Cascadia Art Museum opens its doors in Edmonds, a home for "Pacific Northwest Art"

Cascadia Art Museum opens its doors in Edmonds, a home for "Pacific Northwest Art"

This past September, the first Cascadia Art Museum opened it's doors in Edmonds, Washington, and has been enjoying a great early success with several great, Pacific Northwest focused exhibitions. Cascadia opened its doors with a mission to celebrate art and artists within the Cascadia bioregion, from the sweeping mountains of the Continental Divide to the Pacific Oceans, and is currently the only museum in the Northwest to focus on the time period of the late 19th century, through the 1960's.

Cascadia Wholesale! A New Way To Partner with CascadiaNow

As of April 1st, CascadiaNow! offers wholesale prices for local businesses on bulk merchandise! For small businesses, the minimum quantities required by manufacturing companies can make ordering wholesale costly and ineffective. CascadiaNow! is offering local businesses the option to buy merchandise at smaller quantities directly from us at a wholesale rate!

With your small business retail resellers permit you can now partner with CascadiaNow! and buy flags, patches, stickers, and more to resell at your business. Additionally your business will be listed on our Partnership Directory on our website, and you will have the option to buy in to bulk orders of new merchandise before we purchase it. For more information check out!

"Cascadia" Buzzword of the Month in British Columbia

Cascadia_5 (1)In a recent article, the BC Business magazine has labeled 'Cascadia' as the buzzword of the month. Coming on the heels of multiple trademarking disputes, it notes that the idea has now moved from social, cultural, environmental and political movement into an increasingly mature role as cultural icon, with a powerful 'brand image' of its own - one that is increasingly having to fight to remain open, public and free:

‘The Pacific Northwest’ is so passé. There’s a fresh way to display regional affiliation - one that’s causing a brand war in B.C. and down the rest of the West Coast'

The article then goes on to state that "The oft-proposed, very conceptual unified nation of Oregon, Washington, B.C. and, occasionally, Montana and Idaho, is having a hell of a year—at least as an increasingly mined brand. Maybe it’s because of growing validation. Time magazine included the region in a piece called “Top 10 Aspiring Nations” in 2011 and commentators from biologists to tourism operators are calling it a “bioregion,” if not a sovereign state. It all started in the ’70s (of course), when an Oregon-based sociologist named David McCloskey coined the term and a sci-fi novel called Ecotopia set in the region hammered its attributes home. Twenty years later another Oregon local created the Doug flag—tri-colour with a black Douglas fir at its centre—and the concept had a visual identity... one that’s never been hotter than it is today. Especially if you’re on the wrong side of a trademark infringement."

The article then goes on to list the recent controversies that have embroiled the term Cascadia, from it's use in a Adidas commercial featuring the Timber Army, in which it declares that "Revolutions are born from simple ideas" to trademark disputes with Steamworks brewery and finally the MLS attempting to copyright the Cascadia Cup, in both instances prompting massive, grassroots resistance. In the case of the MLS dispute, resulting in supporter groups forming the Cascadia Council to help to dispute the MLS legally.

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