May 2017
In May we are thinking of tilling soil and planting seeds -- actually seeds of ideas about the arts and our local economy. We also invite you to a play as way of supporting the arts. And finally, a reminder: i f you are a Clark County artist, consider applying for this year's Open Studios tour. Don't wait! The deadline is May 31.

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Advancing the arts

Beaverton's planned Center for the Arts. Rendering courtesy Opsis Architecture.

Other cities our size are building arts centers

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 new arts centers are simply offering more choices for both urban and suburban audiences. 

As urban centers grow dense and more congested, arts and culture amenities in outlying areas are increasingly in demand and becoming more economically sustainable. When people go to their local city centers, they want to do more than buy merchandise or have dinner. They want a connection with their creative culture and to experience a sense of place.

Los Angeles suburbs are responding with facilities like the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge and the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Each of these was discussed in an enlightening KCRW radio interview in 2011. There is clearly a parallel here with the perceived challenges Vancouver has in relation to Portland.

Perfect examples of new centers opening or breaking ground in the Northwest are the planned Beaverton Center for the Arts, enthusiastically supported by Mayor Denny Doyle (a panelist at our 2012 Arts and Culture Summit) and the soon-to-open Performing Arts and Event Center in the city of Federal Way, just north of Tacoma.

While these cities are close to larger urban centers, they have recognized the cultural and economic value of having spaces for the arts to thrive within their communities. With the revitalization of our downtown and the riverfront underway, this is an ideal time for Vancouver to take a tip from other communities and make building a robust arts infrastructure a high priority.
Call for Artists!
Deadline to apply is May 31
5th annual Open Studios tour 

If you are a visual artist living in Clark County working in any medium, you are invited to apply to be a participating artist in our 5th annual Open Studios tour. 

This is a juried art event offering a unique opportunity to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, exhibit, and sell your work. 

The application deadline is May 31, 2017.  

Magenta's "Moon Over The Brewery" performance to benefit Arts of Clark County

Magenta Theater's "Moon Over The Brewery" directed by Melissa Barnick

Please buy tickets for the June 15, 7:30 p.m. performance
30% of the revenue will go towards Arts of Clark County programs

Let's pack the house to raise funds for the arts while supporting local theater!  Magenta Theater has partnered with Arts of Clark County to promote Bruce Graham's play "Moon Over The Brewery," directed by Melissa Barnick. Please join us for this wonderful performance on June 15, 7:30 p.m. 

First Friday Pick
North Bank's 14-Year Journey
A retrospective, farewell group show

The gallery's final exhibition, "Impact: North Bank's 14-Year Journey," features current and past North Bank Artists members, guest artists, interns and studio artists.  Opening reception is First  Friday, May 5, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Come honor the profound legacy of North Bank Artists Community Project and celebrate. Meet the artists, enjoy beverages and nibbles and purchase a special piece of art for your home.

1005 Main St., Vancouver
Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. The popular event will feature Robert Lashley, author of The Homeboy Songs, published by Small Doggies press and Up South, published in March of this year. 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
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.