Arts Education on Fort Vancouver?

[From the Fort Vancouver National Trust]

The Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking input from arts organizations, educators and artists regarding the proposed adaptive reuse of the Post Hospital as an arts education center. 

The Post Hospital opened in 1905 and in 1918 aided in the recovery of more than 20,500 patients who fell ill to the Spanish Influenza that year. The building has most recently served as offices for the Army, but has been vacant since the mid-nineties. The Post Hospital is owned by the city of Vancouver, but the Fort Vancouver National Trust holds the lease for the building and is considering it as a venue for the arts and arts education.

Artists of all disciplines and interested members of the public are invited to participate in a Community Conversation about the potential use of the Post Hospital as an arts education center. Participants will take a tour of the building (scheduled in advance by appointment) on Thursday, February 10. The Community Conversation will then follow on Tuesday, February 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

During the conversation, participants will be asked to provide input on the potential uses of the space based on insights gleaned during the tour and to brainstorm with peers in a short breakout session divided into four discipline categories: Visual Arts, Performing Arts – Dance & Music, Performing Arts – Theater and Literary Arts.

Those interested in participating in this Community Conversation should schedule your tour of the Post Hospital by contacting the Fort Vancouver National Trust, 360-992-1800.

2 thoughts on “Arts Education on Fort Vancouver?

  1. Noel Middlecamp says:

    Though no longer a resident of the Portland area, I think the Post Hospital could be a great place for Portland/Vancouver artists and art education. I suggest you look at the “Torpedo Factory” in Alexandria, Virginia. Transformation of the old munitions factory started in the early 1980s as studio space for individuals and art groups to rent space which they “improved” themselves.
    Good luck!

  2. What a wonderful, fabulous idea! Our community is a long-time overdue for a home to our visual and performing arts. This would give the arts community in Vancouver a place of permanence, and concentrate the local talents in one area to collaborate and take our Vancouver to the new heights!

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