Methow Arts + Town of Twisp team up to lead Twisp Creative District

Spring 2021

(Original letterpress by artist Robin Dogget of True North Letterpress in Twisp, WA.)

TWISP CREATIVE DISTRICT

Twisp is a small rural town located in the Methow Valley and foothills of the North Cascade Mountains, 197 miles east of Seattle. A regional hub for culture, recreation and history, Twisp draws a variety of visitors and artists to its unique community. Artistic offerings are plentiful and rapidly increasing and come in the form of theatre, performance, music, festivals, exhibits, circus arts, artist studios, art walks, arts education offerings in schools, pop-up projects, makers spaces, print studios, a dye garden for fabric arts, ancestral skills classes, a Native American Pit house and interpretive center, art demonstrations, a jewelry collective studio, a glass blowing studio, pottery and many classes.

Twisp’s Creative District will help to expand and strengthen the town’s creative industries and artists, grow its economic vitality and honor the cultural diversity and heritage of the region.


(Twisp Creative District Community Connection Panels by artist Hannah Viano.)

Twisp Community Connection Panels

The first project of the Twisp Creative District installs a series of art panels designed by local artist Hannah Viano on buildings in downtown Twisp. The project is made possible through a recent grant from the Washington State Arts Commission, matching funds from Methow Arts and in-kind support from the Town of Twisp.

For the project Methow Arts, the Creative District administrator, hired local artist Hannah Viano to design artwork that would help in connecting different unique aspects of Twisp, WA. The artwork will encourage one to walk around Twisp and explore.

The project will be installed by June 30th. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


In June, 2020 The Twisp Creative District was the fifth District in the state to become a certified Creative District by Washington Arts Commission. There are now eight Creative Districts in the State: Edmonds, Chewelah, Olympia, Langley, Twisp, Port Townsend, Tenino and Issaquah.

The Twisp Creative District is a partnership between the Town of Twisp and Methow Arts Alliance, with Methow Arts serving as District Administrator.

June, 2021: Twisp receives Creative District Certification from ArtsWA READ HERE.


CLICK HERE for Twisp Creative District Strategic Program Goals Plan.


Following certfication in June, Twisp became eligible for a Capital Grant from Washington State Arts Commission. In October, 2020 the Twisp Creative District received a Creative District Capital Project Pilot Program Grant (CDCPP) Award for $26,416.66 with In-Kind and Cash Match support of $19,812.50 for a project total of $46,229.16.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WA STATE CERTIFIED CREATIVE DISTRICTS CLICK HERE
The Certified Creative Districts program works to help communities throughout the state thrive. It is a legislative initiative designed to support the state’s creative economy. A state-certified Creative District provides a strong base for communities to grow the arts and creative economy. They can grow jobs and provide educational, and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.

WHAT IS A CREATIVE DISTRICT?It’s a geographically defined area where art, cultural, social, and economic activity takes place. It includes cultural facilities, artists, creative industries and other businesses that support these activities. It’s a vehicle to grow jobs and create opportunities in the arts. It can make the most of a community’s arts and cultural heritage. It’s the heart of a community – a focal point for people to gather and enjoy vibrant and vital activities. And it showcases the innovation and entrepreneurship Washington is known for.


If you would like more information about the Twisp Creative District please contact Methow Arts’ Executive Director, Amanda Jackson Mott, amanda@methowartsalliance.org, 509-341-4413. Thank you all for your support in this important process!