process painting. Folgarelli's inspiration comes from science, music, metaphysics, literature, and a childlike sense of wonder. Her work merges the physical with a metaphysical quest for discovery and personal evolution. Expect to see the unfolding expression of merging moments.

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
Poetry Happenings
John Kay is the featured artist and poet at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Angst Gallery on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. The Camas resident is widely published. His most recent book is This Particular Kiss. E-mail Christopher Luna to register for the workshop. 

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.
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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.