News Archive

July 6, 2017

Confluence Upcoming Events

Confuence in the Community is a series of public events that fuse art, culture and heritage to engage the communities around our project sites. All are welcome! Native Plant Walk with...   more >

June 28, 2017

Confluence Newsletter – June 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...   more >

June 13, 2017

Enjoy Pink Martini and Support Confluence

This very special community-based, volunteer-driven fundraiser will benefit Confluence, the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, Derek Rieth Foundation, Waste Not & Lakewood Center for the Arts Rising Stars...   more >

May 8, 2017

Confluence Severs Ties with Wells Fargo

Confluence will sever its financial relationship with Wells Fargo in response to the financial service provider’s continued economic interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Confluence Board of Directors has...   more >

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Education Fund Honors Lillian Pitt and Her Legacy

April 19, 2017

Artist Lillian Pitt doesn't like to be called the "founder" of Confluence in the Classroom. Instead, she prefers the term "auntie." The education program she helped create is a simple idea: connect K-12 students with native artists and educators to do meaingful projects about the Columbia River system.

Confluence in the Classroom is primarily funded by foundation grants. Now Confluence has created the Lillian Pitt Education Fund to support this important work into the future. Proceeds will strengthen this arts education programming that introduced kids to the cultures, history and ecology of the Columbia River system. This fund is a way to honor Lillian and her legacy. 

Click here to donate now online.

These hands-on creations can be traditional crafts like tule mats, modern-style murals, multi-media exlorations or anything else the students, teachers and indiginous educators can use to express their connection to the river. We take the students on a field trip to a culturally significant place and ask them to present what they've learned publically. 

Confluence is a 501(c)(3) tax excempt nonprofit. Your tax deductible support for the Lillian Pitt Education Fund helps achieve the mission to connect people to place through art and education. Thank you!

Here's how you can help:

Contribute Online

Just click here to make a donation right now online.

 

Mail a check to: Confluence, 1109 East 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

 

About Lillian Pitt

Lillian Pitt is a Pacific Northwest Native American artist whose ancestors lived in and near the Columbia River Gorge for over 10,000 years.

"Regardless of the medium, my work directly relates to and honors my ancestors, my people, the environment and the animals. This maintains my link with tradition and acknowledges the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world."

Called simply the Big River or the Nch'i-Wana by her ancestors, the Columbia River was the backbone of one of the largest trade networks in all of Native America.