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Event: Opens October 2
Fall Fest Artist Fair

As part of this year’s Fall Fest events in downtown Spokane, Spokane Arts will be hosting an Artist Fair at the Pavilion at Riverfront Park on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Local artists and artisans will be showing & selling their work, including paintings, photography, prints, cards, wearable, ceramics, jewelry & more! Find new artwork for your home this fall and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Event: Opens September 1
Bright Spot

Spokane Arts is excited to present Bright Spot online and in person at the Chase Gallery September 1 through October 29. Bright Spot showcases five artists all using familiar materials in fresh and inventive ways to explore the varied connections between everyday experiences and how we capture, remember, and communicate them. Featuring work by Mel Hewitt, Emily Hawkins, Jerry Slough, Callie McClusky, and Dana Squires, this group exhibit includes handmade art books, digital prints on glass, photography, and paintings.

Installation underway on new Spokane Arts programs for aspiring muralists!

Spokane Arts created three new mural programs this year to increase opportunities for less experienced
artists to connect with public art projects, learn from experienced muralists, and gain valuable skills.
Installation is underway now on a variety of these projects, putting local artists to work on murals large
and small. Mural apprentices are working alongside experienced muralists on large scale court mural
projects, and a mural workshop and mini-mural projects are creating first mural opportunities for a wide
range of artists.

Spokane Public Library selects art for permanent collection

The Library commissioned three sculptures and purchased portable artwork for new libraries in accordance with the City of Spokane’s public art policy, requiring one percent of the construction budget be dedicated to public art. The artwork is one component of a much larger project, a $77 million, voter-approved bond to remodel four existing libraries and build three new ones. In commissioning artwork, Spokane Public Library aims to create a friendly, engaging atmosphere for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Each sculpture is site-specific, meaning it was designed specifically for the Library location where it will be installed, using input from the Library staff and board members, building architects, construction team, city arts commissioners, and more.

In the Neighborhood poetry film

Celebrating National Poetry Month through poetry from local community members! In honor of National Poetry Month (happening now), Spokane Arts commissioned a short video featuring eight community members reading their poems from the “In the Neighborhood” project. “In the Neighborhood” is a community-based project created by Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook and Spokane Arts to collect and share poetry exploring Spokane neighborhoods. Written by area residents past and present, of all ages and experience levels, the poems here each showcase unique perspectives on our city. Together they do one magical thing: share the many stories of our neighborhoods! All the poems shared by community members to date can be found at, and for those who haven’t had a chance to participate yet, there’s a link on the website to share a poem.

Spokane Arts grants Operational Support Grants to local cultural organizations

Spokane Arts was able to fund five cultural organizations with a dispensation from the City of Spokane earmarked for the support of cultural groups. This set of grants was awarded by a separate selection panel, composed of Spokane Arts Commissioners, who made their choices independently from the SAGA process. These five organizations have received grants to support their general operations and events in 2021-22.