Arts Alive! Event set for Sept. 18

Free event will feature 25 Clark County arts organizations in downtown Vancouver

A free, inaugural Arts Alive! event, featuring 25 arts organizations throughout Clark County will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Clark County Public Service Center Plaza, 1300 Franklin St., in downtown Vancouver. 

The event will feature live performances on the main stage from Columbia Dance, Journey Theater, Magenta Theater, Metropolitan Performing Arts, Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, Traveling Day Society, Vancouver Ballet Folklórico and Washington Dance Creative. 

The gazebo will host poetry by current and past Clark County Poets Laureate Armin Tolentino, Gwendolyn Morgan and Christopher Luna. In a separate area, children can have fun writing poems and making fish origami to attach to a “net of life.” 

Arts Alive! is a collaborative effort of Artstra, Clark County Arts Commission and Columbia Arts Network. 

“The goal,” Artstra chair Karen Madsen said, “is to invite the public to reconnect with the arts. People will learn what each of these groups are up to and they can check out the upcoming season for what to expect in the coming year. We hope this will really be a celebration, welcoming back the season of the arts, bringing the arts alive.”

Free parking will be available in the adjacent parking garage. 

For more information, visit artstra.org/events/arts-alive