Arts builds culture and economies, fueling individual and community transformation. A recent creative vitality study shows incredible creative activity in Spokane County. Like any sector, the arts need big picture leadership and industry support to be successful, and to be central to our region’s prosperity. Spokane Arts embraces this arts sector leadership mission, supporting and advocating for the arts. Spokane Arts is guided by a strategic plan. Spokane Arts has major support from City of Spokane, Spokane Public Facilities District, Downtown Spokane, VisitSpokane, and many private contributors and volunteers. Thank you for encouraging the arts to thrive.

Our Mission

Spokane Arts supports arts and culture in the region through grantmaking, programming, advocacy, and professional development. We foster creativity by providing direct support to individuals, groups, and organizations in the creative sector, and we promote local arts and culture to the wider community.

Spokane Arts Team

Our small but mighty staff loves supporting creatives, beautifying our city for all who live here, and creating opportunities for community members to engage with arts and culture of all types. Every day, we support creatives by providing funding, resources, and training. We shine the spotlight on what’s happening in arts and culture so that everyone in the region has an opportunity to see, make, learn, play and engage.
Melissa Huggins

Executive Director

Melissa@SpokaneArts.org

Mika Maloney

Program Manager

Mika@SpokaneArts.org

Shelly Wynecoop

Grants Administrator

Shelly@SpokaneArts.org

Karen Mobley

Public Art Consultant

karen@spokanearts.org

Katie Smith

Communications Intern

artshelper@spokanearts.org

Melissa Dziedzic

Poetry Out Loud Coordinator

poetryoutloud509@gmail.com

Governing Board

Spokane Arts is guided by a board of directors who provide fiscal oversight and governance in support of the organization’s mission. The board of directors is comprised of community volunteers and representatives from Spokane Arts’ founding partners: the City of Spokane, the Spokane Public Facilities District, Visit Spokane, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership.

Brooke Kiener

Spokane Arts Board Chair Whitworth University

Carly Cortright

City of Spokane staff liaison

Karen Stratton

Spokane City Council

Dean Davis

Dean Davis Photography Spokane Arts Commission Chair

Stephanie Curran

Spokane Public Facilities District

Amy Cabe

Visit Spokane

Reid Johnson

Attorney

Greg Lipsker

Owner, Barrister Winery

Elizabeth Hooker

Downtown Spokane Partnership

Arts Commission

The Spokane Arts Commission is a 16-member, all-volunteer board that promotes and enhances the quality, accessibility and presence of arts and culture. The Arts Commission serves a dual role as an advisory board to Spokane Arts (which is a 501c3 nonprofit) while also advising the city of Spokane on arts policy. The activities of art commissioners vary widely, but include serving on public art juries alongside community members, planning the annual Arts Awards, developing new events or programs to engage the wider community in the arts, advocating for the arts at the city or state level, and much, much more.
Are you interested in becoming a Spokane Arts commissioner, volunteering for the organization, or serving on juries for public art? Email us to find out more at artshelper@spokanearts.org.

 

MADISON BUSH

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE

membership@northwestmuseum.org

DENNIS CARMAN

ARTIST

densoils@yahoo.com

ALAN CHATHAM

Laboratory

alan.chatham@gmail.com

GARRET DAGGETT

ENGIE

garret.daggett@engie.com

DEAN DAVIS

DEAN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

dean@deandavis.com

GINGER EWING

TERRAIN

ginger@terrainspokane.com

CHUCK HORGAN

BERNARDO | WILLS ARCHITECTS

chorgan@bwarch.com

E.J. IANNELLI

FREELANCE WRITER

ej.iannelli@gmail.com

KARLI INGERSOLL

THE BARTLETT

karliingersoll@gmail.com

JIM KOLVA

JIM KOLVA ASSOCIATES

jim@jimkolvaassociates.com

KATIE PATTERSON LARSON

ART SALVAGE

katie@artsalvagespokane.com

DERRICK OLIVER "D.O"

ETAILZ

derrickoliver@gmail.com

MELISSA PARKER

Spokane County United Way

Melissap838@gmail.com

CHASE OGDEN

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

cogden2@ewu.edu

ANDREW WHITVER

AS2

awhitver@gmail.com

REBEKAH WILKINS-PEPITON

CENTRAL VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

bekawp@gmail.com