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. 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 via the orange button below; information deadline for potential print promotional materials is August 30. (Events submitted after August 30 will be eligible for online promotions.)


Spokane Arts is kicking off Arts Month once again with the annual Arts Awards, on Saturday, September 28, at Lucky You Lounge. The first weekend in October is Fall Arts Tour—with gallery and studio exhibits and events throughout the city! Check back for more event details!


2018 Arts Month Cocktail Series!

Celebrate the fantastic creativity behind some of Spokane’s many great bars and restaurants with our Arts Month Cocktail Series! All through October, select local bars will be featuring a dedicated Arts Month Cocktail special and donating $1 to Spokane Arts for each Arts Month Cocktail sold! Plus: you’ll get a custom designed coaster by Vanessa Swenson. Limited quantities of coasters featuring each cocktail recipe will be available so get out and collect them all! Learn to create a whole new line-up of great fall cocktails while supporting local businesses & Spokane Arts.

Thank you to all of our participating bars and restaurants for supporting the arts in Spokane! Be sure to ask for the Arts Month Cocktail special when you visit:

Baby Bar, 827 W 1st Ave, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Greyhound

Berserk, 125 S Stevens St, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Genever Corpse Reviver #2

The Backyard Public House, 1811 W Broadway, featured Arts Month Cocktail: The Harvest Mule

Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W Main Ave, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Pablo’s Bench

Bon Bon, 926 W Garland Ave, featured Arts Month Cocktail: The Scream

Central Food, 1335 W Summit Pkwy, featured Arts Month Cocktail: The Autumn Mule

Clover, 913 E Sharp Ave, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Hugo Stiggins

Hogwash Whiskey Den, 304 W Pacific Ave, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Stone’s Throw

Remedy, 3809 S Grand Blvd, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Hendricks Lamar

Ruins, 825 N Monroe St, featured Arts Month Cocktail: The Cat’s Meow

Tiny Tiki, 307 W 2nd Ave, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Blue Hawaiian

Wandering Table, 1242 W Summit Pkwy, featured Arts Month Cocktail: Botanical Garden

Do you want your bar or restaurant to participate in this fun event next year? Email mika@spokanearts.org!

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Submit Your Arts Activities!

Artists, arts organizations, arts businesses, and creatives of all types are encouraged to submit their October events or activities through spokanearts.submittable.com. Using the information submitted, Spokane Arts will promote those events and programs to the community, encouraging people to attend and support them.

Spokane Arts will promote the events and activities in one or many of the following ways: inclusion in an online Arts Month calendar, where people can browse for events and build a personalized schedule; on the Spokane Arts social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more); in the Spokane Arts e-newsletter (over 3,000 subscribers); and more. Spokane Arts will place print and digital advertising to promote Arts Month, which will link to the calendar and may feature certain submitted events. (Spokane Arts cannot promise that every single submission will be featured in our print advertising campaign, but all relevant submissions will be promoted via the online resources listed above.) Spokane Arts will also seek earned media coverage to promote October’s arts and cultural offerings.

Submit here!    


2018 Arts Awards NominEES & Winners!

Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, 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. 

Spokane Arts held an open call for nominations between June 27, 2018 and August 31, 2018. In each of the categories, any community member could nominate an artist, volunteer, neighborhood, educator, organization, community leader, donor, business or any other entity which they felt deserves recognition.  Emerging or established, young or old, on the edge or in the center – we welcomed any nomination celebrating the wealth of participation in Spokane’s arts ecosystem.

All of the nominations were submitted by individuals in the community; none of the nominations were submitted by Spokane Arts staff or governing board members. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of the Spokane Arts Commission, and winners in each category were presented with a physical award, designed by local company Colladay Leather, at the Arts Awards event on September 29.

The intent of the Arts Awards nomination process and the event itself is to offer recognition for and celebration of artists, makers, and creatives, who often work long hours in solitude. Continuing the decades-long tradition of the Spokane Arts Awards provides a way for artists and groups to be recognized for their worthy contributions to our community.

Here’s the list of the award categories:
Leadership – positive and consistent advocacy, a role model for others in the arts, a venture culturalist, excellent stewardship of resources
Collaboration – creating and supporting partnerships, sharing resources, finding shared solutions, brings new meaning to the phrase “democratic participation”
Inclusion – enacting just and diverse community, building bridges across divides,  proactive approach to accessibility and inclusion
Imagination – an energizing and inspiring presence, jaw-dropping creativity, sky’s-the-limit approach, excellent execution of innovative ideas

The 2018 nominees, in no particular order, are:

Nicholas Sironka
Courtney Smith
Carly Haney
Daniel Lopez (2018 Award Winner)
Spartan Theatre at SFCC
Frankie Benka

Helen Parsons
Carl Richardson
Rebecca Chadwell
Anne Claire Mitchell (2018 Award Winner)

Get Lit! Programs (2018 Award Winner)

Art Seed Spokane
Suzann Girtz
One Heart Native Film Festival

Downtown Spokane Public Library 2018 Award Winner

Kit Jagoda
Denny Carman
Dean Cameron
Ashley DeMoville

2018 Karen Mobley Arts Impact Award Winner: Ben Stuckart