Icicle Creek Artist Talk is a new virtual series from Icicle Creek where we interview artists of all kinds from around NCW to learn about their craft, processes, methods and artistic ideologies!
The series will stream monthly from our website and Facebook page. Our first episode features creative, Austin J. Smith from Ellensburg, WA, and streams Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM.
You can watch the series and learn more about Austin at icicle.org/find-events/artist-talk/
Thanks to the Icicle Fund, Methow Arts and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will get to provide 72 artists with critical funding during a very difficult year. The Icicle Fund 2020.21 Relief Fund provides $72,000 in artist grants in support of the critical needs of working artists in North Central Washington* whose incomes have been impacted by COVID-19. *Please note, grants are intended for working artists residing in Okanogan, Chelan, Grant and Douglas Counties.
Artists are the basic building blocks of the Arts Ecosystem – without creating artists, the system does not exist. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCW artists are facing severe loss in income and business. The Icicle Fund recognizes that artists continue to be deeply impacted as events, conferences, art at Farmer’s Markets, and performances across the country continue to cancel. They are impacted by hospitality industry and retail/artist studio closures, school closures, travel restrictions, continued lay-offs and social distancing recommendations.
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will review and artist grants in Chelan and Grant counties and Methow Arts Alliance will review and award artist grants in Okanogan and Douglas counties.
Apply via Icicle Creek or Methow Arts starting December 15. Click here for more details.
Icicle Creek is excited to be participating in Give NCW this year! Give NCW is the Community Foundation’s online fundraising campaign designed to build awareness about nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties that are impacting our communities and provide an easy way to support them! Visit givencw.org to give to Icicle Creek.
Plus, certain days of the week have special incentives! Each time you donate on a Monday, your name is entered to win $1,000 to use on Give NCW any way you choose, and all donations made on Wednesdays will be matched up to $3,000!
Join us for virtual, live-streamed concerts from Icicle Creek to you! Sundays at Icicle Creek is a series of chamber music concerts beginning on October 4. Reserve your complimentary ticket at icicle.org/find-events
The Sundays at Icicle Creek fall series line up:
Oct 4: Volta Piano Trio
Works by Joseph Haydn, Zenobia Powell Perry, Felix Mendelssohn
Nov 8: Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello; Elizabeth Dorman and Oksana Ejokina, piano
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Strauss
Nov 22: Elizabeth Dorman and Oksana Ejokina, piano
Works by J.S. Bach and Franz Schubert
Dec 6: Hoorig Poochikian, violin; Christie Chen, cello; Oksana Ejokina, piano
Works by Francis Poulenc, Gabriela Lena Frank, Felix Mendelssohn
We love birthdays and in keeping with tradition we are planning to celebrate our dear friend and founder Harriet and her 96th birthday. This fun online party will be filled with messages from some of her favorite artists and showcasing highlights from the best performances over the years. The online stream is Thursday, September 10 at 6pm at icicle.org/birthday.
Artists include Lisa Bergman, Oksana Ejokina, Misha Myznikov, Matthew Baldwin, John Pickett, Overton Berry, Andre Feriante, Charles Robert Stephens, Henry Hettick, Arlene Wagner, Landon Davies, Mason Atwood, Olive Ryan, Gary Lumsden, the Marlin Handbell Ringers, along with a cameo performance from Harriet herself!
As always, there is no cost to attend and all donations collected from her party will go to support Harriet’s favorite cause – providing student access to the educational programs of Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Your gifts will be appreciated and thoughtfully distributed throughout the year.
Join us for this special event as we honor this special woman, and the arts, virtually with YOU!
All events at Icicle Creek are officially cancelled until further notice in response to growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus.
The health and wellbeing of Icicle Creek staff, attendees, and community is paramount during this time. This, along with the recent announcement made by Gov. Jay Inlsee where gatherings are limited to 50 people, is why Icicle Creek Center for the Arts has decided to make this difficult decision.
Icicle Creek Executive Director Rebecca Ryker stated, “Our commitment remains being a responsible member of this community and to helping all of us to stay as safe and healthy as possible.”
Icicle Creek prides itself on spreading the vibrancy of the arts through many facets including, performances, exhibitions and most importantly, education where year-round programming impacts more than 5,000 students throughout North Central Washington.
