Amanda Jackson Mott

Executive Director

Amanda’s work emphasizes cross-discipline collaboration and the utilization of arts as a driver in economic development. Amanda serves on the boards of the Icicle Fund where she chairs the Proposal Review Committee, Okanogan County Economic Alliance. She is the Artist Trust Ambassador for North Central Washington and serves on the Town of Twisp’s Economic Revitilization Committee. Previously she worked for The Center for Health and Aging at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration and Non Profit Management from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative and German Literature from The Colorado College. She lives in Twisp with her husband Kraig and daughter Micah.

Email:, Phone: (office) 509.997.4004, (cell) 509.341.4413

Ashley Lodato

Arts Education Director

Ashley is responsible for management of the Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership for seven school districts: Pateros, Brewster, Omak, Bridgeport, Okanogan, Methow and Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation. Ashley holds a Master’s degree in English Studies from Western Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Italian Literature from Stanford University. She writes the weekly Winthrop Valley Life column for the Methow Valley News and is involved in various community projects including representation on non-profit boards and occasionally directing Readers Theatre productions for the Merc Playhouse. She resides in Winthrop, WA with her husband Jon and two daughters.



Anne Venable


Anne starts in fall 2019 through an Icicle Fund Pilot Project – Youth Arts Initiative (YAI.) The YAI Project will provide consistent arts instruction for grades K-3 in the Methow Valley Elementary school. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota with a degree in education, Anne taught in elementary schools for several years both in Minnesota and Washington State. Following her family’s move to the Methow Valley, Anne has been working for Methow Arts as a teaching artist, facilitating art residencies in school districts throughout Okanogan County. As a certificated teacher, Anne looks forward to working alongside classroom teachers at Methow Valley Elementary School to create engaging, high interest art lessons that align with the fundamental elements of art and the inquiry-based units of study being taught in the classroom. When she’s not in the classroom, Anne enjoys spending time with her husband and two children hiking, skiing, and traveling.


Bethany Wray