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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“Rooted and Soaring”

New artwork by Shani Marchant and Lea Anne 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 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 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.



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).

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.