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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SCHOOL PERFORMANCES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Methow Arts also offers a robust presenting season in the schools, bringing three professional touring groups to perform in school-wide assemblies. We’re still firming up our 2018-2019 presenting season in the schools, but so far we have these two groups coming to schools in the Okanogan County:
Cirque Zuma Zuma, often referred to as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, combines the mysticism of Africa with the excitement of a theatrical cirque performance. In 2011, Zuma Zuma was a finalist in America’s Got Talent.
The show is filled with non-stop action and African culture, including dance, acrobatics, tumbling and music. Featuring artists trained in Kenya and Tanzania, the performance will showcase some of the most exquisite skills associated with African variety arts and culture. These include: a South African female vocalist, club juggling, limbo dance, South African gumboot dancers, pole acts, Zuma Zuma Acrobats, a chairs handstand balance from Tanzania, comedy, Gabonese tumblers, contortionists from Ethiopia, the Africa Lion dance, Ethiopian foot table juggling and percussionists from Zimbabwe.
FLY is wowing concert audiences all over U.S., receiving one standing ovation after another. Why? Because FLY is pure fun — youthful energy, risk-taking movement, and clever choreography set to a mix of surprising musical selections.
FLY is what happens when street dance and classical music meet, but that’s not all. Based in Houston, Texas, FLY Dance Company offers a full range of performances as well as community outreach through edutainment (educational shows), dance workshops, lecture/demos (topics include cyberbullying, healthy eating etc.) and residencies.
FLY’s performance style is called “theatrical hip hop” — “theatrical” because acting is an essential element of the style. FLY has been spreading their infectious “theatrical hip hop” around the world since 1992. Notable performances include Washington’s Kennedy Center, Miller Outdoor Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Vail International Dance Festival, Lincoln Center and Bob Hope Theater.
The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters. Born and raised in the south lands of Chesapeake, Virginia, the siblings grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music. Josh (guitar, lead vocals), Jenni (violin, lead vocals), Jonathan (keys, vocals), Jordan (drums, vocals), Justin (bass, vocals), Jamison (mandolin, vocals) and Jessi (viola, banjo, vocals) pour their blood, sweat and tears into every song and strive to write music that moves hearts with beauty, power and joy.
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.
Read the stories of our work in schools HERE
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.
- 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
- Young Writers’ Conference at Methow Valley Elementary School
- Recognition for artistic excellence awarded to seniors
- Urban Culture Trips to Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Opera, Seattle Art Museum, Spokane and more
- 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
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.
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