News Archive

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 >

September 6, 2017

Don't Miss These Upcoming Confluence Events

Confluence Story Gathering Story-driven discussion that elevates indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system.  Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 November 4, 2017 2:00pm...   more >

August 27, 2017

Confluence News & Events – August 2017

Thank You Pink Martini! A heartfelt thank you to Confluence board member Thomas Lauderdale and Pink Martini for hosting an incredible benefit concert on Saturday, August 19th in Lake Oswego.  We...   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.