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The Vernonia Hands on Art Center was created in 1997 to help children affected by a catastrophic flood in Vernonia Oregon. It quickly became a registered 501(c)3 corporation and has since modified it’s mission to encompass promotion of the arts and cultural heritage of the greater Vernonia area. It is a tiny non-profit, and welcomes all donations of time, treasure and talent.


 To provide a high quality learning environment that celebrates the creative spirit by exposing the community to the arts and honoring the community’s heritage.


  • To provide a high quality learning environment for children and adults that celebrates the creative spirit within each of us
  • To create bridges between children, teens, adults, and elders in the community and share skills, resources, and wisdom
  • To expose the community to visual and performing arts by way of classes, workshops, exhibitions, and performances
  • To help students collaborate with the community in educational and social programs such as library reading, school programs, and civic involvement
  • To develop appreciation for and preservation of the historical heritage of our community


  • We value arts and culture as key factors in creating a healthy, thriving community.
  • We value art, drama and music as fundamental components of a good education.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Cici Bell says:

    HOA can promote its sponsored activities through the Columbia County Cultural Coalition web page under “Local Cultural Events”. I know the Junior Salmon Festival is coming up. Let me know if I can be any help as I am now on the CCCC board. Cici Bell


  2. Cici Bell says:

    Also the Fair and Plant sale.


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