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Arts Month

Each October during national arts and humanities month, we celebrate! Join us for a full month of celebrating arts and culture in our region. 

Head over to our events page, to check out October’s many great artistic and cultural offerings.

Let us know what performances, exhibits, and other arts events you’re planning and hosting in October so we can add them to the full Arts Month listings. Submit details here.

2021 Arts Month Events

Event: Opens October 12
One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival - Love & Fury
6th Annual One Heart Native Arts and Film FestivalLOVE AND FURYOctober 12-16, 2021Featuring the critically acclaimed documentary film, LOVE AND FURY, by Sterlin Harjo. The One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is the premier Native arts and multimedia cultural festival event in the Inland Northwest. Now celebrating its 5th year of showcasing the diversity and vitality of contemporary Native artists, One Heart continues to broaden its audience through the shared community interest and education in Native arts and film in a virtual setting.
Event: Opens September 1
Bright Spot
Spokane Arts is excited to present Bright Spot online and in person at the Chase Gallery September 1 through October 29. Bright Spot showcases five artists all using familiar materials in fresh and inventive ways to explore the varied connections between everyday experiences and how we capture, remember, and communicate them. Featuring work by Mel Hewitt, Emily Hawkins, Jerry Slough, Callie McClusky, and Dana Squires, this group exhibit includes handmade art books, digital prints on glass, photography, and paintings.
Event: Opens October 1
“Spookane” at the Liberty Gallery in October!
Superstition, folklore, urban legends and things that go bump in the night are inspirations for October’s Liberty Gallery exhibit “Spookane”. The show is held in the Historic Liberty Building, opens on Friday, October 1st and includes works by Collista Krebs, Ann Contois, Andrea Parrish, Ryker Murdock, Katie Frey, Mary Pat Kanaley, Betsy Mott, Karen Sutula, Robbie Anderson, Geri Griffin and Terri Griffin. Our Halloween show also includes excerpts from Chet Caskey’s Spokane ghost story books to give visitors even more chills. Unlike the Spokane ghosts, “Spookane” will disappear on October 30th!
Event: Opens October 2
RECENT ACQUISITIONS: SELECTIONS FROM THE SAFECO ART COLLECTION Seattle-based Safeco Insurance began collecting art in the 1970s and sought to build a collection that reflected “the creativity and diversity of the communities it served.” Recognized nationally as a model for corporate collecting, the Safeco Art Collection evolved to capture a uniquely Pacific Northwest aesthetic. The MAC is proud to be entrusted with a portion of the Safeco Art Collection and to preserve its legacy. Visit the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Event: October 8
Bedtime Stories
The Bedtime Stories fundraiser has included prominent Northwest novelists like Charles Johnson, Tom Robbins, Jess Walter, Sharma Shields, Jamie Ford, David Guterson, August Wilson, and Garth Stein. The events also feature the presentation of the Humanities Washington Award. This year, spend an hour listening to Charles Johnson, Tiffany Midge, and Jess Walter read original works about coming Together Again. The event will feature a welcome poem from Poet Laureate, Rena Priest, testimonials from Prime Time Family Reading, and a fundraising opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Event: October 9
Artist Showcase Art Auction presented by Spokane Valley Arts Council
Annually since 2006, the Spokane Valley Arts Council has produced the Artist Showcase Art Auction. The event includes art, live music, and dinner for a memorable experience saturated with the exciting atmosphere of artistry. SVAC is having its 14th Annual Artist Showcase Art Auction on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place in the Spokane Valley.
Event: Opens October 22
OPEN, by Crystal Skillman, directed by Dawn Taylor Reinhardt, and starring Chelsea Duvall! OPEN is a magic act that reveals itself to be a resurrection. A woman called the Magician presents a myriad of tricks for our entertainment, yet her performance seems to be attempting the impossible—to save the life of her partner, Jenny. But is our faith in her illusions enough to rewrite the past? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and, as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate.
Event: Opens October 3
Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY: TREASURES FROM THE DRIEHAUS COLLECTIONOCT 3, 2021-FEB 13, 2022 A celebration of the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany artworks from Chicago's distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition. Exhibition organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and toured by International Art & Artists, Washington, D.C. Visit the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.