Methow Arts Alliance

Grant Recipient

Methow Arts Alliance became one of our partner organizations in 2017. We are proud supporters of the entire organization, but most especially their Access Arts Program which increased arts education programming in 6 school districts in rural Okanogan County. Specifically, the program funded: 1) approximately 1350 new hours of arts education residencies to date serving students teachers, staff, professional teaching artists, outlying schools and families – impacting 12,457 people total; and 2) expansion of their performance series serving students in six Okanogan County school districts or 14 schools and build art-integrated curriculum through work and collaboration with teachers to students k-12.

Through increased programming, the needs of regional artists and organizations were revealed in a greater way. The desire to respond to identified service gaps, as well as, demand for more professional development and business resources fueled the creation of a new Arts Resource Center which will be located on Glover Street in downtown Twisp, WA. Methow Arts is taking the lead in the development of services that will assist artists and organizations in being stronger. New programming will help in providing business resources to artists and organizations in the region. These services complement the Arts Education programs Methow Arts has delivered for 25 years. Supporting Methow Arts meets the Foundation’s mission and vision and we look forward to continuing our relationship!

Methow Arts Alliance enriches 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 through a four-prong approach:

Education: Facilitating partnership with Okanogan region schools and other partners to bring quality and enthralling arts programs to students.

Presenting: Presenting and producing diverse and compelling performances, events and public art; enhancing outdoor space and downtown corridors through ARTscapes and public art initiatives.

Promotion: Comprehensive marketing of the arts, artists and arts organizations in the Methow Valley. Methow Arts manages the website, monthly E-NEWS, quarterly printed ART magazine.

Leadership: Vigorous advocacy and networking for the arts locally, regionally, and nationally; providing art resources at a new resource center in Twisp, WA which will provide workshops, consultation, presentations and support to artists and organizations.

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