Sironka will bring a series of half-day batik art workshops and Maasai lectures to Spokane Schools in 2022.
Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA) funds multiple programs and projects three times every year through a competitive application process. Grant winners carry out arts related activities in the Spokane area during the twelve months following their award date. Awards can be for any amount up to $10,000.
SAGA defines the term “arts” by observing our community’s creative activity. We live in a region populated by many cultures, talented in varied crafts and trades, and curious about learning and engaging in technique, expression, and artistic community. SAGA has funded blacksmithing and glassblowing, cultural art forms such as canoe making, performance, exhibition, education, therapy, and individual artistic development. We have also funded arts-based businesses and new collaborations.
SAGA stands on the principle that creatives should be paid for the work they do and we educate both the broader community and the artistic sector that creative work has value.
2021 was SAGA’s fifth year serving the Spokane region. At the end of its fifth year, SAGA had funded 129 proposals providing a total of more than one half-million dollars to local artists, organizations, and businesses. Below we provide a complete list of each of our awardees since our first year of funding in 2017.
View just the most recent year’s winners here.
SAGA joins the effort to complete the Spokane Symphony’s fundraising to cover the cost of repairing the Fox stage floor.
Spokane Ensemble Theatre
Spokane Ensemble Theatre will perform a contemporary, high-energy reimagining of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in June 2022.
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC)
With SAGA funding, the MAC will be able to subsidize field trips for Title 1 and underserved primary and secondary school students to attend the Dreamworks Animation exhibition.
My Turn Theater
My Turn Theater will provide support and performance opportunities for actors with special needs, with the goal of producing a major musical production each year.
Vytal Movement Dance
Vytal Movement Dance will present a dance concert titled, Together We Dance, that celebrates our way back together as community. The work will be performed three times in the Spring of 2022.
Lucas Brookbank Brown
Brown is receiving support from SAGA to record and produce of a compilation album featuring original songs from four local individual emerging artists.
DeMoville is receiving SAGA support to write two short plays. These plays will eventually join a total of seven or eight new short works by DeMoville in a suite of Theatre for Youth plays entitled, “Bridges.”
Kalin will use both digital and traditional arts as the vehicles for learning and expressing concepts in biodiversity with students at Spokane’s Pratt Academy.
The Spokane Cookbook will share, celebrate, and support the stories and efforts of Spokane’s important culinary industry.
Inland Northwest Opera (INO)
The Opera Truck is INO’s newest program: a 16-foot box truck, which has been converted into a mobile stage to employ artists, expand INO’s audience, and provide educational programs through Covid restrictions.
Latah Books is working to position itself as one of the emerging and independent literary destinations for memoirists, while diversifying the authors they promote.