All residents of the Key Peninsula will experience joy through creativity and community.
- Creativity is essential for everyone
- Artistic expression encompasses many mediums and genres
- Art is important across the lifespan
- Art activities bring diverse groups and ages together
Two Waters Arts Alliance is dedicated to supporting and growing a vibrant and creative community on the Key Peninsula by providing educational programming and participatory opportunities across artistic mediums and for all ages. We believe that creativity is essential, and are invested in offering education and exposure that helps to expand and foster creative thinking and endeavors, while building a more connected community.
HISTORY AND GOALS
Two Waters Arts Alliance (TWAA) is composed of artists and supporters of the arts, those who appreciate the value of the arts, those who believe the arts are central to a community’s well being, and those who believe the arts are an essential component of a well-rounded education. TWAA aims to maintain vibrant arts programs on the Key Peninsula and ensure arts education thrives in its schools.
Two Waters Arts Alliance (TWAA) is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization composed of community members dedicated to creative expression and the arts. We believe the arts are an essential component of a well-rounded education and a vibrant community. TWAA aims to encourage and support diverse arts programming and events on the Key Peninsula and ensure arts education thrives in its schools.
TWAA was founded in 2001 by artists Margo Macdonald and Kathy Bauer in order to create a program to enhance student learning through art. The two made plans, enlisted the aid of like-minded community members to serve on their board, and offered some classes. Two Waters Arts Alliance was born.
At TWAA’s core is its Arts Education Programs that encompasses all levels and forms of artistic expression. These programs operate in the Key Peninsula schools: Key Peninsula Middle School, Evergreen and Vaughn elementary schools. Because of COVID-19, our school programming has adapted as need be, and we have the ability to offer our middle school programming online when necessary.
TWAA contracts with professional artists to work with interested teachers to augment particular curriculum studies and pays artists to teach after school classes and workshops. These generally do not require the involvement of a classroom teacher.
Public events are also at the core of TWAA’s efforts. The organization is responsible for the annual Key Peninsula Art Walk and juried art exhibition. Other programming in recent years has included programs such as Colors of Fall, Give Your Heart to Art, Performing Arts for Families (Book-It Theatre, a monthly Hootenany gathering, and concerts.
Many of the programs are produced in collaboration with other Key Peninsula organizations, such as the Key Peninsula Civic Center, The Mustard Seed Project, and The Longbranch Improvement Club.
TWAA continues to rely on the support of our many generous grants as well as memberships and donations.