Welcome to Artstra!

We are a nonprofit arts advocacy group in southwest Washington. Our mission is to elevate the arts, build greater arts awareness, reward creative excellence, and expand arts accessibility.

Since our founding and through our two Arts and Culture Summit events, we have consistently seen a growing need for an art center — a center that can offer studio facilities and classrooms with specialized equipment for a variety of art disciplines together with exhibit space and affordable live/work artist lofts.

With the right public/private partnerships, such an art center is economically feasible and can be the catalyst that moves our community toward becoming a vibrant arts hub. But powerful community support and persuasive arts advocacy from organizations like ours will be essential.

Artstra’s programs include our annual Clark County Open Studios tour and Poetry Moves, a collaborative effort that features the words of local poets on C-Tran buses. Another of our programs, Creative Relief Clark County, offers art supplies to communities with limited access to the tools of creativity. All of these programs are demonstrating the power of art in our lives — to heal us, connect us, transform us, and to fuel the economy.

What’s new

Art on the inside

Artstra takes "Creative Relief" to Larch Corrections Center. Last year when board member Karin Chase [...]

Clark County Open Studios is a free self-guided tour of artist studios held each year in the month of November. Visit site >

Poetry Moves shares poetry on bus channel cards in all C-TRAN buses. Installed on buses every six months are ten new poems by local and regional poets or student poets, including those involved in the Poets in the Schools program. Visit site >

 

Creative Relief Clark County provides arts supplies, project ideas and instruction to communities with limited access to the tools of creativity. Learn more >

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About us

Artstra (formerly Arts of Clark County) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts advocacy group in Clark County and southwest Washington.

Art nourishes our souls, connects our community, and transforms the world.

Our vision is of 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.

Board of directors

Chair Karen Madsen
Vice-ChairSharon Svec
SecretaryJean LaCrosse
Treasurer Annie Davern

Directors
Steven Baer
Dorothy Bocian
Karin Chase
Jackie Genis
Kitty Hibbs
Pat LaCroix
Kelly Neidig
Jennifer Williams
LaRae Zawodny

Board of Directors meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 E 6th St., Vancouver, WA 98660. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Madsen.