Many benefits to a thriving arts community

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“Poetry, pottery, punk rock. It’s all art. The more that we can identify where we all are creatively, and the more we can come together around that, the better off we all are.”

This statement came from former Camas resident Geoff Walker, who along with Vancouver resident Laurel Whitehurst helped to spearhead the formation of the non-profit Arts of Clark County. The group fund raises and has a mission to encourage and enhance cultural and artistic expression.

With these goals in mind, on March 3 the Arts of Clark County and Clark County Arts Commission are putting together a “summit,” which will focus on how art has impacted Northwest cities and the role the arts will play in the county’s future. The event will be begin at 8 a.m. at the Fort Vancouver Reserve.

This event, titled “Cities Connecting with the Arts,” is several years in the making, as members of both organizations have worked tirelessly to shed light on how a blossoming artistic community is one element of a successful overall community that draws new residents and new businesses and increases the livability of an area.

Participants in the summit will hear from community leaders involved in supporting the arts as well as artists and performers. Attendees will shape their ideas about how Clark County can be its own arts advocate.

This event is an illustration of Walker’s statement about the benefits of an active art community, and how each one of us can contribute to creating a more livable Clark County.