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, Visit Spokane, 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. 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.
Skyler Oberst

Executive Director

skyler@spokanearts.org

Shelly Wynecoop

Director of Grantmaking

Shelly@SpokaneArts.org

Shelby Allison

Asphalt Art Program Manager

Shelby@SpokaneArts.org

Devonte Pearson

Operations Manager

devonte@spokanearts.org

Bethany LaVoie

Graphic Design Intern

artshelper@spokanearts.org

Karen Mobley

Public Art Consultant

karen@karenmobley.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 who join with representatives sent by each of Spokane Arts’ founding partners: the City of Spokane, the Spokane Public Facilities District, Visit Spokane, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership.

Elisabeth Hooker

Spokane Arts Board Chair Downtown Spokane Partnership

Steven MacDonald

City of Spokane Economic Development Director

Stephanie Curran

Spokane Public Facilities District

Melody Heaton

Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center

Bethany Letcher

Visit Spokane

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 501(c)(3) 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.

 

KELLY BAKER

KASPIEN

MICHAEL BETHELY

LILAC CITY LEGENDS

MADISON BUSH

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE

REMELISA CULLITAN

SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY

CHUCK HORGAN

BERNARDO | WILLS ARCHITECTS

KATIE PATTERSON LARSON

ART SALVAGE

DYLAN LE

PHOTOGRAPHER

DANIEL LOPEZ

ARTIST

CHRIS MACCINI

WRITER & EDITOR

EMMA NOYES

EMPIRE HEALTH FOUNDATION

AUDREY OVERSTREET

ARTS ADVOCATE

EVA SILVERSTONE

SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY