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2024 Arts Awards Nominations

Spokane Arts is excited to host the annual Arts Awards—a celebration of the arts community in Spokane! Join us on Saturday, September 21, 2024 at Hamilton Studio (1427 W Dean Ave) for live music, performances, poetry, plus the presentation of the Arts Awards!

The Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of creatives, arts and cultural organizations, and local individuals committed to enriching our community through the arts. Now celebrating SIX categories, these awards reflect the values of Spokane Arts: Leadership, Collaboration, Imagination, Inclusion, Youth Arts Leadership, and Arts Advocacy. 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.

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Questions about the Arts Awards event? Email devonte@spokanearts.org 
2024 Arts Awards and Arts Month designs by Vanessa Swenson


2023 Nomination Categories (two more coming soon)!



Leadership Award – Leadership in our arts community can be demonstrated in many ways, including through positive and consistent advocacy, being a role model for others in the arts, a venture culturalist, or an excellent stewardship of resources.

Inclusion Award – Inclusion in our arts community can involve enacting just and diverse community, building bridges across divides, creating proactive approaches to accessibility and inclusion.

Collaboration Award – Collaboration in our arts community can include creating and supporting partnerships, sharing resources, finding shared solutions, or bringing new meaning to the phrase “democratic participation”.

Imagination Award – Imagination in our arts community can be shown through an energizing and inspiring presence, jaw-dropping creativity, a sky’s-the-limit approach, and excellent execution of innovative ideas.


2022 Awards

On September 24, 2022, 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. Congratulations to all of the 2022 winners and nominees!

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2021 Awards

Winners of the 2021 Spokane Arts Awards were announced publicly though the Arts Awards event was cancelled due to covid-19. Nominees gathered for a happy hour networking event at the Lucky You Lounge instead. The Arts Awards announcement kicked off Arts Month, the month-long celebration of arts and culture in Spokane coinciding with national arts and humanities month in October. Congratulations to all of the 2021 winners and nominees!

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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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