The development of a thriving arts center north of the Columbia River has been key to Artstra’s vision as an organization. In advocating for arts infrastructure, we encourage visionary leadership committed to learning not only from excellent built examples across the nation, but from history.
ARTS CENTER EFFORTS TIMELINE
City of Vancouver buys the old First Presbyterian Church. Columbia Arts Center begins operations and renovations, subsidized by the City.
Volunteer nine-member Cultural Commission established to advise Vancouver City Council.
Vancouver Cultural Commission introduces “cultural plan” to promote, fund and enhance the City’s arts and heritage programs.
Royal Durst Theatre opens at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.
City takes over financially troubled Columbia Arts Center, asks nonprofit group to leave.
The Cooperative Arts Council of Clark County takes over operations of Columbia Arts Center.
Columbia Arts Center closes suddenly, locks changed, performances cancelled.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra begins performing at Skyview Concert Hall.
Arts organizations tour Vancouver Barracks with Minneapolis-based Artspace.
City sells old First Presbyterian Church building, new owner offers a portion of the space for a revived Columbia Arts Center.
Public forum on the future of the arts in Clark County held at WSUV with speakers Barbara Shepherd of JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Kristy Edmunds of PICA, and Chris Velasco of Artspace who, The Columbian reported, shared study “showing that 150 artists working in various media within this region would move into the [Vancouver Barracks] tomorrow if they were turned into studios. In addition, he said he has interest from 20 arts organizations within a 100-mile radius that also would like to relocate here.”
WSU Vancouver considers building performing arts center.
North Bank Artists Gallery opens.
Southwest Washington Center for the Arts (SWCA) founded with a mission “to facilitate the building of a world class center for the arts to enhance the educational, economic, and cultural vitality for SW Washington, to be centrally located in the city of Vancouver.”
Proposal developed for ARTillery arts community at Vancouver Barracks.
Historic Trust decides Artillery building is better suited for lodging and suggests Post Hospital for arts center.
SWCA produces a feasibility study showing option for performing arts center within $110 million mixed-use development on downtown Vancouver’s Block 10.
City halts development on Block 10 for two years while SWCA seeks funds for development.
SWCA’s 2-year option for Block 10 runs out.
Historic Trust holds community conversation about Post Hospital building as a possible arts center.
Artstra holds Arts and Culture Summit, “Creating a voice”
SWCA produces feasibility for a performing arts center on the site of the Vancouver Police Headquarters in the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
Vancouver seeks new proposals for Block 10.
VOCA opens flexible space arts venue.
Slocum House Theater closes.
Vancouver City Council dedicates downtown Arts District
North Bank Artists Gallery closes its doors.
Art at the Cave gallery opens
Artstra holds second Arts and Culture Summit, “Creating space for the arts”
SWCA produces a feasibility analysis for a waterfront performing arts center.
Vancouver establishes new Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission.
KO Projects with Opsis Architecture produces feasibility study for a performing arts center possibly co-located with an arts-focused elementary school and maker space on the site of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s headquarters.