May 2023
After a long wet winter, May is here with her rich energies of expansion, renewal, and abundance. In confluence with the season, the arts in May are bursting with opportunities, calls for artists, grants, and so much more!

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Artstra: advancing the arts
Apply for Open Studios
Open Studios is our yearly juried art event offering a unique opportunity for artists to gain further recognition, open their studio doors to the public, and show and sell their work. Artstra invites Clark County artists and artisans to apply online for this fall’s event.

New this year is the Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship, created to support young artists' career paths. Emerging artists ages 20-30 are encouraged to apply. Recipients will receive a $500-1000 stipend, mentorship from a seasoned Open Studios artist, plus the option to be hosted in another artist's studio.

2023 Open Studios tour is accepting applications through May 31.

Final day to GiveBIG!
GiveBIG is a statewide campaign May 2-3 to help people give where they live.

While there are many worthy groups that you're sure to hear from this week, we ask that you also consider supporting the arts with a generous donation to Artstra.

The arts heal, connect, and transform us. Please help us to keep bringing this "good medicine" to our community; this is the foundation of our programming. We are so thankful for all our volunteers and for the generous and ongoing support from our community! We couldn't do it without you.
Music for the Soul!

Southwest Washington Center for the Arts hosts an evening of Soul! May 17 at 6 p.m. at Kiggins Theatre. Soul! is one of several musical events created as part of the Center for the Arts’ Arts for a Cause initiative. It is also a fundraiser for their July 11 Uplift project which was developed in partnership with Artstra along with several other local nonprofits and businesses.

Uplift will offer children from Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington and Friends of the Children a chance to shop at a local Walmart and to participate in a collaborative art project with take-home art kits provided by Artstra’s Creative Relief program and much more. 

Arts around the community
Washougal Studio Artists Tour May 13-14
Washougal area artists open their studio doors to offer an art-filled family outing for Mother’s Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 pm.

The tour will include nine stops with 25 local artists.

Call for art: Vancouver Art and Music Festival
The inaugural Vancouver USA Arts & Music Festival is coming to Vancouver, Washington, August 4-6 and there are many opportunities to get involved!

Columbia Art Network seeks volunteers and multiple calls for artists to show their work, including vendor booths,festival poster competitions, and juried national and regional art exhibits.

Seedlings? Well, no, but...
Clark County Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino won't be holding his Seedlings workshops this month, but he'll be sprouting up all around the county:

Sammuel Murry-Hawkins
on preserving historic music
Tomorrow evening (Thursday 5/4), Sammuel Murry-Hawkins, Executive Director of the Historic Music Preservation Project will speak on "Preserving Historic Music for Future Generations." Admission is $5. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

Clark County Historical Museum
1511 Main Street, Vancouver

Meet the Vancouver Culture, Arts & Heritage Commission
Step through a magical portal into the Narnia-themed Valiant Ballroom and meet members of the Vancouver Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission. Learn more about how you can get involved in three exciting arts-focused initiatives, the Vancouver arts hub, the Vancouver USA Arts & Music Festival and the 2023 Culture, Arts & Heritage Grant Program. First Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Valiant Ballroom
111 W Ninth St., Vancouver
Culture, arts and heritage grants

The City of Vancouver is accepting applications for culture, arts, and heritage grants. Grant funding totaling $100,000 is available to non-profit or government organizations in Vancouver in 2023.

The deadline to apply is 3 p.m., May 17.

Four ways to support our cause
If you love what Artstra is doing for our community, please consider how you can contribute.

1- Donate
Use PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation to Artstra. 
2- Declutter
Give usable items to Nifty and Thrifty at 6607 E. Mill Plain Blvd. And when those items sell, the money is split 50/50 with participating nonprofits. Just let them know your items are donated to benefit Artstra. 
3- Shop 
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Artstra using our code #84120. Just by using your rewards card number, and at no cost to you, you'll help Artstra earn a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer every time you shop.
4- Volunteer 
Artstra is an all-volunteer organization. We'd love to talk with you if you have specialized skills, especially in fundraising, outreach, and marketing.
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About Artstra
Artstra is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization advocating for the arts in Clark County and southwest Washington. We envision a vibrant arts economy in our region, north of the Columbia River, with public/private investments and facilities that sustain artists and enrich community. Our mission is to elevate the arts, build greater arts awareness, reward creative excellence, and expand arts accessibility.