Open Call for Poetry at the Podium!

Spokane Arts, in partnership with Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson and Spokane City Council, currently has an open call for Poetry at the Podium, an opportunity for poets to read their work at City Council meetings. After the Pledge of Allegiance, during Words of Inspiration, each poet will represent Spokane poets and writers by reading a single poem in front of the Council. This call will be ongoing throughout 2019 and will offer 30+ poets the opportunity to read. Interested poets are asked to submit a single poem, less than three minutes in length, for review and approval. Please email with any questions. For further information and to submit, click below.


Don + Julia Photography

From Alaska to Australia to Spokane, Don and Julia Derosier of Don + Julia Photography are going places and their photography invites you to come along. Next stop? Outer space.


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The month of April is SATURATE, a city-wide collaboration calling attention to Spokane's diverse yet under-recognized artists of color. For the entire month of April, many arts venues large and small will simultaneously feature artwork, curatorial projects, and performances led by people of color. Your participation, and every artist and venue joining in, will help deepen the conversation on race, identity, and culture in our city and beyond.  Join in the conversation and enjoy the diversity of work at every venue.

Want your arts event included as part of SATURATE? Submit event details using link in orange box below. Email questions to

Priority information deadline is March 6 (for inclusion in any potential print promotional materials); final deadline (for inclusion on our online event listings) is March 27.

Open Call: Art Project for South Gorge Loop Trail / People’s Park 

As part of the City of Spokane’s South Gorge Loop Trail project along the south bank of the Spokane River in Peaceful Valley, Spokane Arts is hosting an open call for artists to submit qualifications to create a new artwork to be installed along the trail. An artist from the Spokane region will be engaged to create a work of art for the area south of the Sandifur Bridge adjacent to the parking area and in sight of the Spokane River.  This opportunity is open to individual artists and artist teams working or living in the Inland Northwest region of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. 

The art work should be accessible and welcoming to the public; create an inviting destination for citizens, neighbors, visitors and users of the Park.  The successful project will be made of durable materials suited to an urban park location. The site is suitable for sculpture or sculptures.  This is the site of a Native American burial, was the site of encampments, and a common fishing area for tribal people from the region.  Preference will be given to artists with experience with Native American cultures, history, and tribal life.  The finalist artists will be asked to develop a design proposal with a detailed budget which will not exceed $40,000 for all related project expenses including materials, fabrication, sales tax, insurance and installation. Some in-kind support will be available for the siting and footing. 

For questions regarding this project, contact Karen Mobley,

The deadline for submission of qualifications Friday, March 22, 2019.  Applications to be submitted online to

We need your feedback! Spokane Arts is getting a new website! Since our organization’s role is to support and promote arts and culture in our region, we want this site to be both a resource and tool for local artists, as well as a way to showcase the excellent work being accomplished to the wider community. To reach these goals, the firm we're teamed up with to design the site (HKW) would like to hear more from YOU about what you think is most important, and how the website can be useful to the many audiences we serve. Please take a few minutes to share your input through the website survey (link below).

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TheaterFest is a sneak peek at the upcoming performing arts season in our city, along with family-friendly activities and special ticket deals! The one-day event will feature previews of plays, musicals, operas, dance performances, improv, and more, along with interactive workshops and demonstrations like doing vocal exercises with an opera singer or seeing a demonstration of how stage fighting works. It is free to attend and open to the public, with many family-friendly activities such as an instrument petting zoo, photos with ballerinas, opportunities to tour the theater, and more.

TheaterFest will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, August 26 from 1-4 p.m. 

TheaterFest is brought to you by multiple local theaters and performing arts groups, with support from the Downtown Spokane Partnership, Spokane Arts, and media sponsors The Spokesman-Review and KYRS. 

Look for updates & full schedule to be posted soon at:




Spokane Arts presents Meet the Makers: Season 1 | Episode 4: Dance Matters

Filmed and directed by Chase Ogden with Spokane Film Project

Stay tuned for four films a year on social media, and the Spokane Film Project’s Vimeo page.