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Grantee: Saranac Art Projects

Project Title: Emerging Artist Residency Program & Gallery Improvements
Year awarded: 2017, Round 2

Saranac requested grant funding to support two projects aimed at maintaining and expanding their mission of service to the Spokane Arts Community and local artists. Saranac Art Projects is creating an Emerging Artist Residency Program, where select emerging artists will receive a 12-month membership to Saranac Art Projects and the opportunity to exhibit their own work. Their other major project will be installing a gallery track system to facilitate hanging many different types of artwork. Both these projects will support and enliven their educational mission, giving Saranac Art Projects an influx of fresh voices and an expansion of the possible types of shows and programs they can showcase in the gallery.


Saranac Art Projects has continued their mission of presenting high-quality art exhibitions, along with community outreach and education. Over the years, Saranac Art Projects heard from several local artists interested in joining the cooperative, who couldn’t afford the monthly dues that help them pay rent and maintain the gallery space. Often emerging artists just need a little boost, and grant funding supported new outreach efforts to bring emerging artists into the fold, as well as funded needed improvements to gallery walls that strengthened their ability to show professional work and improve attendees’ experience viewing shows.