Help shape a future arts center

2020-11-12T08:59:03-08:00November 12th, 2020|Arts advocacy, Community Involvement|

The City of Vancouver and Historic Trust, with support from Artstra, are working on a concept to repurpose the Vancouver police headquarters building (located at 605 E. Evergreen Blvd.) into the Arts Headquarters, a community arts center that could potentially offer studio space, classrooms, a gallery, and makerspaces. If you are an artist, maker, or [...]

Shop art for the holidays

2020-11-11T12:23:58-08:00November 11th, 2020|Arts advocacy|

We are coming up on what should have been Open Studios weekend and many will miss that special opportunity to connect with artists. To say this year has been challenging is an understatement. Many local businesses and artists continue to struggle. Although our annual Open Studios Tour is cancelled this year, we can still enjoy [...]

Many thanks to our supporters

2020-11-11T12:13:55-08:00October 30th, 2020|Arts advocacy|

Artstra thanks all who contributed to supporting the arts during the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington's Give More 24! day of giving. It was gratifying to see so many local arts organizations supported by our community. The arts have had to adjust and take new approaches to reaching out and to surviving during this stressful [...]

Art can bring us together

2019-09-01T12:48:52-07:00July 1st, 2019|Arts advocacy, Community Involvement|

Like nothing else, art can reach across boundaries that divide us. Art, inherently, is an experience that is bigger than all the clutter and noise in our lives. Art doesn't actually need to have "meaning," narrative, message, or an agenda. In fact, some of the best art just asks us to "look at this" or [...]

Get to know the Artstra team

2019-03-08T14:58:48-08:00February 28th, 2019|Arts advocacy|

It takes a lot of passion, energy, and experience for a small, all-volunteer, nonprofit arts organization to get things done. And while we hope our work speaks for itself, we thought we'd share with you a little about our talented and expert team. Please have a look and feel free to contact us if you'd [...]

We are now Artstra

2020-05-14T17:42:20-07:00January 29th, 2019|Arts advocacy|

As we look ahead to a bright future for the arts, the nonprofit Arts of Clark County, formed nearly a decade ago, has changed its name to Artstra. The name change, effective Feb. 1, “more accurately reflects our independent spirit,” says Chair Karen Madsen. “We are not affiliated with any government entity, and yet we [...]

Highlights from the Cultural Congress and Confab

2020-05-14T17:42:37-07:00October 30th, 2018|Arts advocacy, Economic Development, Professional Development|

The Cultural Congress and Confab, a 3-day conference hosted by Washington State Art Alliance with support from the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) brought together art educators, advocates, students, non- and for profit art groups to address some of the most relevant issues affecting the arts in Washington state. This year's conference ran from October [...]

Common Ground promotes arts awareness

2020-05-14T17:43:36-07:00August 2nd, 2018|Arts advocacy, Community Involvement|

Common Ground (August 6-11) is a six-day "gathering for curious people" created by The Historic Trust. Activities take place at the Marshall House, Howard House, Artillery Barracks, Red Cross Building, Providence Academy Ballroom and Chapel, and several outdoor locations. The schedule of events includes read alouds, history, literature displays, tapestry exhibitions, art workshops, opera, tours, [...]