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Grantee: Art Salvage

Project Title: Art Salvage’s First Creative Reuse Store
Year awarded: 2017, Round 3

Art Salvage seeks to promote creativity while also educating Spokane’s art communities about sustainability through their ongoing collection and reuse of materials and art supplies that otherwise would be thrown away. Not only is potential waste recycled productively, but Art Salvage also takes sustainability further by offering low priced materials and classes showing how the Spokane community can create using such supplies and tools.

Art Salvage is a new nonprofit led by Katie Patterson Larson, who envisioned Spokane to be both creative and sustainable. The main focus of Art Salvage is to collect usable art materials from the community and organize them for resale in the Art Salvage store front.


Art Salvage does not yet have a store. They received an operational grant to help support, in part, a home and a retail space to sell goods and hold classes. It is their hope that the retail store will be a one stop shop for art and craft supplies such as paint, paper, yarn and more, as well as unique materials and vintage goods.

Katie Patterson-Larson, Art Salvage’s Executive Director, wrote in her proposal, “Art Salvage aims to serve a wide variety of artists and makers including teachers, students, crafters, do-it-yourselfers, and artists of all ages. By selling art materials at affordable prices the organization hopes to appeal to both those on a budget and also individuals looking for unique creative inspiration and supplies.”