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The Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of creatives, arts and cultural organizations, and local individuals committed to enriching our community through the arts. The four awards categories reflect the values of Spokane Arts: Leadership, Collaboration, Imagination and Inclusion. In each category, nominated artists, volunteers, neighborhoods, educators, organizations, community leaders, or donors are selected by a panel of Arts Commissioners and community arts representatives from the pool of community-nominated candidates. Emerging or established, young or old, on the edge or in the center – Spokane Arts strives to celebrate and recognize the wealth of participation in Spokane’s creative ecosystem.

Although we have cancelled the full in-person Arts Awards event this year, you can learn more about all of the nominees in these videos created by Rogue Heart Studio!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 SPOKANE ARTS AWARDS NOMINEES!

Congratulations to Don Hamilton of Hamilton Studios, the 2021 recipient of the Karen Mobley Impact Award! From stage, to photography, to film, Don’s creative background and passion for the arts has imbued his decades of work in the Spokane community with nothing less than love. His generosity has supported area organizations and creatives for years and his impact on the local community is impossible to measure. Here are just a few of the many voices joining us in thanking Don for his decades of work!
“His creativity and commitment are stamped firmly on Spokane’s arts community.” – Annie Matlow
“Don Hamilton has always been focused on being an artist first and facilitating environments for other artists. The artistic impulse is always his driving force, before any other considerations. That makes him a thrilling and inspiring person to work with and for.” – Michael Weaver
“Don Hamilton is amazing and supports organizations big and small at no cost or very little. Don is a community treasure.” – Ben Stuckart
“Don’s studio has always had an open-door policy to young and upcoming filmmakers of the community, sharing his knowledge and resources for locally created projects. He has always been a believer that by supporting these young filmmakers he is planting seeds for the growth of the professional video industry in Spokane.” – Juan Mas
“He has just always been so generous with his resources, time, and talent to help uplift other artists. In both theater and film, I’ve experienced his generosity firsthand. He is truly a gift to our community and worthy of this award.” -Rebecca Cook

Congratulations to the 2021 Arts Awards Leadership nominees!

This inspiring group has led the way in forging new paths to keep the arts thriving through the challenges of the past year! Spokane Arts is excited to honor these community-nominated artists, organizations, and arts advocates. Learn more about each nominee in this beautiful video from Rogue Heart Media.

Although the Arts Awards event has been cancelled this year, we couldn’t be more impressed with these nominees and appreciative of all the ways they contribute to the arts in our region. Learn more about the nominees and the Arts Awards on our website – and watch for the announcement of the award winners this Saturday, September 18!

Congratulations to the 2021 Arts Awards Inclusion nominees!

This amazing group has created new and exciting opportunities for connection and made spaces for often unheard voices to be heard. Spokane Arts is excited to honor these community-nominated artists, organizations, and arts advocates. Learn more about each nominee in this beautiful video from Rogue Heart Media.

Watch for the rest of the nominee videos in all four categories over the next few days!

Congratulations to the 2021 Arts Awards Imagination nominees!

This creative group has kept us captivated with their big ideas and beautiful work! Spokane Arts is excited to honor these community-nominated artists, organizations, and arts advocates. Learn more about each nominee in this beautiful video from Rogue Heart Media.

 

Congratulations to the 2021 Arts Awards Collaboration nominees!

This brilliant group has not only filled the past year with creative work but shown us new ways to connect in our community! Spokane Arts is excited to honor these community-nominated artists, organizations, and arts advocates.

THANK YOU for celebrating with us online for the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards!!! If you missed the livestream (or just want to re-watch!) the full broadcast is now available to watch free on our YouTube channel here!

Every year, Spokane arts patrons have the opportunity to help us keep this event accessible and inclusive by purchasing a Sponsor an Artist ticket! By purchasing an artist tickets you can allow an artist to attend the celebration for free. Email Mika if you have questions about this opportunity. Don’t miss this annual celebration of arts, culture, and creativity in our community!

Nominees & Winners

2020 Awards

Winners of the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards were announced at the annual event on Saturday, September 26, which was held as a live-streamed broadcast from Lucky You Lounge. The Arts Awards serve as the kick-off for Arts Month, the month-long celebration of arts and culture in Spokane to coincide with national arts and humanities month in October. View the full broadcast for free on the Spokane Arts YouTube here!

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2019 Awards

On September 28, 2019, Spokane Arts celebrated the arts community in Spokane by honoring nominees with awards in Leadership, Inclusion, Imagination, and Collaboration. The event was hosted at Lucky You Lounge. Click through to view our 2018 nominees and winners.

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2018 Awards

On September 29, 2018, Spokane Arts celebrated the arts community in Spokane by honoring nominees with awards in Leadership, Inclusion, Imagination, and Collaboration. The event was hosted by the Montvale Event Center. Click through to view our 2018 nominees and winners.

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2017 Awards

On November 4, 2017, Spokane Arts celebrated the arts community in Spokane by honoring nominees with awards in Leadership, Inclusion, Imagination, and Collaboration. The event was hosted in the McGinnity Room of the Spokane Club. Click through to experience the event.

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