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NPS invites submissions of concepts tor re-use of two buildings at Vancouver Barracks

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Building 989. Photo courtesy of the NPS.

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NPS) has opened two Requests for Expression of Interest (RFEIs) and is inviting submissions of concepts that would renovate and re-use two historic buildings in the national park’s Vancouver Barracks complex. These concepts will be used to guide the Requests for Proposals for the buildings’ re-use. The buildings are Building 748 (a former Motor Repair Shop built in 1919) and Building 989 (a former Infantry Barracks built in 1905).

“These are unique and beautiful historic buildings located in a national park adjacent to downtown Vancouver and I-5,” says Kristen Jontos, Business Manager for Vancouver Barracks. “This RFEI is the first time we’ll be making them publicly available for re-use ideas and we hope interested investors and tenants will take advantage of this opportunity.”

The NPS seeks re-use concepts from individuals, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and non-profit or for-profit organizations. Interested parties may attend each or both buildings during scheduled site visits. For more information on the RFEI’s and the site visits, click here.

Plant a Seed Dinner and Auction benefits FVRLD Foundation May 1

Thursday, April 16th, 2015


Students at the International Air and Hospitality Academy will host a special “Plant a Seed Dinner and Auction” on Friday, May 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the renovated Artillery Barracks Event Hall at Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve, 600 Hatheway Rd., Vancouver. The event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.

Guests will enjoy a dinner prepared by the Northwest Culinary Institute and both a silent and a live auction. Auction highlights include two tickets and a hotel stay for the sold out 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament in June at Chambers Bay Golf Course. There will also be a raffle for a 22” x 32” framed and signed acrylic painting by Vancouver artist Tom Relth. Raffle tickets are $10, and the drawing will take place the evening of the event. The winner need not be present to win.

Tickets are $50 ($25 of which is tax-deductible), and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit library programs and services for young children. For tickets and more information, visit Information is also available  at

Amboy art teacher invited to national art conference

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Davisson-Tamra_AmboyAmboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state–and one of only 40 from across the country–who has been invited to attend the Power of Art Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which takes place this week, focuses on students with learning disabilities and how to teach all subjects with projects or hands-on work through the arts. Davisson’s methods have proven successful as her disabled students have completed their assignments following the same criteria as the other students. Davisson, who has taught at Amboy for five years, also earned National Board Certification this year. Her lodging and meals at the conference will be provided by the Rauschenburg Foundation.

Confluence creates art conservation endowment

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The Bird Blind at the Sandy River Delta is one of the Confluence Sites.

Confluence has partnered with the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to create the Jordan Schnitzer and Thomas Lauderdale Confluence Art Endowment. With OCF’s stewardship and long term investment program, this fund will be maintained in perpetuity to provide a stable stream of support for maintenance at all six Confluence project sites along the Columbia River system.

The endowment is established through a generous gift from Arlene Schnitzer on behalf of her son, Jordan Schnitzer and Thomas Lauderdale, the band leader for Pink Martini. Both are supporters of Confluence’s extraordinary series of art installations by celebrated artist Maya Lin that stretch from the mouth of the Columbia River to the gateway to Hell’s Canyon. The $250,000 initial investment in the endowment represents one-quarter of Arlene Schnitzer’s $1 million gift to Confluence. The rest will go to the capital project planned for Celilo Park near The Dalles.

With this partnership, Confluence is able to offer donors the opportunity to make a permanent gift to ensure future funding for the work. Through OCF, Confluence is able to accept gifts such as securities, personal property, and real property upon approval of OCF’s gift acceptance committee. Donors also have the option of making a planned gift, often called a deferred gift, to ultimately benefit the endowment fund. OCF staff works with Confluence staff and donors to create bequests, charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities.