Through arts education, performance, communication and leadership, we work to ensure that the Arts are ACCESSIBLE and central to the daily lives of residents in rural communities in Washington State. Methow Arts is a 36 year-old, nationally-recognized organization focused on place-based action and collaboration through the arts.
Methow Arts Alliance is a non profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Donations are tax deductible by law.
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An underlying theme in our programming lies in the belief that rural isolation, poverty, and social exclusion should not prevent people from having access to high-caliber art experiences. We believe in a just, equitable, and inclusive society and we feel that artists + organizations are the key to advancing these ideals.
Methow Arts is organized in FIVE AREAS OF PROGRAMMING:
• Professional artist residencies in seven school districts targeting grades K-6 during the school day (5,000 students + 375 teachers)
• Poetry Out Loud, Annual Urban Culture Trips to Seattle, Student Exhibits across the County
• Professional performances in schools from around the globe targeting social equity, cultural understanding
• Partnership building with schools, students, parents, businesses and leaders
• Performance Season (8-12 performances, presentations, speaker-series)
• Methow Arts Festival (1800 attendees)
• School Performances
• Professional Development Opportunities for teachers with credit hours with available
• Adult workshops for community in conjunction with touring performers
3. PUBLIC ART
• Development of permanent and temporary public artwork on the trails, in the schools, the parks and other public spaces.
• ARTscapes – activating vacant storefronts through art across Okanogan County.
• Beyond the Frame: To Be Native – Beyond the Frame is a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture.
• Stafford Poems – Methow River Poems project – expansion planned for 2019-2020. INFO ABOUT POEMS HERE
• Artist in Residence Programs at Public Art sites: Arts Education for public schools/field trips and Adult Workshop classes at sites
• Wayfinding opportunities at public art sites (signage, QR codes, Artist recognition.)
• Art Map on google identifying art studios, organizations and galleries across Okanogan County/NCW. Find the Methow Valley ART Map HERE.
4. PROMOTION + RESOURCES FOR ART
• Quarterly facilitation, fundraising, design of print publication ART magazine (20 pages, 20,000 distribution, 4,000 subscribers.)
• ARTIST FEATURES in quarterly ART Magazine.
• ART WEBSITE: Organizational article features, event calendar, blog format and advertising of collaborative website + social media presence.
• FREE ARTIST WEB PAGES to local and professional artists as a way to drive traffic to Methow Arts’ hub and Promotional Efforts/Strategies
• E-campaigns (4,500) and social media (5,542.)
5. LEADERSHIP + ADVOCACY
• Research and Communicate economic/positive impact of arts
• Ongoing conversations and advocacy with legislators + participation in Arts & Heritage Day in Olympia
• Collaboration in regional partnerships outside of the Methow Valley
• Creative District Legislation, info-sharing and certification
• Arts leadership with students in school districts as arts ambassadors
• Participation in developing the Methow Valley as an art travel destination
• Okanogan-wide presentations about the impact of the arts
• Participate on statewide boards and committees