Current Initiatives at Methow Arts

PUBLIC ART

Public art showcases local artists' work in central and sometimes unexpected places, encouraging participation and attracting visitors to our towns.

Methow Arts works in collaboration with the Town of Twisp, Methow Valley Sports Trail Association, TwispWorks, the Bureau of Reclamation, Methow Salmon Restoration Foundation, Public Schools, the Nordic Club, and Methow Recycling Roundup to bring ART outside and revitalize community spaces. Where to look: Kiosks on the trails, TwispWorks, Twisp Ponds on Twisp River Road, the Methow Valley Elementary School and more.

LITERARY EXPLOSION!

LITTLE LIBRARIES will sprinkle the valley this year and encourage residents to READ. Methow Arts will place five little libraries in each of the Methow Valley towns, contracting local builders and artists for the project. The Little Free Library Movement is an international phenomenon, placing books in accessible places and asking readers to take one and leave one behind.

Young Writers Conference - in the Methow Valley School

Mazama Festival of Books is slated for Sept 7-9th featuring Pacific Northwest Authors in an outdoor festival in Mazama. Last year brought Ryan Boudinot, Lydia Yuknavitch, Erik Brooks, Jim Lynch, Colleen Mondor, Danbert Nobacon, Kathleen Flenniken, Blake Nelson and host Katherine Lanpher.

LEADERSHIP
Methow Arts advocates for the ARTS in North Central Washington through committed participation in Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Alliance, Arts Washington (Washington State Arts Commission), Community Development Forums, the Economic Alliance of Okanogan County, Arts & Heritage Day in Olympia and in Okanogan Public Schools. An Icicle Fund Capacity Building Grant has helped Methow Arts in building a greater arts infrastructure throughout the County with artists, arts organizations and school districts.

ARTS EDUCATION

Because every child has the right to a well-rounded education, which includes the arts. Now in seven school districts, Methow Arts plans to expand into Tonasket and Oroville in 2013. Serving over 5,500 students.

Methow Arts Alliance welcomes Bridgeport School District to the Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership—a consortium that serves over 5,500 students and 375 teachers in North Central Washington. The consortium now includes seven school districts: Brewster, Methow Valley, Okanogan, Omak, Pateros, and the Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation, in addition to Bridgeport.

(Above right Photo of Blue Heron by Teri Pieper. Artwork by Cordelia Bradburn; Bottom left photo of Brewster Elementary Students, mask residency with Bruce Morrison.)

arts partners: Methow Arts Alliance