Applications Now Accepted – Small Business Emergency Grant

eqpd gearThe Small Business Emergency Grant is pleased to announce a fifth round of funding open now through Feb 28th. In this round we expect to award 5-10 grants of $1,500-$5000 each. Special consideration will be given to those businesses who have been shuttered, had to cancel events, and to restaurants, bars and recreational facilities. To date, the SBEG has distributed 48 grants and raised over $116,000 for local businesses. To apply for the SBEG, click here:

Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund: Applications Now Being Accepted

Natural history education, especially place-based education that gives people a direct connection with and knowledge of the places in which they live, is more important now than ever before. – Mary Kiesau

We are pleased to announce the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund. This fund supports the independent projects of artists, photographers, naturalists, and naturalist educators working to further their own creativity, professional development, and the community’s connection to the land, art, and each other. The application period is open from January 31 to March 31, 2021.

Through generous donations to the fund from Mary’s community of friends, family, and loved ones, we will offer 2 awards in the amount of $1,000 each in 2021.

Artists, photographers, naturalists, and naturalist educators are invited to apply for the Fellowship. These funds are designed to support your “field” work and ultimately the creation of artistic works and knowledge that can be shared with your community.

Mary Kiesau was a woman of extraordinary energy and drive. This fellowship will fund projects that honor Mary’s legacy and align with her values and artistic passions:

• Living in harmony and balance with the earth and its finite resources.
• Being observant, interested in, and connected with the natural world in order to gain a deep
appreciation for the place one calls home.
• Helping to create a strong, resilient, and enlightened community that is composed of the Methow flora, fauna, and people.

Before applying, we recommend spending time reviewing Mary’s work and values at her website

There will be two stages of applicant review:

1) Application, Portfolio, Artist & Impact Statements review
2) Finalist in-person or virtual interview

Application Deadline: Midnight, March 31, 2021
Panel Review and Finalist Interviews: April 2021
Award Announcement: May 1, 2021 50% of award paid at this time.
Funding Period: May 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Final Report Due: February 1, 2022. Upon receipt of the final report, final 50% payment will be issued.

• Applicants must be 18 years or older, and not a student for the duration of the application period and project.

• Applicants should demonstrate a connection to the Methow Valley as a resident (full-time or part-time), visiting artist, or researcher doing field work in the Methow Valley or vicinity.

• Applicants must be generative, individual artists, photographers, and/or naturalists (Curators, organizers, producers, research groups, and artist teams are not eligible).

• Applicants must be a US resident.


In 250 words or less, tell us about yourself as a person:

In 250 words or less, tell us about who you are as an artist, photographer, and/or naturalist:

In 500 words or less, describe what you plan to do for your fellowship project, how the outcomes will be achieved, and how this project will further your goals as an artist, photographer and/or naturalist:

How will support from the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund be applied to your project? (100 words or less):

Work Sample Description

Visual Artists/Photographers:

Upload ten (10) examples of artwork into your online application submitted as a single .PDF.

If you are submitting still images, a maximum of 10 individual pieces is allowed.
If you are submitting video, include the URL for Vimeo, YouTube, website, or other online platform. A maximum of 10 minutes will be reviewed. Indicate the time stamp where you would like the panel to start and stop viewing. (EX: Start 1:35, Stop 3:40)
If you are combining digital images and video, one image equals one minute of video and vice versa. For example: You have a 3-minute video you want to submit along with some still images – you would submit your video URL and 7 still images to meet the 10 piece submission maximum.


In a single .PDF, include a work sample of up to ten pages. This may include writing projects, journal entries, drawings, photographs, maps, data, and any
other details that illustrate the way that you work. If you are submitting video, follow the guidelines for visual artists above. 1 min. of video = 1 page of the .PDF. If you are combining pages and video, the same rules apply as described above for visual artists. The .PDF should be formatted for viewing/printing 8.5″ x 11″.

If you are an artist/photographer AND a naturalist, follow the guidelines for the Naturalist work sample submittal.

Submit your final application documents in PDF form to
Award announcements will be made May 1, 2021

Please review the submission requirements carefully and be sure to submit correctly.
Questions? Email us,, we’re here to help!

Automotive Tech Education Dreams Become a Reality at TwispWorks!

Automotive Tech 1975 CameroIt’s amazing what you can accomplish with a clear vision, hard work and determination. After numerous local students expressed a desire to learn about automotive technology, a plan was hatched to renovate a 650 sq.ft. garage on the TwispWorks campus into a workspace.

TwispWorks is committed to supporting educational opportunities for local youth, and the back of the garage space will also double as a ‘Maker Space’ for a wide range of DIY student projects. Along with instructor Trent Whatley, students recently completed the modernization of the building and rolled in car #1, a 1975 Camaro. What a car! The lines on this hot rod are a work of art but it needs repair in almost every way, and that’s what the students will learn about this semester. Their curriculum covers the full range of learning about tools, how various parts make a car run, how to fix them and even repairing body damage.

ILC students interning at Serious Fun StudioThe garage gives the new Automotive Tech program a launch pad but the dreaming doesn’t stop there. Given that one car barely fits and that at some point Covid will end and class sizes will return to normal numbers, it’s clear that a much larger space is what the program really needs. Enter local architects Kit and Sam Kollmeyer, who are volunteering their time to work with three ILC students on conceptual designs for a larger, truly modern automotive education facility on the TwispWorks campus. In the same way that a car has many parts that must work together, designing a building is incredibly multi-faceted and requires a lot of forward thinking, research and thorough planning.

From start to finish, all aspects of creating an automotive tech program are providing incredible real-world learning opportunities for our students.

Lindsey Bryson joins TwispWorks as Retail Operations and Events Manager.

Lindsey Bryson Retail Operations and Events ManagerTwispWorks is excited to announce that Lindsey Bryson has jointed the TwispWorks staff as the Retail Operations and Events Manager. Lindsey will be responsible for the day to day operation of the Valley Goods store on the TwispWorks campus. She will work closely with the over 70 local artists, producers and makers who are currently represented at the store while ensuring Valley Goods continues to further TwispWorks mission to “Increase the economic and cultural vitality of the Methow Valley”. One of the exciting new initiatives Lindsey will be spearheading for the store is the development and launch of a new Methow Made and eCommerce website. In addition to her duties at Valley Goods. Lindsey will also support the events programming at TwispWorks including a series of summer events to take place at the new Performing Arts Pavilion.

Lindsey brings a passion for small business and deep experience in customer service and events planning to TwispWorks. Lindsey also enjoys deep ties with the local community. She has worked for years both as staff member and volunteer coordination for our local Eagles as well as serving for the past 3 years on the Confluence Gallery’s Board of Directors. She has a degrees in Public Relations from Washington State University.

Lindsey grew up in Twisp and still calls it her home with her partner Jacob and their naughty kitten Ziggy.

If you are an Okanogan County artist, producer or craftsperson and are interested in learning more about having your work represented at Valley Goods you can email Lindsey at

Check out #What Local Looks Like!

What Local Looks LikeIf you spent any time in the Methow Valley this holiday season then you know #What Local Looks Like! Local looks like supporting our local business while shopping for everyone on your list from Mazama mountaineers to Twisp teens, from Winthrop winter sports fanatics to Carlton fans of culinary arts! Check out the wonderful winners and the amazing businesses they supported this holiday season right here!