The Ridgefield Art Association was conceived in 1992 by a group of local
artists who were interested in connecting, mentoring, teaching and bringing art
to the greater Ridgefield area. There was a thriving student art scene in Ridgefield, yet the community-at-large, including emerging artists and
children, had no local access to exhibits, performances or expanded educational
or economic opportunities.
This small group of charter members hoped that a unifying
organization could bring the arts to Ridgefield in a productive and inspiring
way. They believed that an organization such as the Ridgefield Art Association
would improve the quality of life for every Ridgefield resident as well as
those in greater Clark County, Washington.
A Washington state non-profit corporation was created in 1993 and a volunteer board was established. The organization remains 100%
volunteer run and managed today.
Since 1993 we have donated 16 art grants to high school students, sponsored the purchase of arts
literature and speakers for the local public library, contributed to the first
public piece of art in downtown Ridgefield, donated art grants to the
elementary and junior high schools, including a 2007 donation towards the Union
Ridge Elementary School ceramic kiln as well as sponsoring Art Exhibits every year.
Fundraising by the art association along with generous donations from
citizens, individual artist members and local businesses have been instrumental
in our continuing sponsorship of these events and opportunities. Art is alive and well in Ridgefield and its importance to the community continues to grow.
Although a majority of members are professional artists and artisans, nurturing and building self-confidence in emerging artists has been one of the main goals of our organization. Our arts grants and scholarships have helped validate the talent of many of Clark County's artists today. We have also helped launch many of our adult members from amateur to professional arts careers.
Ridgefield Art Association's long term goals include increasing accessibility to the arts and we encourage galleries,
musicians, dancers, visual artists, theatre productions, filmmakers, videographers and other art groups to
perform, exhibit, work and locate in Ridgefield. The Art Association is an inclusive group and its members and supporters strive to help the Arts thrive in all forms.
The Ridgefield Art Association is always looking for volunteers, new members, business sponsors and teachers of the arts. Please join us.
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if you wish to donate or sponsor the art association. We accept new artist and artisan members and welcome art supporters and sponsors!
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Post Office Box 746
Ridgefield, WA 98642-0746
Dues and Fees Information:
Treasurer, Ridgefield Art Association, POB 746, Ridgefield, WA 98642-0746
Elizabeth Madrigal, email@example.com, or mail at 31607 NW 44th Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642