Established in 1983, Methow Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Twisp, WA. Methow Arts operates through an array of programs in Arts Education, Promotion of the Arts, Leadership, Public Art and a year-round performance series for schools and its community. Their mission is to enrich the lives of people in Okanogan County by making the arts an integral and dynamic part of public school education, economic vitality and community.
Your support makes our organization thrive! We couldn’t do it without you.
Your donation provides NCW artists with critical resources during the Pandemic, it funds valuable art instruction for over 5,000 students in North Central Washington at no cost. Your gift provides advocacy, training, promotion of the arts and cultural tourism and free assistance to artists and organizations. Methow Arts, making the arts an integral and dynamic part of education, economic vitality and community. Thank you for fueling our community and amplifying the ARTs.
The need for creative self-expression through ART is vital during these times of change, stress and uncertainty.
However COVID-19 has eliminated most of the revenue that funds our work. Please support the communities we love by supporting Methow Arts.
Recurring monthly donations in any amount $10 or greater, are especially helpful in keeping our programs alive. Thank you.
SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC METHOW ARTS has:
- ISSUED OVER $100,000 IN GRANTS TO OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY
- DELIVERED 3,000 ART SUPPLY KITS FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN AT HOME
- CREATED, FILMED AND DELIVERED WEEKLY ARTS EDUCATION VIDEOS (OVER 150!) FOR REMOTE LEARNING DURING COVID-19
(PAYING OUR LOCAL TEACHING ARTISTS, BOOSTING ECONOMIC VITALITY AND REACHING KIDS REMOTELY)
- PROVIDED FREE SERVICES TO ARTISTS + ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING GRANTWRITING, FISCAL SPONSORSHIP,
RESOURCES FREE WORKSHOPS, E-COMMERCE TRAINING
Methow Arts Alliance enriches the lives of people in Okanogan County by making the arts an integral and dynamic part of public school education, economic vitality and community.
Methow Arts envisions a future where artists and art organizations collaborate and thrive and where The Arts are a part of the consciousness and experience of people of all ages.
- Thoughtful, innovative strategies
- Creativity in our planning and implementation
- Openness to new ideas and possibilities
- Collaboration with local and regional business, individuals and institutions
- Excellence in our partnerships, programs and delivery of services
METHOW ARTS STAFF AND BOARD STATEMENT ON RACIAL EQUITY
The Methow Arts Alliance Staff and Board of Directors, like many of our colleagues who share a commitment to advancing racial equity, are deeply affected by the events of the last few weeks and their impact across the nation. We join with individuals, organizations, and leaders nationwide in solidarity, condemning the circumstances that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Equally, we stand in solidarity to condemn the tragic deaths of many other Black women and men across our country.
As an organization, Methow Arts Alliance recognizes that racial injustice continues to deeply affect the lives of many individuals and communities served through our work. Already, we have seen the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color –– these new incidents of racial injustice only amplify this crisis.
For our colleagues, our students, and community members suffering pain from these tragedies, we stand with you. We are listening and taking action. We are committed to ensuring that you feel safe and able to express your thoughts, feelings, and concerns.
We know that the Arts play a critical role in bringing people and communities together. As inequities persist, so does cultural, linguistic, and creative resilience. Methow Arts is deeply grateful for the diversity of courageous artists across North Central Washington, Washington State, and the United States who are continuing their work through this time. The Arts – through music, theater, spoken word, poetry, dance, visual arts, or film – is unique in its capacity to engage, uplift, encourage, and heal. READ FULL STATEMENT HERE
METHOW ARTS IS OPEN Methow Arts is open and our employees are working remotely to assist our ARTists, ARTs & Cultural organizations, students & parents, with free resources, application assistance and advice. firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-997-4004
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 . 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