Mayor Leavitt to open First Clark County Arts & Culture Summit March 3

February 27, 2012

by Martha Martin

Clark County Arts Commission

The first Clark County Arts and Culture Summit, sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission and Arts of Clark County, will be held Saturday March 3, 2012. The location is the Artillery Barracks, the newest addition to Fort Vancouver, located at 600 East Hatheway Road in Vancouver Washington.

The event begins at 8am, with Mayor Tim Leavitt as opening speaker. The cost is $25 per person, with space limited to 140 people. Lunch and snacks are included with the registration fee.

The event is described by sponsors as a community conversation that will “create a voice” for Clark County arts. The one-day summit is designed to bring the Clark County arts community together to begin the work of building a future for arts.

History of the Summit

In April 2011, the Washington State Arts Alliance held its annual Cultural Congress at Skamania Lodge. Despite the wealth and diversity of artists and arts organizations in Clark County, Southwest Washington was not represented at this major event. Only four people from our area attended, learning that Clark County appeared to be invisible in the statewide arts community. According to the Summit sponsors, this invisibility “stifles our access to Washington State resources and those of our close neighbor, Portland.”

Pat LaCroix, event organizer said “We have incredibly talented people here, working in all area of the arts. Working together, we can highlight, support, and grow our arts community, and become recognized for the great work that is done here every day.”

People representing all sectors, including the arts community, business, organizations, and government officials, are encouraged to attend.

Registration

To register for the event, which is filling up quickly, visit the Arts of Clark County website at: http://www.artsofclarkcounty.org/summit/index.htm. The event is from 8am to 5pm, with additional networking-social time from 5-6:pm.