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Event: Watch online now! The 2020 Spokane Arts Awards

Dates: September 26 - October 31, 2020

THANK YOU for celebrating with us online for the annual Spokane Arts Awards!!! If you missed the livestream (or just want to re-watch!) the full broadcast is now available to watch free on our YouTube channel here!

It was such a treat to gather virtually and stay connected, even if we couldn’t be together in person. We’re so grateful to everyone who made this show possible, including Rogue Heart Media, Lucky You Lounge, Juan Mas, Michael Notar, Spokane Public Radio, Emma Noyes, ROSETHROW, ASL interpreter Jamie De Armas, Jenny Anne Mannan, Spokane Chinese Association, Jess Walter, Kathryn Smith, The Inlander, Gina Freuen, Vanessa Swenson, each of our nominees and everyone who took the time to nominate someone!!!

Winners of the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards were announced at the annual event on Saturday, September 26, which was held as a live-streamed broadcast from Lucky You Lounge. The Arts Awards serve as the kick-off for Arts Month, the month-long celebration of arts and culture in Spokane to coincide with national arts and humanities month in October. Spokane Arts was honored to celebrate the life and work of Kate Vita, recipient of the Karen Mobley Impact Award, accepted by her husband Richard Vander Wende. Watch the video here.

Congratulations to the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards winners:

Collaboration: Carl Richardson  SFCC Fine Arts Instructor and Department Chair

In recognition of his years of excellent collaborative work through his own visual art, his teaching and leadership at Spokane Falls Community College, and collaborations with many local arts organizations including Emerge, Terrain, Saranac Art Projects and others.  

Imagination: Sylvia Fountaine  chef, writer, photographer, Feasting at Home

In recognition of her years as an important imaginative force in our community, as one of the original chef-owners of Mizuna, with her catering business Feast Catering, and now, through her nationally-celebrated blog, Feasting at Home. Fountaine uses her gorgeous photography, writing, and recipes to take the bounty and beauty of our local food and agricultural communities and elevate them to show stopping heights while at the same time making food that is approachable, easy, and adaptable. 

Leadership: Juan Mas  filmmaker, organizer, Purple Crayon Productions

In recognition of his years of dedicated work serving so many of our local arts organizations, his tireless work as a mentor and a significant driver of cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration in the arts, and his own work as a director, screenwriter, and producer of film and television. Mas has had a huge impact on our local community, and is a founding member of Spokane Film Project, 50 Hour Slam, and the Spokane Theater Arts Council, and a board member of the One Heart Native Film Festival, as well as collaborating on projects including the Meet the Makers film series and Music Video Jams.

Inclusion: Spokane Poetry Slam  community poetry slam

In recognition of their years of work contributing to the growth of Spokane’s vibrant poetry community and creating welcoming spaces on the stage for all, as well as helping represent Spokane’s poetry community on a national level. Spokane Poetry Slam has created an inclusive and welcoming platform for so many, serving as a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA community, and elevating Black and other often unheard voices.

Nominees were submitted by community members through an open public call for nominations. In each category, award winners are selected from the nominated artists, volunteers, neighborhoods, educators, organizations, community leaders, or donors by a panel of Arts Commissioners and community arts representatives. (See below for full list of nominees in each category.) In recent years, Spokane Arts has presented award winners with unique awards crafted by local artisans. This year’s awards were created by sculptor Gina Freuen, who completed the beautifully detailed ceramic awards, based on her on-going series of tea bowls, despite breaking her wrist during production. 

Congratulations to each of the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards nominees! Nominated through the open call for community nominations, these creatives and organizations represent the range of diverse and passionate people who contribute to our arts community!

Watch the nominee videos for each category here! Thank you to Rogue Heart Media for their work compiling these videos.

The annual Spokane Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of creatives, arts and cultural organizations, and local individuals committed to enriching our community through the arts. We can’t wait to celebrate with you on Saturday, September 26, as we livestream this special event from Lucky You Lounge!

The four awards categories reflect the values of Spokane Arts: Leadership, Collaboration, Imagination and Inclusion. In each category, nominated artists, volunteers, neighborhoods, educators, organizations, community leaders, or donors are selected by a panel of Arts Commissioners and community arts representatives from the pool of community-nominated candidates. Emerging or established, young or old, on the edge or in the center – Spokane Arts strives to celebrate and recognize the wealth of participation in Spokane’s creative ecosystem.

Although the event will be a little different this year, we’ve never been so excited to celebrate the amazing arts community in Spokane! Buy your tickets now for Spokane Arts Awards on Saturday, September 26. Your ticket purchase of just $5 allows you to view the program online when it airs and helps us to pay the creatives making this show possible, including the performers, host, DJ, videographers, A/V technicians, the sculptor crafting the physical Arts Awards, and many others. We’ll be broadcasting live from Lucky You Lounge and are thrilled to have so many great talented people in our creative community working together to bring you a fun show and celebration! 

Get your tickets now and don’t miss out! In addition to the presentation of the 2020 Arts Awards, we’ll feature live music from 2019 Collaboration Award recipient Jenny Anne Mannan, a dance performance from the Spokane Chinese Association, and sneak peeks of new books from New York Times best-selling author Jess Walter and poet/visual artist Kathryn Smith.

Plus, you’ll be able to pre-order a special Arts Awards dinner from Lucky You Lounge for pick up before the event to enjoy while you watch the show at home! We’ve teamed up with the great folks at Spokane Public Radio to create a local music showcase on the radio as an Arts Awards pre-show, so you can tune into KPBX 91.1 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, for two hours of great local music. Tune in while you pick up your take-out dinner from Lucky You Lounge or any of Spokane’s other fantastic local restaurants! Then head home and settle in to watch a great celebration of the arts community in Spokane. Be sure to create your Veeps account and snag your ticket today so you’re ready to watch on Saturday, September 26!

Thank you for supporting the arts and helping to celebrate by grabbing your Arts Awards ticket today! 

Thanks to the Inlander for support of this annual event!  (Check out the Inlander’s To-Go Guide to help you decide where to order take-out dinner for the Awards shosw!) Arts Awards graphics by Vanessa Swenson