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Welcome to the
Clark County Arts Commission

"As human beings, we look for common experiences and want to share our experiences—that’s what writing is all about. You tell someone a story and they try to relate that to their own lives—there's a communal experience. We're trying to puzzle out the meaning of the world around us—that’s what the humanities is all about."

 

- GARTH STEIN

   Author, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Call for Clark County Poet Laureate 2024-2026 Includes a $3,000 Stipend - Deadline extended

 

Every two years the Clark County Arts Commission selects a Poet Laureate to engage our county in the literary arts. Duties include: promoting poetry as an art form, expanding access to the literary arts, and encouraging poetry as a regional voice that contributes to a sense of place.

 

Important details 

  • Application deadline is Friday, December 31st, 2023 Application Link or a PDF Downloadable version ( after clicking, go to your browser and click export as PDF)

  • 2-year appointment beginning May 1, 2024

  • A volunteer position with grant/stipend options available 

  • Applicant must be a Clark County resident, over 18 years of age, and a practicing, published poet

  • Applicant must have a commitment to community outreach and collaboration; interest in promoting equity and inclusion through the arts

  • The appointed Poet Laureate will have the flexibility to shape a scope of work that reflects their interests, skills, and abilities

Theater

Music

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Visual 
Art

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Poetry &
Literary

Girl Dancing Dance

Dance

2022
Lifetime
Achievement
Award

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The Clark County Arts Commission is excited to award the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul E. Christensen—and a lifetime of achievement in many, many arenas certainly defines this remarkable gentleman. 

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The Anstine Gallery

Upcoming Events

  • Poet Laureate Application CCAC - EXTENDED to Dec. 31st
    Poet Laureate Application CCAC - EXTENDED to Dec. 31st
    Thu, Oct 12
    Clark County Poet Laureate 2024 -2026 App
    Oct 12, 2023, 7:00 PM – Dec 09, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Clark County Poet Laureate 2024 -2026 App
    Oct 12, 2023, 7:00 PM – Dec 09, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Clark County Poet Laureate 2024 -2026 App
    Clark County Poet Laureate 2024 -2026 Application $3,000 stipend Link to PDF for download . . .https://artstra.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/CCPL-application-form-112823.pdf
  • Magenta Theater Presents: The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
    Magenta Theater Presents: The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
    Fri, Dec 01
    Magenta Theater
    Dec 01, 2023, 7:00 PM – Dec 17, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Dec 01, 2023, 7:00 PM – Dec 17, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    In this delightful companion play to Miss Bennet, Gunderson and Melcon once again bring Austen’s beloved characters to the stage for a yuletide sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: 1940s Radio Hour: A Christmas Carol
    Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: 1940s Radio Hour: A Christmas Carol
    Fri, Dec 01
    Metropolitan Performing Arts
    Dec 01, 2023, 9:00 PM – Dec 17, 2023, 9:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    Dec 01, 2023, 9:00 PM – Dec 17, 2023, 9:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    Enjoy the long-awaited sequel to the popular The 1940's Radio Hour!
  • Marketing for Artists / Auburn Workshop Series
    Marketing for Artists / Auburn Workshop Series
    Thu, Dec 07
    Postmark Center for the Arts
    Dec 07, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Postmark Center for the Arts, 100 Auburn Ave, Auburn, WA 98002, USA
    Dec 07, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Postmark Center for the Arts, 100 Auburn Ave, Auburn, WA 98002, USA
    An in-person workshop on marketing for artists!
  • The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Dec 08
    Vancouver
    Dec 08, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:20 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Dec 08, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:20 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, will be a delightfully entertaining.
  • Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 09
    Mon Ami Cafe
    Dec 09, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Dec 09, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Come join some local artists while they drink coffee, sketch, and hang out! Every Saturday 10:30-12:00 at Mon Ami Cafe in downtown Vancouver.
  • The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 09
    Vancouver
    Dec 09, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Dec 09, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, will be a delightfully entertaining.
  • The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 09
    Vancouver
    Dec 09, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Dec 09, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, will be a delightfully entertaining.
  • The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Dec 15
    Vancouver
    Dec 15, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Dec 15, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, will be a delightfully entertaining.
  • Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 16
    Mon Ami Cafe
    Dec 16, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Dec 16, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Come join some local artists while they drink coffee, sketch, and hang out! Every Saturday 10:30-12:00 at Mon Ami Cafe in downtown Vancouver.
  • The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 16
    Vancouver
    Dec 16, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Dec 16, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, will be a delightfully entertaining.
  • The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    The Wizard of OZ - Journey Theater Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 16
    Vancouver
    Dec 16, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Dec 16, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Vancouver, 1400 NE 136th Avenue #201, (Journey offices), Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
    Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, will be a delightfully entertaining.
  • Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 23
    Mon Ami Cafe
    Dec 23, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Dec 23, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Come join some local artists while they drink coffee, sketch, and hang out! Every Saturday 10:30-12:00 at Mon Ami Cafe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Sip and Sketch at Mon Ami Cafe
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 30
    Mon Ami Cafe
    Dec 30, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Dec 30, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mon Ami Cafe, 1906 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA
    Come join some local artists while they drink coffee, sketch, and hang out! Every Saturday 10:30-12:00 at Mon Ami Cafe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Newsies
    Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Newsies
    Fri, Jan 19
    The Brunish Theater
    Jan 19, 2024, 10:00 PM – Feb 04, 2024, 10:00 PM
    The Brunish Theater, 4th Floor, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
    Jan 19, 2024, 10:00 PM – Feb 04, 2024, 10:00 PM
    The Brunish Theater, 4th Floor, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
    Enjoy this classic show at the Brunish Theater!
  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Rip Van Wrinkle and the Sandman
    Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Rip Van Wrinkle and the Sandman
    Sat, Mar 02
    Metropolitan Performing Arts
    Mar 02, 2024, 10:00 PM – Mar 03, 2024, 10:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    Mar 02, 2024, 10:00 PM – Mar 03, 2024, 10:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    Written by our own in-house playwright, William Johnson, this play takes us on the Journey of Rip Van Winkle as he falls asleep and meets Dream who takes him on a journey through the realms
  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Next to Normal
    Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Next to Normal
    Fri, Mar 15
    Metropolitan Performing Arts
    Mar 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – Mar 30, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    Mar 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – Mar 30, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.
  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Fame
    Metropolitan Performing Arts Presents: Fame
    Fri, May 10
    Metropolitan Performing Arts
    May 10, 2024, 7:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    May 10, 2024, 7:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Metropolitan Performing Arts, 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA
    An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film and television franchise, Fame The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame!

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