Education

Methow Arts enriches the lives of students, teachers and other community members in Okanogan County through quality arts education programs and by sharing student work through public art and presentations.

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A big thank you to our ARTS EDUCATION SPONSORS for making the magic happen.


SCHOOL PERFORMANCES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Methow Arts also offers a robust presenting season in the schools, bringing four professional touring groups to perform in school-wide assemblies. During the 2019-2020 school year, we have scheduled these four groups to perform in partner schools in Okanogan County:

FAREWELL ANGELINA

Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board. Roughstock calls them a “Superstar Act… with Killer Songs.”


UTAH BALLROOM DANCE COMPANY

Ballroom dance is taking our nation by storm and re-igniting a passion for this electrifying style of dance. Thrilling audiences worldwide through this unique form of dance is the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. This company features some of nation’s top ballroom dance athletes; they have performed nationally and internationally, receiving numerous accolades and awards such as the coveted U.S. National Formation Championships.


HIPLET

Hiplet™ fuses classical pointe technique with African, Latin, Hip-Hop and urban dance styles that are rooted in communities of color. It was specifically designed to make ballet accessible to all, by mixing it with current popular songs that will be familiar to audiences who don’t normally attend ballet performances. Performances may incorporate the rhythms of African drums with Tchaikovsky, arabesques and beat-boxing or even Tango en pointe – all while showcasing Hiplet’s trademark sass, hip movements, and struts against popular music audiences will recognize from Black Violin to Beyonce.


SON LUNA Y JOVENES ZAPATEADORES 

“¡Vívelo!” merges different rhythms and dance styles such as folkloric dance, contemporary, Spanish dance, and African-inspired movements. Mexican musical ensemble Son Luna provides the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico, and dance troupe Jóvenes Zapateadores showcase the evolution of Son Jarocho roots with different rhythms and dance styles. Masterfully displaying dance genres from the region and beyond, this large scale production provides a thrilling show for audiences seeking a highly energetic folkloric piece. Jóvenes Zapateadores has received national recognition and awards such as EPRODANZA 2014, SNCA 2016 (National System Creators of Art), and has toured across Europe, South and North America.


ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Through our Artist-in-Residence program, professional artists are paired with classroom teachers to deliver residencies in mediums such as watercolor, oil pastels, 3D sculpture, block prints, acrylic painting, creative writing, poetry, and theater arts. We work with a curated roster of about 20 teaching artists in the Okanogan Region.

CLICK HERE FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING ARTIST ROSTER

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Annual 5th grade block print residency works by Tommie Ochoa, Logan Hall, Kristy Vieth, and Jonathan Ing-moody (’13)


Read the stories of our work in schools HERE


HISTORY

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Arts education in ACTION!

Methow Arts facilitates a regional consortium of public schools, businesses and community entities that bring ideas and resources to arts education. Since 1987, Methow Arts has partnered with the Methow School District to provide learning in the arts for students. In 1996, Methow Arts entered a formal partnership with the Methow Schools, and in 1998 established the same with the Omak School District. In 2002, the Okanogan and Pateros schools joined the partnership, and in 2005, the Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation joined. In 2006, the Brewster School District became a partner and in 2012 Bridgeport joined to become the newest partner. Through this partnership, Methow Arts maintains the arts as essential and central, providing opportunities for students to gain essential skills in the arts through residencies with artists. Lessons both deepen and expand other learning areas through the arts, and provide art specific learning.


ANNUAL ACTIVITIES

    • Artist residencies in classrooms K-12 in greater Okanogan County, thirteen schools and six school districts
    • Professional performances in the schools
    • Professional development for elementary teachers and teaching artists
    • Student performances, exhibitions, publications & public art  installations
    • Recognition for artistic excellence awarded to seniors
    • Build partnerships and expand support and impact of program
    • Final evaluation and renewal of partnership with School Districts
    • Final reports to funders
  • Program assessment and evaluation

CONTACT

SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHERS – contact us to request a residency in their classroom

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING ARTISTS –  contact us if they are interested in learning more about ways to teach in public schools

FUNDERS – We couldn’t do it without your support! Please help us to sustain and enhance ART EDUCATION programs in our schools. Your penny goes a long way.

EMAIL: info@methowartsalliance.org, 509-997-4004


EVALUATIONS

Evaluation forms for teachers:

Evaluation forms for students:

Evaluation forms for artists: