The TwispWorks campus consists of 16 buildings on a forest service property that was acquired by the Twisp Public Development Authority (PDA) in 2008. The vision for the site was to create a dynamic hub where small businesses, non-profit organizations, artists, craftspeople and the community at-large could come together to collaborate and learn from eachother, with the ultimate goal of supporting the ongoing resilience and economic vitality of the Methow Valley. As volunteer chair for the PDA board, Ray Johnston structured and managed a programming and design process that resulted in the creation of TwispWorks- a community asset that continues to grow and thrive.
Over 400 citizens participated visioning and outreach sessions during the “Hopes and Dreams” phase of the project, ensuring broad support for the creation of the TwispWorks campus. After property acquisition and the definition of specific areas of activity, “Mission to Program” teams were formed to refine descriptions of the various activities on the site. These documents were the basis for a Master Plan charrette that involved 70 people in 5 teams exploring designs for the site. This large gathering worked for 4 hours
resulting in a final Master Plan for the site.
Now open to the public TwispWorks is a 6.4 acre campus designed to share, collaborate and celebrate the vibrant culture that makes the Methow Valley a special place. From gardens to artist studios, shops, classes and live music the former Forest Service property has been rehabilitated. Over 38,000 square feet of usable space now serves as the home to 35 businesses, civic organizations, nonprofits and artists operate on campus.