At the south end of Whidbey Island, the small coastal art town of Langley overlooks Saratoga Passage, where gray whales annually migrate.
Natural beauty and art: The town’s creative roots date to the historic Brackenwood Artists Colony, established in 1915 in rustic seaside cabins, and whose famous members helped found the “Northwest School” of art.
Today the combination of natural beauty and Langley’s creative ethos continue to attract residents and visitors alike.
Find yourself here: Langley Creates‘ welcoming message is: “Find Yourself Here!” Just like people, towns have personalities. This city of 1,200 is widely known as a caring community, with numerous philanthropic enterprises, and self-development opportunities through events, classes, workshops and retreats.
As a creative district, Langley Creates is focused on growing the community’s creative economy by supporting and enlarging what already exists in this seaside village. Langley Creates wants to be a trailblazer for sustainable economic development in rural communities.
In Episode 3 of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ video series, Six Feet Apart, Sue Frause visits with members of Langley Creates and discusses what Langley’s new designation as a Creative District means for the island’s economy.
Air date: April 30, 2020