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Elliot Crown

Images operate the same way that memories do; images have this deep-seated attachment to your mind and I like to think that the images ingrain themselves into people…It really makes them want to stop for a minute and read the article. And hopefully it’s not a terribly biased article. And hopefully the image, in itself, […]

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Carole Karemera – healing social trauma through the arts

The main part of our conversation is dedicated to Carole’s description of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and especially, the role that women played in the genocide. Carole then recounts for us the courageous journey of women in the arts in Rwanda, who picked up the task of listening carefully to the needs of their society and the daunting process of reworking their historical “heritage”, the social trauma of genocide together with perpetrators and victims and the new generations.

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February Events from Columbia Center for the Arts

Will you be in Hood River this month? Be sure to reserve some time for these February art events from our neighbors up North!

Still Life: A Moment in Time Feb. 7th – Mar. 2nd This month’s gallery show, Still Life: A Moment in Time, celebrates the rich history of still life painting through contemporary artwork.Learn More…


The Nook Gallery presents: Sue Krigsberg Feb. 7th – Mar. 2nd This month’s Nook Gallery artist is acrylic artists, Sue Krigsberg. Learn More…


School’s Out-Art’s In Exploring Glass Art Wednesdays & Fridays in February Kids explore glass etching, pointillism, cutting glass, and frit painting in a fun and lively atmosphere. Learn More… 

Sense of Place Lecture Series presents: Randy Kiyokawa Feb. 5th Randy Kiyokawa, One Family of Farmers’ Struggles to succeed in the Hood River Valley.

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CAST Theatre production of: ‘ART’ Feb. 13th-15th,

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The Legend of Old Befana

Bryan Ibach and Corrie Gant, onstage during a performance of "The Legend of Old Befana" t the Sawdust Theatre in Coquille, Oregon

Classic folklore meets contemporary storytelling in “The Legend of Old Befana,” a traditional Italian story come to life in a musical celebration of the holidays.

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RCC students performing updated “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Theater art students at Rogue Community College will present a version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that has been adapted to modern-day language. Performances are scheduled 3-4:15 p.m. June 6 and 11 in the Rogue Auditorium, RCC Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy.

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Stories Behind the Statistics

“I was in a play once!” I’m standing in line at a bookstore in my neighborhood, and the woman behind me is telling me her story. She recognized me from a show I did last spring, see, and her eyes light up as she tells me about her high school musical—how she almost didn’t audition, […]

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Is Creativity THE 21st Century Skill?

YES is the answer to this question judging from the enthusiastic audience response on October 10 to Imagination Stage’s Creative Conversation on the topic. One hundred and forty parents, educators, and other stakeholders attended a panel discussion, moderated by Doug Herbert of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement, and then enjoyed […]

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What Do We Really Know About People Who Get Arts Degrees?

As it turns out, quite a bit. Since 2008, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has surveyed graduates of arts training programs…In a few short years, SNAAP has become what is believed to be the largest database ever assembled about the arts and arts education, as well as the most comprehensive alumni survey conducted in any field. Recently, we published our latest findings: A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education and Careers, which has attracted media coverage from [other high profile media outlets and] Forbes, which compares getting an arts degree with getting a law degree—and recommends that prospective law students consider an arts career instead.

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TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

On Friday, June 8, I’ll be presenting my award-winning documentary TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives during the 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in a session titled, Documenting the Importance of Arts Education. The film follows Marlin, an 18-year-old Hondureña, who shares a hidden history about her childhood with a theater company in […]

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