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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 www.spokanepoetry.com, and for those who haven’t had a chance to participate yet, there’s a link on the website to share a poem.

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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.

Event: Opens October 1
Wooden Storytellers

Spokane Arts is excited to share Wooden Storytellers online this fall! Featuring large scale woodblock prints created as collaborative pieces between the traveling arts organization Big Ink and 17 artists from around the United States, Wooden Storytellers showcases some of the most exciting work being done in woodblock printing today! Featured artists: Rachel Thern, Debra Olin, Abel Alejandre, Angela Earley, Jessica Billey, Jun Lee, Julie (J.L.) Abraham, Christopher O’Flaherty, Robert Maloney, Eben King, Robin Gibson, Zachariah Schmitt, Stephen Grossman, Reinaldo Gil Zambrano, Carolyn M. Muskat, Beth Howe and Clive McCarthy, and Lyell Castonguay.

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Artist Jiemei Lin beginning work on new mural downtown!

Spokane Arts is excited to announce the installation of a new mural by artist Jiemei Lin as part of the Alleyways Mural project in downtown Spokane! The mural will be located on the 100 North block alley between Howard and Wall Streets in downtown Spokane. Pullman, Washington-based artist Jiemei Lin was selected following an open call for artists this spring by a selection panel consisting of Arts Commissioners, and community and project representatives. The mural design, which features two panels each with a child swimming in a pool, is meant to celebrate our shared global connections.

Event: Opens July 1
Threshold

Spokane Arts is excited to share Threshold at the Chase Gallery and online, July 1 – August 28, 2020, featuring the work of May Kytonen, Sam Marroquin, Mariah Boyle, Laura Ahola-Young, Sally Machlis and Delphine Keim. Threshold is a group exhibit featuring the work of six artists working throughout the northwest in a variety of mediums. Using paint, printmaking, drawing, with work on fabric, paper, and canvas, these artists explore boundaries of home and meanings of place. Through diverse approaches, the work in  Threshold centers on themes of home and housing, migration and immigration, environment and boundaries. Powerful individual pieces invite the viewer to examine the many thresholds we approach and cross in our lives.

Enjoy the exhibit here online all summer. Spokane City Hall is currently closed to the public. Normally open to the public Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Chase Gallery is open if and when City Hall is open to the public.