2017 SAGA Grantees, Round 1

In the first round of the 2017 Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA), eight proposals were awarded funding from a pool of seventy-four applications. The grant winners will receive funding to support projects and programs that will take place in the Spokane region over the next year. Twenty-five thousand dollars total was awarded, spread between the eight grant winners through a competitive process.

The first round of SAGA funding will support a wide range of artistic endeavors. One grant will support live music at ArtFest 2017, allowing for sixteen new performing artists to participate. Another grant will pay for the publication of an anthology celebrating the nationally-recognized Spokane Poetry Slam. SAGA funding will help improve the production quality for GlitterCouch, a fun, wacky and totally unique way of interviewing local artists. Millwood Print Works will use their grant to procure equipment necessary to offer classes in letterpress and screenprinting.

Terrain Program’s Window Dressing will use SAGA funding to help sustain their operation of the ArtScapes initiative, which fills empty storefront windows with vibrant, colorful installations by local artists. Local musician Scott Ryan will hold a series of songwriting workshops, which will build on existing skills and push songwriters to experiment with new methods, providing support to the burgeoning local music scene.

Kathryn Smith, a local poet, was awarded funding for a book-length project called “The Chosen Companions of the Goblin,” inspired by three sisters in mid-1800s New York who claimed to communicate with the dead. As part of her proposal, she will compose and teach workshops both for adults and teens. In the summer of 2017, Spokane Tribe artist Shawn Brigman will create traditional sturgeon nose canoe and paddles, which will be presented, displayed, and paddled on the Spokane River, as well as used in cultural educational offerings that will benefit both students and community members.

Stay tuned for more details about the artists, arts organizations, and projects awarded in the first round!