Contact Us

Phone 360-693-0123
Fax 360-693-7770

Mailing Address:
1109 East 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98661


What is Confluence?

Confluence is a community supported nonprofit with the mission to connect people to the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices.

We work in collaboration with Northwest tribes communities and celebrated artist Maya Lin through six public art installations, educational programs, community gatherings.

Our six projects span 438 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to the gateway to Hell's Canyon, with sites in both Oregon and Washington.

Currently, five of the six sites are complete:

  • Cape Disappointment (Ilwaco, Wash.)
  • Fort Vancouver (Vancouver, Wash.)
  • Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, Ore.)
  • Sacajawea State Park (Pasco, Wash.)
  • Chief Timothy Park (Clarkston, Wash.)

One more remains:

  • Celilo Park (near The Dalles, Ore.)

These places are transformed and reimagined to explore the confluence of history, culture and ecology in our region. Each work references a passage from the Lewis and Clark journals as a snapshot in time, while comparing it with the deeper story.

Confluence Connects is our education initiative

  • Confluence in the Classroom connects a Native artist or tradition keeper with a K-12 classroom to do a meaninful project about the Columbia River system.
  • Confluence in the Community connects civic organizations, environmental groups and education partners to keep Confluence sites as thriving hubs of activity.
  • Confluence Online is under construction. It connects visitors and students to first person narratives that provide culture and historical context to Confluence sites and the Columbia River system.