Hidden Bronze Bird Tour!

The Downtown Camas Association is creating a Hidden Bronze Bird Tour in Downtown Camas! This will be a fun way to bring engaging art to our community. Please take a look at the full project and we’d appreciate your support! Visit our GoFundMe campaign or our bronze bird art webpage.

Street Emblems Bring Color to the Streets of Downtown Camas

Art students from Camas High School, members of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA), and the City of Camas worked together to paint downtown street murals that will add vibrancy and sense of place on either side of the location of the Camas Farmer’s Market which opens June 1st. Fun!

Project Background:

After seeing the transformation of a neighborhood city intersection in the Arnada neighborhood in Vancouver, Caroline Mercury, the Board President of the DCA, brought the idea of doing a street emblem (or mural) to Downtown Camas. The DCA Design Committee thought that doing street murals in the intersections on both sides of the Camas Farmer’s Market block would be a nice tribute to what this market brings to our town and create more of a sense of place.

After discussing the idea with the City, the DCA contacted Gina Mariotti Shapard, the chair of the Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) program, then in its first year, about the project. Inspired by having students contributing to a real life art project in the community, Gina had her 28 freshman students design art with the guidelines that it needed to be able to be reproduced on a street intersection scale and that the art should reflect the feel of the Camas Farmer’s Market. All of the entries of hand drawn art were submitted to the DCA Design Committee and Brianna Cloutier’s design was chosen. A graphic designer at the school working with the art students, Tamra Sheline, helped to convert the hand drawing into a graphic rendition that could be used to create the street stencil. The murals are 20’ x 20’.

Caroline contacted the citizens who had worked on the Arnada street murals to find out details about creating the stencils, the type of paint to use, etc. and worked with the stencil creator in Portland. Denis Ryan with the City of Camas coordinated the street prep and connected the DCA with the proper traffic paint by Sherwin Williams which offered the DCA a discount because of the nature of the community project.

“It’s exciting to be painting the street mural for the Camas Farmer’s Market in my home town where I’m growing up,” says Paton Bates, sophomore in the CHS Integrated Arts & Academics program. “We can leave a mark, especially artwork that the program (IAA) can take pride in.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able connect with the community in our school work.”

Thanks to everyone who came out–what a great community collaboration!

For all the pictures of the project, click here!

Camas Plant & Garden Fair 2016 was Spectacular!

Amazing plant & garden art vendors, live music, kids’ activities, dedicated volunteers, loyal merchants, fresh food and the nicest weather we could have asked for all added up to one heck of a Plant & Garden Fair in Downtown Camas. Thank you all who came as visitors, as vendors, as volunteers and of course our generous sponsors. The DCA is forever grateful–what a day! Click here for pictures!

plant fair crowd 2016

First Friday “Garden Gnome Gala!” Was a New Hit!


Mischievous little gnomes had fun all throughout Downtown Camas on May’s First Friday! Gnome activities and games, a ribbon cutting, kids’ activities, art shows, live music and Cinco de Mayo party, and so much more!

Click here for pictures of the event!

Journey Community Church and DCA Collaborations Win Excellence on Main Award!

Journey Church and the Downtown Camas Association were honored to be presented with an Excellence on Main “Community Partnership” Award at the 2016 Revitalize Washington State Main Street Conference on April 26th. Journey and the DCA have worked together in many ways since 2009 to bring stronger offerings and events to Downtown Camas. Ellen Scott (second from left) from Journey was able to make the trek with us to Chelan to be a part of the conference and awards ceremony. Click here for an article in the Columbian about our partnership.

We are so grateful to the Washington State Main Street Program for the recognition and to Journey for the heart for service in Downtown Camas!

Support the Downtown Camas Flower Baskets!

Help us fill our downtown with beautiful flower baskets! Each year, people generously donate $45 toward a basket (sometimes two!) and help the DCA to bring gorgeous color to Downtown Camas. Be a part! For more information and to donate, visit here!

Downtown Camas is All Spruced Up!

What a brilliant day of taking care of our downtown and making it beautiful on the Spring Clean-up and Planting Day last Sunday! Thank you to the 80+ volunteers that came out to weed, clean, plant flowers, and spread bark dust all through Downtown Camas. We had over 25 CHS students (and the principal!) who came early and weeded and cleaned windows! It is a wonderful thing when community comes together in such a positive way. Love this town!

Thank you also to Journey Chuch for serving lunch and bringing so many volunteers; the City of Camas for helping with weeding, barkdust and clean up; Metro Landscape for being a barkdust co-sponsor; and Linda and Tony with Columbia Gorge Nursery for growing such beautiful flowers for us. We couldn’t do it without ALL of you!

For pictures of the event, visit here!



Annual Spring Clean-up and Planting Day!

Rain or sun, we have fun! Come downtown on April 24th, 2016, from 1-4pm and make your town beautiful! Share an afternoon with other local community members who want to help make Downtown Camas shine!

Bring your gloves, spades, shovels, buckets, brooms, and a wheelbarrow if you have one, and let’s weed, plant, clean up trash, sweep, and spread bark dust (we provide rubber gloves and bags for trash pick up). Fun in your town!!

Journey church graciously serves us lunch. They’ll be doing a taco bar this year!

Meet at Journey (4th and Birch) at 1:00pm that day and we’ll get started! A great way for youth and adults to come together to help.

Spring Clean Up and Planting Day 2016 flyer

April First Friday Showed How Fun Our History Is!

Who doesn’t love to toss toilet paper? Or do origami? Or make s’mores? All fun things in addition to history guessing games, history displays, getting a Hershey’s kiss (created the same year as we became a city :)), art shows, and much more! Love this town. Click here for pictures of the event!

New Downtown Camas Videos

We are so very pleased to share our new Downtown Camas videos with you! These show the feel, businesses, art and amenities of downtown and we hope you enjoy them and share them. Thank you!

Downtown Camas Videos:
“Welcome to Downtown Camas”
“Fridays in Downtown Camas”
“Saturdays in Downtown Camas”
“Sundays in Downtown Camas”
“Why Come to Camas”
“Chef Tim’s Story”
“Elida’s Story”

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