Spokane arts is seeking:

  • Create Spokane Community Partners - Spokane Arts is currently coordinating the second annual Create Spokane Arts Month for October 2015.  Artists, arts organizations, arts businesses, creatives and instigators of all stripes are encouraged to submit their events or community partner listings for the month of October through www.submittable.com. All events and/or listings will be included in our promotional materials on the web and through social media, sponsored media and other earned media under the umbrella of Create Spokane. Deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2015.
  • Arts Awards 2015 Nominations - We welcome any nomination that celebrates the wealth of participation in Spokane’s arts ecosystem.  You may nominate an artist, volunteer, neighborhood, educator, organization, community leader, donor, business or any other entity which you feel deserves recognition.  Emerging or established, young or old, on the edge or in the center – If you have nominated a person or organization in the past that has not received an award, you are welcome to nominate them again. You may submit as many Arts Awards nominations as you’d like. 
  • Open Call Submissions for the Chase Gallery - Proposals can come from individual artists, groups of artists, art associations or affiliations, or curators from the Inland Northwest region of Washington, Idaho and Oregon.  The gallery has limited equipment for digital media and limited sculpture display cases.   Extremely small works and jewelry are not appropriate. All artworks are insured by the City of Spokane while on exhibit but artworks in transit must be insured by the owner or representative of the artwork. Proposals will be reviewed by the Programming (Exhibiting) Committee of the Spokane Arts Commission for the 2016 and 2017 exhibition years. Deadline for submission will be August 14th, 2015 at 5pm.
  • Spokane's Second Poet Laureate - The Spokane Arts Commission, on behalf of the greater Spokane region, seeks nominations for the position of Spokane Poet Laureate. The person selected will join the Arts Commission in promoting and supporting an appreciation of literary arts throughout the greater Spokane community.The purpose of the Poet Laureate will be to articulate what it’s like to be a part of Spokane, to reflect our people and the essence of life in the greater Spokane region. The person selected will help us come together as a community to express ourselves and share our vitality and unique qualities with the world outside Eastern Washington. Nominations to be accepted July 6th through August 20th, 2015.

 

All nominations and submissions should be processed through: https://spokanearts.submittable.com/submit

 

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FRESH SOUL

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/x72S2gCl1po

Spokane Arts, Bernardo Wills Architecture, Eastside Reunion, Gonzaga University and Numerica team up to bring new life to an old building in the East Central Neighborhood!

Fresh Soul is the creation of Michael Brown, Founder and President of Spokane Eastside Reunion Association (SERA) and Sheldon Jackson of Selkirk Realty, the Fresh Soul Project Coordinator.  “Fresh Soul is going to be much more than a restaurant,” Brown explained. “We want to motivate and teach our kids skills that will inspire them to continue their education, and provide a platform for success and to find their passion.”  The building will soon house a food service education facility for young people looking to build skills in the service industry with a fully-functioning café, including outdoor seating. 

In the early spring of 2015, Mike Wallace with Bernardo Will Architects paid a visit to the Spokane Arts offices. He and a fellow colleague were inspired by a presentation given by Laura Guido-Clark, the Executive Director of Project Color Corps  at a conference they had recently attended. They immediately thought there was a need to apply a similar ethos to the Fresh Soul project they were working on back in Spokane. Mike initiated a conversation with Spokane Arts about the potential of the project and the conversation of how to incorporate a mural into the plans. 

Around the same time, Shalon Parker, an art history professor at Gonzaga University, visited Spokane Arts to get some guidance on a course she would be teaching in the fall of 2015 called Art, Race, and Public Space: The Mural in America. Initially she had approached Spokane Arts wanting help enlisting local mural artists to come speak to her class. That conversation was the catalyst for imagining how to realize the project with Bernardo Will Architects. Spokane Arts Executive Director Laura Becker thought, “Hey, you’re teaching a class on murals with students who are wanting to learn about the art of mural making. What better way to learn than to do?” Becker’s vision was to have those students work with a lead artist, commissioned by Spokane Arts. The new Program Manager, Ellen Picken (a muralist) was tasked with creating a design that spoke to the vibrant community and could be painted by volunteers in one weekend. She asked Brown to invite the community members to help paint, never imagining there would be more people than paint brushes. 

Painting the mural brightened a once run-down building, bringing light to the corner of Fifth & Fiske. More importantly, neighbors and students know they created that space together and made new friends in the process.

Dance of the Redband - Ken Spiering sculpture

This summer, the Division triangle underwent a $500,000 improvement, with new trees, more landscaping, sidewalks and a new piece of artwork called “Dance of the Redband” by Ken Spiering, a local artist with many well-known sculptures around town. The beautification project is part of a larger effort to remake Division Street as a more pleasant thoroughfare, beginning with the on- and offramps for Interstate 90. (From the Spokesman Review.)

Link to the Spokesman article: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/10/division-traffic-triangle-to-get-500000-makeover/