Presently there is a very limited supply of venues suitable for performing groups. Performances take place in public school facilities, (which are available for non-school uses on a limited basis) churches, and other “found space”. The Vancouver Symphony, for example, uses Skyview High School auditorium.
There is widespread support for building a center for the arts. A survey conducted by AMS, a nationally recognized consultant on the arts, found that community members in Vancouver believe that performing arts center would be a major asset for the community. They also felt that a performing arts center would not be duplicative of present facilities.
Southwest Washington Center for the Arts represents the culmination of over 30 years of work by the arts and culture community throughout Vancouver and Clark County. The arts not only enhances the quality of our community life but will also invests in our economic vitality. When completed the Center for the Arts will offer significant benefit for the culture, livability and prosperity in our SW region.With a dedicated facility, there is potential to increase the arts contribution nearly 10-fold—as experienced, for example, by Tacoma’s downtown arts and cultural district. Our vision is alive as ever. We are dedicated in whatever way we can to see a high-quality center for the arts, both visual and performing arts, built in Vancouver.