Methow Arts recognizes the arts to be an essential part of a thriving community, and engages a diverse population in innovative programs that integrate the arts into the consciousness and experience of people of all ages.
To enrich the lives of the people living in rural Okanogan County by making the arts an integral and dynamic aspect of community and economic vitality, public education and civic life.
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.
Who We Serve
Methow Arts Alliance serves its communities in four primary areas:
- Education: Facilitating partnership with Okanogan region schools and other partners to bring quality and enthralling arts programs to students.
- Promotion: Comprehensive marketing of the arts, artists and arts organizations in the Methow Valley. Methow Arts manages the MethowValleyArts.org website, monthly E-NEWS, quarterly printed Methow Valley Arts magazine (distribution of 18,000)
- Presenting: Presenting and producing diverse and compelling performances, events and public art.
- Leadership: Vigorous advocacy and networking for the arts locally, regionally, and nationally.
Amanda’s work emphasizes cross-discipline collaboration and the utilization of arts as a driver in economic development. Amanda is the second Vice Chair for Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), and serves on the boards of the Washington State Arts Alliance and Okanogan Economic Alliance. She is the Artist Trust Ambassador for North Central Washington and a presenter on their Speaker’s Bureau. Previously she was Director of 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 baby daughter Micah. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (office) 509.997.4004, (cell) 509.341.4413
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.
Virginia is our newest staff at the Methow Arts office and we feel lucky to have her! Virginia recently moved to the Methow Valley from Alaska with her husband and son. With a background in literature and an enthusiast of the outdoors, she works with staff and partners to keep our organization organized and current.