The world as a whole is going through unprecedented and rather uncertain times currently. With stay at home orders getting issued in more and more states and Gov. Inslee cancelling school for the rest of the year, there are a lot of question marks surrounding every day life.
One thing that mustn’t be left for questioning is the power and importance of the arts. All types of business are feeling the effects this pandemic is causing, with Icicle Creek being no different. Having to cancel events not only impacts us, but it impacts local business, local artists and so much more.
Why are the arts so important right now? As everyone is at home, finding passion through the arts can be an incredibly beneficial way to navigate this quarantine. You don’t have to look far, either, the arts are everywhere! Whether it be reading a new book, taking pictures of the stunning mountains that surround us, or grabbing some colored pencils and a piece of paper and drawing the view from your window, the arts can truly help you find the beauty in life right now.
All that said, there are many ways to help keep the arts vibrant locally so when this is all over we will be able to enjoy all of the theater, singing and dancing as before. Here are some ways to support the Leavenworth art scene:
Support local artists – Leavenworth is home to some amazing artists that get much of their inspiration from right outside their front door. Whether it be buying a print, original or even setting up a commission, local artists would love to help out in any way they can.
Donate to the arts – There are many places to donate right now and it truly comes down to what you’re passionate about. If you are financially able, donating to the arts is a great way for them to make up for the cancelled events.
Share content – Everyone has to move to the digital side of business right now and there is a lot of content being thrown every which way, but, if you can sift through it all, sharing this content with people who might not see it truly helps out these businesses for life after quarantine.
These are just a few reasons why the arts are so important and how to give back. Here at Icicle Creek we want to see your creativity! If you haven’t seen our emails or social media go check them out! We have started a #DailyArtDose where we offer up some form of art every day for people to enjoy and hopefully get their minds off of these stressful times. That being said, we want you to contribute! Paint something, or sing something or play some instrument and post it to social media, tag us and use the #DailyArtDose and we will share it! We hope to see your creativity soon!
The arts are an incredible way to keep you occupied and sharp during these uncertain times. Painting with coffee, using food coloring for water colors and repurposing everyday items to make your own art gallery can be a great way to keep your mind busy while also having FUN!
We too wish we could see you at Snowy Owl Theater for an opera or in Canyon Wren Recital Hall for a chamber music concert, and although we can’t right now, there are still plenty of amazing ways to have fun with the arts! Check out our list of resources below!
Click here for 27 art activities you can do at home!
Check out this link for 100 silly drawing prompts everyone will love here!
Click here for 4 fun one day art activities! Includes drawing, coloring and taking pictures!
Amazon has allowed over 40 titles for kids tv shows to be streamed for free, even without prime, during this time! Click here.
ArtsEd Washington released school curriculum for art for students K-6! A great resource. Click here!
A great blog for keeping busy while still getting educated through the arts while at home! Check it out here!
We want to see your creativity at Icicle Creek! If you finish one of these activities, post it to social media with the hashtag #DailyArtDose and tag us so we can see it!
The Met: Live in HD has been a Saturday morning staple at Icicle Creek for over 7 years when we streamed Eugene Onegin for the first time. It is most definitely a sight to behold walking into Snowy Owl Theater as the sun shines on the mountains; oh, and who could forget about the mimosas? During this time our theater has allowed opera lovers across North Central Washington, and especially Leavenworth, to experience the next best thing besides witnessing an opera in person at The Met.
With some of the best operas in the world having blessed our screen, we figured we should probably talk about some fun facts regarding The Met, and who knows, you might learn something new!
How old? The first opera ever held on its stage was Faust on October 22nd, 1883.
In the early years, there was a lot of change in management and after the first full season, the manager at the time, Henry E. Abbey, left the house with a $600,000 deficit.
Wanting their own theater, The Met was originally founded by wealthy businessmen on the corner of Broadway and 39th Street. It was soon realized that this location didn’t offer the amenities necessary for state of the art productions. In 1966 the move was made and the house is now part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
32 world premieres which include some of the greatest operas ever. Some of the works included among the expansive list are, La Fanciulla del West, Königskinder and The Ghosts of Versailles.
Though we have been streaming The Met in Snowy Owl since 2013, the first ever opera to be broadcasted was Hänsel und Gretel on Christmas Day in 1931.
Life has rapidly changed for everyone in America and the effects can be felt in every industry, sector and household. With kids here in Wenatchee Valley on a break from school for at least six weeks and many of us stuck at home, we are left to wonder, what is there to do?
There are many online resources to help you out with this predicament. From hiking the many trails around the area, to continuing education, to even playing video games, USA Today has a great, and comical, list of what people can do to keep the boredom at bay. And, who would have thought, three out of the first five relate to the ARTS!
One idea that is perfect for around Leavenworth is to get out and enjoy the outdoors. With the sun shining and it getting warmer everyday, one of the best ways to social distance is to get out into the fresh air. Going for a walk or a hike is a perfect recipe to pass time while staying healthy. Make sure to stay 6 feet apart!
Are you, or someone you know, off from school right now? Stay sharp by starting to write. A daily journal, a blog, poetry, pretty much anything. Get those creative juices flowing and who knows, you might find your new favorite hobby!
What about that piano collecting dust? Or the guitar over in the corner a little out of tune by now? What a great time to learn, and an even better time to brush up on your skills. Have a musical family? Have nightly family jam sessions! Penn Medicine talks about the benefits of learning an instrument saying, “While learning to play an instrument as a child provides life-long benefits to the brain, taking music lessons in your 60s – or older – can boost your brain’s health as well, helping to decrease loss of memory and cognitive function.”
Playing music is a great way to pass the time and keep the brain working, but listening to music works too! Here’s an idea, try and find your favorite songs from a genre you never listen to and make a playlist. Here is one of our favorite playlists on Spotify!
If you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, try something from this list, you just might discover the true power of the arts!
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Howell, Festival Director, (509) 679-6411, email@example.com
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!
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts wants to let you know that our beautiful cabins are available to rent!
Our campus, located three miles up the enchanting Icicle Road, has eight cabins available to the public. Whether you need a relaxing weekend getaway, a place to crash after sightseeing in Leavenworth, or want to stay the night after an awesome event on campus, we have the perfect retreat for you.
Our cabins are fully equipped with room for 4-6 people and two include kitchenettes.
RATES: $120-$150 per cabin