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Creating Connection, Free One-Day Arts Advocacy Workshop
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

If you work for an arts and culture organization, Creating Connection will provide you with some of the best practices, tips, tools, and resources for attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and developing deeper relationships with diverse communities.

Who can benefit from this one-day workshop? Independent artists and graphic designers, marketing, PR and executive leadership, and social media managers, staff and board from arts and culture organizations, museums,  or art galleries.

Learn how to move arts from a “nicety” to a “necessity” and tips to enhance audiences’ experience through active programming. Creating Connection is a national initiative to advance the position of arts and culture as a recognized, valued, and expected part of our everyday lives. 

This is a one-day workshop Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon

Register for free at:

What you can expect:

Intro to Creating Connection (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

An overview of the background, messaging, tools, and application. This workshop is applicable for executive leadership, communication staff, and program leads. Please bring a recent communication piece (e.g., ads, brochures, social media posts, or annual letters) to practice applying the Creating Connection message frame.

Stakeholder Engagement Workshop (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)*

A hands-on training session for those who want to learn how to engage with diverse stakeholders (such as millennials, people of color, women, and parents with young children).*This session includes lunch.

Can’t attend this Friday? That’s okay, we are hosting a couple more in Oregon this summer. We’ll be sharing Creating Connection research, messaging, and stories. Save the dates and help spread the word:

  • Salem, OR, July 10th at Willamette University 
  • Astoria, OR, July 13th at Liberty Theater 

For more information about Creating Connection, contact: Candace Johnson, 503-517-3703 or email

LJ Booth & Chris Kokesh in Concert
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Songwriters LJ Booth and Chris Kokesh will be joining forces to perform at The Dalles Art Center on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 7pm. Tickets are available for $15.00 at TDAC. Doors will open at 6:30pm.

Both are stellar songwriters and veterans of the folk music scene. The two met in 2010, sharing songs around a campfire at Texas’s Kerrville Folk Festival.  Sensing that the sum of their collective talents had a powerful potential, they began touring together in 2011.  

They take great joy in fusing their distinctive poetic voices, the vibrant palette of guitars and fiddle, and the sparkle of their harmony singing, into a memorable evening of story and song. LJ has earned the respect of peers and critics alike with performances that can be both revelatory and joyfully raucous.

Mike Meyer, KRVM-FM, Eugene, said, “Seasoned performers are priceless in the era of short-term ‘discoveries’, and LJ Booth is among the most adept and accomplished songwriters and storytellers in the country. His comfortable presence, stellar songs, and stage banter makes for a concert experience that resonates.”

Chris toured nationally for 15 years with the all-women folk and bluegrass quartet Misty River.  In 2010 Kokesh decided to pursue her own songwriting career and quickly earned a reputation as an engaging solo performer, as well as a versatile fiddle player and harmony singer. Onstage Kokesh reveals the inner workings of her heart with grace and a wry sense of humor.

Recently, performance has taken more of a back seat, as they’ve had a change of focus—a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (for LJ), a move to Wisconsin (for Chris), and in 2014—a new family member (Sam). Life has been full! The big changes have left less time for performance, so the couple is especially excited for their first tour to the NW since 2015.

Don’t miss LJ & Chris, live and in concert, at The Dalles Art Center,  220 E 4th Street, The Dalles, Saturday, July 8, 2017 @7pm

Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm

Find time for fun with “A Timeless Summer” – a Cultural Ecology day camp for kids entering 1st through 6th grades. This five-day camp will take place July 10-14, 2017, at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

Put your explorer hat on and imagine what the Columbia River gorge was like in a time before roads, before electricity. Kids will enjoy hands-on activities that weave environmental science with history, art, music and play. They’ll strengthen skills in social studies, geography and biology while learning about nature and more.

Learn about Native American culture, storytelling, tribal music and arts from Jefferson Greene, a Warm Springs tribal member, educator and artisan. How did early pioneers survive in unfamiliar territory? Learn about pioneer gardening, journaling, and cooking. Experiment with ecological science through watershed testing, learn about animal habitats, water and salmon.

Get a behind-the-scenes experience with live raptors. Learn about the native plants, how to identify them and the microbiology of our region. Enjoy pre-1900 games and pastimes, including marbles, crafts and cultural stories. Learn about Native American sign language and the later day telegraphs and Morse code. Make a homestead model with clay. Take a mini-hike on the museum grounds to learn about stewardship of the environment.

The class will be led by Education Director Roxandra Pennington and USDA Forest Service Ranger Alyssa Thornburg. Cost for this five-day outdoor adventure camp is $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Snacks are provided. Space is limited and registration required by July 5. To register, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 or visit