The mural culture in Spokane has been active for decades but the City of Spokane and Spokane Arts have recently made a commitment to revitalize and reimagine murals in the downtown gateways as a placemaking measure and as a way to activate underutilized areas which also see a large volume of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Check out our Opportunities page for more information on mural projects and other artists opportunities throughout the year! Read more about one of our current projects here, and then check out some of the many great murals throughout our community below!
Spokane Arts is excited to be partnering with Hooptown USA, with support from MultiCare, on outdoor basketball court mural projects in parks throughout Spokane! Artists for three of these exciting mural projects are being selected currently, following an open call for artists’ submissions in March and April. A selection panel has narrowed the applications down to eight designs and now, Spokane Arts is hosting an online survey looking for community input to help identify which designs might best fit each of the three locations.
Two of the murals will be installed this summer, one in Peaceful Valley and one in Chief Garry Park. A third artist and design will be selected for Thornton Murphy Park in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, to be installed in spring 2021. Neighborhood residents and park users are invited to take the survey to rank the designs. The survey is open now and will be open through Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The input from the survey will be one factor in helping decide which design is chosen for each location.
After the survey closes, the selection jury, consisting of representatives from the neighborhoods, the Spokane Arts Commission, Spokane Parks, Hooptown USA, and MultiCare, will take that input into consideration, along with the strength of each artists’ qualifications and designs, in selecting the final artists for each mural and the location of each of the three top designs. Three different artists or artist teams will be selected for these projects.
These murals will be fun, interactive additions to Spokane’s public art collection. A celebration of the strength of both our local arts and sports communities, these murals are part of a larger Hooptown USA project revitalizing courts throughout the region, with support from MultiCare. Together the mission is to establish a mosaic of art and basketball throughout the region to inspire and encourage inclusivity, ultimately building healthier communities.