Arts Education Spotlights

Twelfth Night with the Liberty Bell Drama Company

Wed-Sat, May 18-21, 7pm, Sun, May 22, 2pm, 2022

In May 2022, the Liberty Bell Drama Company (LBDC), in partnership with Methow Arts and the Merc Playhouse, will deliver an ambitious production of “Twelfth Night”: a rousing contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. “Twelfth Night” tells the story of Viola, a young heroine who washes up on… [Read More]

A seat at the table for ART

Winter 2022

When she was in elementary school, Lily Colin remembers entering the Methow Valley Elementary School (MVES) art room and racing to secure her favorite stool, which was painted with a vibrant flower in the style of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. A gift from the departing 6th graders in 2015, the painted stools were intended… [Read More]

Justice & the American Dream: student voices 2022

2021.2022 school year

In a collaboration among Methow Arts, the Public School Funding Alliance, and the Methow Valley School District,  9th graders at Liberty Bell High School explored the meaning of justice and how it could be enhanced in their lives, school, community, and country. Activist Darcy Ottey helped freshman English teacher Dani Golden launch the unit, in… [Read More]

The fabric of heritage: quilting & poetry support heritage studies

Spring 2021

Using poetry and quilting as avenues for exploration, fourth grade students at East Omak Elementary School journeyed into ancestry and heritage. Spearheaded by fourth grade teacher Kara Thornton, the project includes fiber arts, poetry writing, a walking field trip, and Indigenous studies. Mrs. Thornton learned to quilt from her grandmother when she was in third… [Read More]

Artists in residence return to schools

Spring/Summer 2021

In a school year with so much change and uncertainty, art provided students with a sense of stability and a creative outlet for self-expression. Methow Arts education programs, which serve about 5000 students and 350 teachers in Brewster, the Methow Valley, Okanogan, Omak, Pateros, and at the Paschal Sherman Indian School, gave elementary students across… [Read More]

Arts education programs spotlight BIPOC artists

Spring 2021

Historically underrepresented in arts education curricula, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists took center stage in Methow Arts’ art lessons during the winter and spring of 2021. Studying art from the past is an effective and time-honored tradition. Art from different eras in history helps us learn about the cultures it comes from.… [Read More]

Student artwork featured at Three Rivers Hospital

Spring/Summer 2021

Four new exhibits of student artwork are displayed at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Sponsored by the hospital in partnership with Methow Arts, the exhibits feature work by Brewster Elementary and Methow Valley Elementary students and include block prints, chalk pastel landscapes, mixed-media self-portraits, and watercolor salmon paintings. Methow Valley sixth graders completed an interdisciplinary… [Read More]

Faces: self-portraits inspired by Kehinde Wiley

Spring 2021

Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977) is one of the foremost portraitists of the 21st century, redefining a genre rooted in privilege. Historically, only those with means could afford to have their portrait painted, leaving museum visitors staring into the faces of primarily the upper-crust of European society. Wiley, too, was educated in this tradition. “I was… [Read More]

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