Clark County Arts Commission
Serving Clark County Since 2010
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With your support we are creating a voice and empowering our arts community!

The Arts hold the power to inspire, enlighten and bridge communities. They also drive the economy by creating jobs, ancillary services, stimulating tourism and raising tax revenues. Artists also support the local communities and businesses that have supported them. It's win-win for everyone, particularly our youth. We know the Arts are good for us.  In fact the Arts can be an inter-generational bridge encouraging mentors and apprentices to work side by side with shared passion. Children who direct their imagination into creative outlets are happier and grow up to be happier and more engaged adults.  In fact, the latest advances in art and music therapies reveal that the Arts heal not only broken bodies but broken minds.

The Arts Commissioners encourage you to enrich your lives by attending art exhibits, theater performances, book readings, musical events and the wonderful cultural and arts offerings available right here in Clark County.  Whether you are a film buff, a symphony concert-goer, attend cultural events at the museum or go to a comedy club, your life will be richer. We also encourage you to take up an instrument, a paintbrush, sing, dance, write that blog or great America novel. We have a wealth of private arts teachers and mentors willing to share their knowledge with adults and youth. In fact, maybe one of them is you!

The arts do not exist in a vacuum. Artists need infrastructure, support and advocates! Your support is critical for local artists to be able to continue their practices. With your help Clark County is evolving into an arts and cultural destination that will delight both citizens and visitors. Join us at our meetings each month.. We want your input and ideas and to learn about the arts and cultural events in your Clark County neighborhood. If you are a Clark County resident performing or exhibiting elsewhere, let us know so that we can support your event. If you would like to volunteer, contact any of the commissioners.

Our Purpose

The Clark County Arts Commission was authorized on March 7th, 2010 by a unamimous vote of the Clark County Commissioners. (Resolution 2010-03-07) We thank Commissioners Mark Boldt, Tom Mielke and Steve Stuart and County Administrator Bill Barron for their vision and willingness to support the Arts. We also wish to acknowledge the towns and cities of Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Woodland, Yacolt and the business and education communities for their support of the Arts. The Clark County Arts Commissioners offers the citizens of Clark County new opportunities to participate, learn and experience the Arts and the many cultural offerings available in our wonderful home communities.

The primary purpose of the Arts Commission is to promote and support the arts in Clark County. The 11-member commission works to promote awareness of the arts, expand accessibility to art in public places, and support collaboration among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups and cultural organizations.

The commission also supports local artists and arts groups in their efforts to secure grants and other financing, and celebrates the creative talents and diverse skills of Clark County residents.

Eight commission members represent the arts in the communities in Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Woodland and Yacolt. These members are nominated by each jurisdiction and will serve four-year terms.

Three members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Those members represent unincorporated Clark County, an arts education profession and a local business person. These members initially served two-year terms, but each subsequent term is currently four years.
 
We hope you enjoy the photos below.  They are all from local theatre productions, artists, galleries, arts advocates and supporters and represent local work by local artists and performers.
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