News Archive

January 19, 2018

Confluence on the Columbia

Lower Columbia Road Trip - July 13-15, 2018 Hit the road with Confluence to dig deeper into the storied landscape of the Columbia River system. This three day trip through the lower...   more >

January 9, 2018

2017 Annual Appeal a Grand Success!

Thanks to all the Confluence Friends and Legacy Makers who responded to our 2017 Annual Appeal with a resounding message of support! The important work...   more >

November 8, 2017

Confluence is Yours!

Become a Friend or Legacy Maker of Confluence today. What an amazing year it's been for this important work of connecting people to place through art and education. Just look at...   more >

November 3, 2017

Fall News from Confluence

Making a Difference at the Sandy River Delta It was a blazingly sunny morning at the Sandy River Delta, near Troutdale, Oregon,  for "Make a Difference Day." Thank you to all...   more >


Confluence Newsletter – June 2017

June 28, 2017

Connecting Students to Place Through Art and Education

Four bold paintings by Yakama high school and middle school students will be displayed at the Yakama Cultural Center in Toppenish, Washington this summer. It's just one of many amazing projects created this year through Confluence in the Classroom. The students collaborated with Yakama artist Toma Villa during a recent Gathering of Native Americans (GONA). Confluence in the Classroom connects students with Native artists and educators to create meaningful artworks about the Columbia River system. The four banners included images of traditional Native root gathering and a snake encircling a drop of water. Another painting was simply the words, "Water Is Life.” Thanks to the Washington State Arts Commission for supporting this project.

As the school year ends, a new report shows that Confluence in the Classroom collaborates with districts to satisfy key requirements for teaching native education in schools. The state of Washington requires Native history to be included in classroom curriculum. Oregon lawmakers are considering similar legislation. Education evaluator Susy Watts wrote that the concepts and lessons taught by native educators through Confluence aligns with specific requirements outlined in Since Time Immemorial, a curriculum developed by Washington tribes, and the equivalent in Oregon, Indians in Oregon Today.

Read the full report here.


Confluence Presents at Gathering of Native Leaders

The Confluence project proposed for Celilo Park near The Dalles, Oregon was the subject of a presentation at the recent convention of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians in Portland. The meeting included indigenous leaders from throughout the region. Confluence Board Chair Antone Minthorn and Executive Director Colin Fogarty gave those assembled an update on progress toward the project’s completion and sought input on its development. Gathering feedback has been an essential part of each Confluence site. With input from tribal members, artist Maya Lin designed the Celilo Park project to honor the cultures of the Columbia River system and educate people about the legacy of Celilo Falls. Learn more about the project here.


Shaken Not Stirred: A Special Evening with Pink Martini

Confluence is very pleased to join several other nonprofits for a benefit concert on August 19th with Pink Martini at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego.

For more information, please click here.