2024 Creative District Convening



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Day 1 – June 6, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 


9:15 a.m. Check-in opens | Coffee & refreshments Chewelah Center for the Arts 

10:00 a.m. Welcome to 2024 Creative District Convening 

10:30 a.m. Presentation by Chewelah Creative District 

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Walking tour of Chewelah Creative District: Scavenger Hunt Adventure

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and networking Radio Station 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1 (choose 1 to attend) 

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break 

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Creative Economy Strategic Plan Radio Station

  • Shannon Halberstadt from WA State Dept. of Commerce (presented by Annette Roth and Michael Wallenfels as Shannon was unable to come)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break – walk to Chewelah Center for the Arts 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Connecting Creative Communities: Exploring the Northeast Washington Creative Economy Pilot Project 

 4:30 p.m. Day 1 ends 

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Chewelah Art Walk 

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Event in Chewelah city park with live music by Voodoo Church of Blues featuring Forest Govedare. Fired Up Pizza will be selling tacos and beer 

8:15 p.m. Govedare Stallion unveiling ceremony

Day 2 – June 7, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 


8:30 a.m. Coffee & refreshments Chewelah Center for the Arts 

9:00 a.m. Welcome to Day 2 

9:15 a.m. Edmonds and Olympia: Five Years Retrospective 

10:15 a.m. Break – walk downtown 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session 2 (choose 1 to attend) 

11:30 a.m. Break – Chewelah Farmers Market 

12:15 p.m. Lunch and networking Radio Station 

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 3 (choose 1 to attend) 

2:15 p.m. Break – Walk back to Chewelah Center for the Arts 

Coffee and refreshments 

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Shaping the Future: Prioritizing Goals for the Creative Districts Program
Chewelah Center for the Arts 

4:30 p.m. Day 2 ends 

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Reception Chewelah Center for the Arts 

Hearty hors d’oeuvres and refreshments by Bella Vita Catering.
Live music by Isaac Tonasket.

Day 3 – June 8, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 


8:30 a.m. Coffee & brunch Chewelah Center for the Arts 

9:00 a.m. Welcome to Day 3 

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session 4: A Rural Renaissance: Meet Creative Business Owners 

  • Kat Brooks: Lost Falls Collaborative 
  • John Raymond: 395 Coffee 
  • Tiffany Cox: Tiffany Cox Design 
  • Tim Nielsen: Trails End Gallery 
  • Brad Shaffer: Columbia Creamery 
  • Rob Nye: The Chewelah General Store 

10:30 a.m. Closing remarks 

11:00 a.m. Optional walking tour of Chewelah murals with Creative District 

12:00  p.m. Chewelah Creative District invites you to a casual, no host lunch at
Quartzite Brewing Company: 105 W Main Ave Chewelah, 99109 


PACA (Chewelah Center for the Arts)

The Cult (Aaron Huff Memorial Cultural Center)

Northern Lights Public Radio station

Billy Frank Jr. Statue Project

During the 2024 Creative District Convening, the maquette (half-size model) of the Billy Frank Jr. Statue Project will be on display at Trails End Gallery in Chewelah. Stop by during the Chewelah Art Walk or any time during the Convening to see the maquette and learn more.

On Thursday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m., tune in to KCHW 102.7 Northern Lights Public Radio to listen as Michael Wallenfels, ArtsWA Communications Manager, discusses the project with Chuck Ritchie (President of Chewelah Creative District) and Tim Nielsen (owner of Trails End Gallery). The interview will be live on the air as well as broadcast as a video on KCHW’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.


Annette Roth, Community Development Manager: annette.roth@arts.wa.gov | 360-292-9647

Adrienne Kerrigan, Community Relations Program Assistant: adrienne.kerrigan@arts.wa.gov | 360-485-1269