Arts & Culture Summit 2
Creating space for the arts

Please join us on September 23, 2017 for an important conversation about the future of the arts in Vancouver and Clark County.

In March of 2012, we held the first Clark County Arts and Culture Summit, a gathering of arts organizations, business leaders, local representatives, and individuals who want to see the arts thrive in our community. Now, five years later, we are holding a second summit, focused on generating ideas and momentum to create much-needed spaces for arts and culture activities in Vancouver.

We are very pleased to have as our facilitator, Kris Tucker, former Executive Director of Washington State Arts Commission, Chair of Olympia Artspace Alliance, and Arts Consultant for Fort Worden Public Development Authority.



SOLD OUT. Sorry we are not able to register any more attendees. We have reached capacity for our meeting space. Thank you so much for your interest. Note that the morning sessions of the summit will be recorded by CVTV and will be available for on-demand viewing. Please email if you have questions. Thank you.

Artillery Barracks
Vancouver National Historic Reserve
600 East Hathaway Road
Vancouver, WA 98661

8 a.m. – 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 23, 2017

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For more information, please contact Annie Davern or Karen Madsen.

Summit Facilitator

kris_tucker_web_125pxKris Tucker
Former Executive Director of Washington State Arts Commission (1999 – 2014), Kris is Chair of Olympia Artspace Alliance and advisor to Fort Worden Public Development Authority as they revitalize the historic campus to create new and improved spaces to meet, create, learn and play.

Panel Moderators

stacey_graham_web_125pxStacey Graham
Stacey is Chair of The Historic Trust and is President of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Previously, she was Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of First Independent Bank of Vancouver.

temple_lentz2_web_125pxTemple Lentz
Business Director for the Heather DeFord Group of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Temple is a Partner with High Five Media. She co-created and hosts Hello Vancouver, a live talk show focused on the incredible things happening in the southwest corner of Washington State.

ethan_seltzer_web_125pxEthan Seltzer
Ethan serves as the Interim Director of the School of Art+Design, and as a Professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.

Local Community Presenters 

jan_bader_summitJeanette (Jan) Bader
Jan is the City of Vancouver’s Program and Policy Development Manager. She oversees the City’s historic preservation efforts including the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. She also manages the City’s public art program and is spearheading development of the City’s new Cultural, Art and Heritage Plan.

burrowsRichard Burrows
Richard is Director of Community Outreach and Programs at The Historic Trust. He is also former Executive Director of ArtsEd Washington where he worked on strategies for a statewide education delivery model with a deeper impact on arts education.

Fortmann4Tracy Fortmann
Tracy is Superintendent of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a part of the National Park Service. She participated in the transition of former army forts in and near San Francisco, now Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture and Headlands Center for the Arts.

madsen2Karen Madsen
Karen (KC) is an artist, curator and Chair of Arts of Clark County. Her primary art practice involves painting, mixed media, and sculpture. Her work was exhibited in the Portland Art Museum’s 2006 Oregon Biennial. She led the development of the Clark County Arts and Culture Summit.

jim_hagarJim Hagar
Jim is Economic Development Project Manager for the Port of Vancouver USA. Prior to working at the Port, he was Economics Department and Project Manager at HDR Engineering.

Rotherham_LoriLori Rotherham
Lori is Principal at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, a grade 6-12 arts magnet school, a part of the Vancouver Public Schools system. VSAA is currently planning a significant expansion of its facilities, including new spaces for both performing and visual arts.


julie_alexander_web_125pxJulie Alexander
Julie is regional Asset Manager for Artspace. She manages six properties including Everett Lofts in Everett and Tashiro Kaplan, Hiawatha, and Mt. Baker Lofts in Seattle, Everett Station in Portland and Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Ayzoukian_HeadshotChris Ayzoukian
Chris is General Manager of the planned Beaverton Center for the Arts. He served as Vice President, Philharmonic and Production, for the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl, where he oversaw operations and productions.

cris_caravaca_summitCristina Caravaca
Cris is a Senior Manager in the Hillsboro Parks & Rec. department. She oversees the Cultural Arts Program, which includes the Walter Cultural Arts Center, Arts & Culture Council, Public Art Program, and the Arts & Culture Endowment.  

robert_cochran_v2_125pxRobert Cochran
Robert is Building Manger and Technical Director at Rose Center For the Arts in Longview. The Rose Center features a 525-seat auditorium, 125-seat thrust theater, rehearsal hall, art gallery, recording lab, classrooms, practice rooms and faculty offices.

linda_k_johnson_web_125pxLinda K. Johnson
Linda is an interdisciplinary dance artist and educator. She co-founded Conduit Dance and is former Director of Education for Oregon Ballet Theatre. Linda was a part of the founding faculty and was an artist consultant for Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. She is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

jeff_jahn_summitJeff Jahn
Jeff an independent curator, art critic, publisher, composer and artist. He has been published in Art in America, Modern Painters, Art Critical, NY Arts Magazine and Diesel among others. He co-created and is the primary writer for the Portland art news and reviews blog, PORT.

Joy_Heather_summitHeather Joy
As Spaceworks Tacoma Manager, Heather leads an effort to support and promote the creative enterprise that is transforming Tacoma into a culturally vibrant city. An artist and small business owner, she is also former Director of Programs for Artist Trust.

Jim-Kavelage_3Jim Kalvelage
Jim is a Partner with Opsis Architecture, focusing on designing architecture in the public realm. Recognized as one of the Northwest’s leading designers, he regularly participates in design critiques at local universities and lectures at national sustainable design conferences.

Michael_WalshMichael Walsh
Michael is Executive Director of the Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks and Recreation, providing visual and performing arts education to the greater Portland community. He previously was Associate Director of Portland’s Community Music Center.


Arts of Clark County would like to thank everyone who made this day possible. We are greatly encouraged by your contribution and support for an event we know will benefit our entire community. We also thank every attendee for setting aside a Saturday for a discussion on arts infrastructure. It is a thrill to see so many passionate supporters of the arts.

Kris Tucker

Opening Blessing
Karissa Lowe

Anne McEnerny-Ogle

Local Community Presentations
Jan Bader, Richard Burrows, Tracy Fortman,
Jim Hagar, Karen Madsen, Lori Rotherham

Panel Moderators
Stacey Graham, Ethan Seltzer, Temple Lentz

Julie Alexander, Chris Ayzoukian, Cris Caravaca,
Robert Cochran, Jeff Jahn, Linda K. Johnson,
Heather Joy, Jim Kalvelage, Michael Walsh

The Historic Trust and City of Vancouver

Volunteer Support
Clark County Arts Commission

Foodē Café & Catering

9 Bar Espresso Coffee Roasters

NW Wine Distributors, Bethany Vineyards and Winery,
Holland America Flowers, Stavalaura Vineyards and Winery

Printing Services
Clark County Print Shop