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will work hard to use the impact of arts to spread positivity during these trying times. Make sure to check emails, social media and other forms of communication as Icicle Creek will do all it can to maintain some sense of normality and its relationship with the Icicle Creek family.
During this time, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts encourages you to use precautionary measures such as social distancing, remain calm and follow the rules of the local government.
We encourage you to visit our website for the most current information.
Any questions may be directed to Rebecca Ryker, executive director, at (509) 548-6347, firstname.lastname@example.org
14th Annual Leavenworth Ale Fest CANCELLED Over COVID-19 Concerns
Leavenworth, Wash., March 12, 2020 – The 14th annual Leavenworth Ale Fest, scheduled to be held in the Leavenworth Festhalle on Sat., April 18, has officially been cancelled in response to growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus.
In light of a recent edict from Gov. Jay Inslee limiting mass gatherings in Washington State, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts has decided to forgo the annual fundraiser which brings in breweries and craft beer enthusiasts from across the state each Spring.
“This has not been an easy decision to make,” said Icicle Creek Executive Director Rebecca Ryker. “But it is driven by a commitment to being a responsible member of this community and to helping all of us to stay as safe and healthy as possible.”
The event, which sold out in 2019, is one of two major fundraisers for the non-profit organization that presents year-round arts education and programming that impacts more than 5,000 students throughout North Central Washington. A portion of the proceeds would also have gone to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which founded the event before passing it along to Icicle Creek in 2019.
“This is a financial hit to everyone involved – to this non-profit, but also to the Festhalle and to the City of Leavenworth,” said Ryker, noting that not only will they miss the opportunity to raise much-needed funds, but will lose thousands in unrecoverable expenses already made in the process of planning the event. “It is at times like these that non-profits need your support more than ever.”
All current Ale Fest ticket holders will be contacted and have the option to receive a full refund or convert their ticket purchases to a donation supporting Icicle Creek.
Normal operations and other programming scheduled for March will continue as scheduled, though Icicle Creek will continue to follow guidance from public health authorities as the situation evolves. The organization is taking measures to reinforce good hygiene and sanitization policies with staff, volunteers and visitors, as well as working with its janitorial service to ensure proactive sanitization of surfaces that the staff and public come into contact with. Visitors and event attendees are encouraged to stay home if they or anyone in their home are symptomatic.
Any questions may be directed to Rebecca Ryker, executive director, at (509) 548-6347.
Rebecca Ryker, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, (509) 548-6347, email@example.com
Jamie Howell, Festival Director, (509) 679-6411, firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that the novel coronavirus is on everyone’s mind and ours too. We wanted to take a moment to update you on operations and preparations at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Nothing is more important to us than public safety and the well-being of our community. Icicle Creek is preparing for COVID-19 in our community by working closely with local public health officials and aligning with local, state and federal public health guidelines.
In order to promote everyday preventive actions, we are reinforcing good hygiene and sanitization policies with staff, volunteers and visitors, and we are working with our janitorial service to ensure they continue to provide high level cleaning of our facility, including proactive sanitization of surfaces that the staff and public come in contact with. We would like to urge our visitors to stay home when they are sick, or when someone in their household is sick.
Programs and events at Icicle Creek continue to adjust as we closely monitor and follow guidance from public health authorities as the situation evolves. We encourage you to visit our website during this time for the most current schedule. We will continue do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and their families.
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in collaboration with the 2020 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest invites submissions for the Annual Bird Fest Exhibition “Pacific Northwest Birds and their Habitats.” This juried exhibition will serve as an opportunity for a diverse range of artists in the four county area of North Central Washington to display their work in the Snowy Owl Theater during the celebrated 2020 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest. Artists of all mediums that are ready for wall hanging are encouraged to apply.
Now until December 31st, you can make a gift to Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and it will be matched to double its value! Thanks to a generous challenge grant, you can make twice the difference funding the amazing arts education programs of Icicle Creek – and the match is available up to $100k. Your gift will keep on giving to help brighten the future by investing in arts education for learners around the region and around the corner.
Go to icicle.org/match today to make a real impact this giving season and bring art to life!