What is Confluence?
Confluence is a donor-supported nonprofit that connects people to place through art and education. We work in collaboration with Northwest communities, tribes and celebrated artist Maya Lin to create reflective moments that can shape the future of the Columbia River system. We share stories of this river through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement and a rich digital experience.
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, four of the six sites are complete:
- Cape Disappointment (Ilwaco, Wash.)
- Fort Vancouver (Vancouver, Wash.)
- Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, Ore.)
- Sacajawea State Park (Pasco, Wash.)
Two more are in the works:
- Chief Timothy Park (Clarkston, Wash.)
- Celilo Park (near The Dalles, Ore.)
These are "teachable places," 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.