First Friday June 7th 2019 Spokane will have its first Queer Art Walk! Participating venues include The Chase Gallery, Downtown Spokane Library, Kolva Sullivan Gallery, Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, The Terrain Gallery, First Ave Coffee, Emerge, AS2 in the Wonder Building, Saranac Art Projects, and Dean Davis Photography. There will be spoken word, visual art, contemporary dance, DJ’s, and drag queens! Stop by the Chase Gallery for our final SATURATE reception and to hear poetry from local poet Aileen Keown Vaux; reception 4 to 7 p.m.; poetry at 6 p.m.

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 artshelper@spokanearts.org with any questions. For further information and to submit, click below.

This Sunday! Join Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson and a lively group of writers, readers, and food & drink appreciators for a pub crawl featuring poetry and prose readings at several stops along North Monroe in the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood!

Start at The Hub Tavern (2926 N Monroe) at 4 p.m.! We’ll visit Corbin Park and Hi Neighbor Tavern (2201 N Monroe) before ending at Bellwether Brewing (2019 N Monroe)!

This Lit Crawl's line-up of amazing local authors includes best selling author Jess Walter! Walter is the author of eight books, including the 2013 #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins; The Zero, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award; and Citizen Vince, winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His work has been published in 32 languages and his short fiction has won a Pushcart Prize and appeared three times in Best American Short Stories.

In addition, we'll enjoy poetry and prose from local writers including Alexis Smith (author of Glaciers and Marrow Island), Ben Cartwright, Aileen Keown Vaux, Aimee Cervenka, Dena Ogden, Zach Alexander, and members of the Spokane Poetry Slam team Nick Keaty and Carlea Baughn!

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Join us with best-selling author Jess Walter for a Lit Crawl through the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood!


Join us for the first Artist Meet Up in this new Spokane Arts series of professional development events Tuesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m, at the Terrain Gallery. Meet the folks that run the Terrain Gallery, Bazaar, and their flagship event Terrain. We'll also discuss how to price and value your work! (An important and complicated topic for artists across all disciplines.)
Future Artist Meet Ups (in venues including music & performance venues, libraries, and museums) will cover topics of interest to a wide range of artists and performers, such as exploring how place influences art, creating productive studio and practice habits, and how social media fits into artist's lives and communities. Every Artist Meet Up is open to artists at every point in their career and across disciplines. Bring a friend, come and make a friend, and join in the conversations!

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“Rooted and Soaring”

New artwork by Shani Marchant and Lea Anne Scott Lake

Sponsored by City of Spokane and Spokane Arts

Artwork on both the north and south ends of the University District Gateway Bridge was installed this week by Garco Construction as part of their finishing touches on the overall bridge project.  “Rooted and Soaring” are two iconic, polished steel structures. These works will be dedicated in a bridge ceremony planned for Tuesday, May 7 from 1-2 p.m. More details on the ceremony and associated community activities will be available soon.  

The sculptures were designed by Spokane artists Lea Anne Scott Lake and Shani Marchant during the design phase of the bridge. Shani Marchant is a Spokane painter and artist known for watercolors and oil paintings. Her artistic partner on this project, Lea Anne Scott Lake, passed away in 2015. Prior to her death, Lea Anne created numerous public art works around the U.S. 

Art selection was facilitated by Spokane Arts in cooperation with the City of Spokane in 2014.  The Art Selection Committee for the University District Gateway Bridge included members of the University District Board, WSU Riverpoint Campus Administration, the bridge engineering team, landscape architects and the Spokane Arts Commission.  

Karen Mobley, who administered the art selection process on behalf of Spokane Arts, observed that the sculptures are “abstract work based on two concepts which are the titles of the pieces. Rooted is about weight. Soaring is about movement. The character of the piece is about the materials; the shine of the steel and reflective qualities which allow the viewer to see themselves and the surroundings. The two shapes echo one another.” 

Public art in the city of Spokane is administered and maintained by Spokane Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, in coordination with the city of Spokane. In addition to the new sculptures at the University District Gateway Bridge, Spokane Arts recently partnered with the Public Facilities District to install new artwork in the lobby of the First Interstate Center for the Arts, featuring multiple hanging sculptures designed by local artist team Bill & Karma Simmons. This spring, community members will also see 25 new art wraps designed by local artists on utility and electrical boxes, as well as the installation of three new murals by Spokane Arts before the end of the year.


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).

Filmed and directed by Chase Ogden with Spokane Film Project

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