News Archive

September 14, 2015

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Supports Celilo Park Art Installation

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Momentum continues to build toward completing Confluence's sixth and final art installation along the Columbia River system in collaboration with celebrated artist Maya Lin. The M.J. Murdock...   more >

September 12, 2015

Legacy of Horace Axtell

Rather than an update about Confluence, this month's newsletter is devoted entirely to the legacy of a critically important elder in the development of Confluence and a truly inspirational man....   more >

September 8, 2015

Give More 24! on September 24th

Confluence is a proud partner of Give More 24!, our region’s awesome 24-hour online giving challenge. This exciting event is organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and is...   more >

September 2, 2015

Public Invited to Sandy River Delta Restoration Celebration

Sandy River Delta stakeholders want to have coffee and conversation with you! The public is invited to the Sandy River Delta on Sunday September 20th, 2015 from 9:00 AM -...   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.