Spokane Art Sites Guide

Art Sites Guide

Are you looking for art galleries and exhibits? The Art Sites Guide is the perfect tool for finding galleries, museums, public art and many other sites in the spokane area.

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Spokane Sculpture Walk

Sculpture Walk

A wonderful walking tour around downtown Spokane that guides you through Spokane's exceptional sculptures and other public art pieces.

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Spokane Performing Arts Guide

Performing Arts Guide

Your guide to all things dance, theater, music, literature, kids, events, promoters and venues.

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Spokane Regional Visitors Guide

Visitors Guide

Click here to request a Visitors Packet with our Official Spokane Visitors Guide by filling out this online form.

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Spokane in Season Magazine

Fall Magazine

For seasonal events, the latest outdoor adventures, shopping, food and drink, be sure to check out our Fall Magazine.

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Most current events and activities are reflected in the events calendar and artist opportunities.

Spokane Arts announces new Executive Director

Spokane Arts is delighted to announce the hire of a new Executive Director, Laura Becker.laura becker bio pic

Most recently, Laura managed 1% for Art projects for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Office of Arts & Culture, serving as a consulting artist, designer and project manager. Laura has been a champion for arts and culture over the last decade, balancing leadership roles in both public arts administration and non-profit management.

"Laura brings a wealth of knowledge, strong leadership skills and a deep passion for the arts," said Brooke Kiener, Spokane Arts Board Chair. "We know she will help us amplify Spokane as the arts and culture hub of the Inland Northwest."

Managing arts programs and events in the Seattle area since 2001, Laura has a vast amount of experience in community engagement and arts participation. Originally from Spokane, Laura is a practicing artist, independent curator and producer of arts events.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to return to Spokane and continue the work of defining the region as a cultural destination with a strong identity around the arts," said Laura. "Spokane has an incredible creative capacity and a very supportive and tight-knit arts community. I want to focus on cultivating Spokane talent while providing new and bold arts experiences for locals and visitors alike."


Call for Spokane Arts Commissioners

Apply by Nov. 26, 2014

Spokane Arts Commission is currently accepting applications to fill 6 vacancies beginning in Jan. 2015. To apply please fill out the application below and return it to the Mayor's Office no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

The Spokane Arts Commission is an integral part of Spokane created in 1976 to promote and enhance the presence of the arts in Spokane. In 2014, the Spokane Arts Commission in partnership with the Spokane Arts Fund initiated programs such as Create Spokane Arts Month, Cultivate Spokane Salons, and Downtown Murals Project. As Spokane Arts journey into 2015, we need commissioners who will provide strong leadership and advocacy to continue to amplify and enrich the arts in Spokane.

Arts Commissioner's responsibilities consist of a 3 year term and attendance to commission meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In addition, each commissioner has the opportunity to sit on committees designated for specific projects.

For more information, visit https://beta.spokanecity.org/bcc/commissions/arts-commission/ or contact Interim Executive Director Luke Baumgarten at luke@spokanearts.org or (509) 321-9614.

Spokane Arts works to amplify Spokane as the cultural hub and catalyst for the Inland Northwest through arts leadership, advocacy, networking and support. Spokane Arts is a partnership between the Spokane's Arts Commission and the Spokane Arts Fund - the private, non-profit arts agency created in 2013. Online at www.spokanearts.org.


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All Media Juried Exhibition

Entry deadline: January 16th, 2015

Exhibiting at the Chase Gallery

July 1st -September 29th, 2015

Spokane Arts announces an open call to all visual artists in our region for a juried group exhibition at the Chase Gallery in Spokane, Washington. Eligibility is regional including Northern Idaho, Eastern Washington and Western Montana. Submissions will be juried by Ryan Hardesty, Curator of Art and Exhibitions at Washington State University Museum of Art. Entries of artwork in all media will be considered within the specified guidelines. It will be held in the Chase Gallery from July 1st - September 29th, 2015.

The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. An artist reception will be held on Friday, August 7th, 2015, 5 p.m-9 p.m in conjunction with First Friday. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All entries must be made online through Café, www.callforentry.org. Up to three images may be submitted according Spokane Arts guidelines of acceptable artwork and the Café specifications for digital formatting of images.

Please view the call posting on Café for full details and requirements.

For additional information on the exhibition
please contact our program manager:

Austin Stiegemeier


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 Communities in Schools is looking for artists to facilitate their "My City Murals" project at 5 area schools and 3 Boys and Girls clubs targeting "At Risk" youth in the community. Facilitators will run a 4 lesson program culminating in a family night/art show during after school hours. Facilitators will also be asked to fabricate a 8"x8" mural with composition drawn from youth projects. Stipend and Materials cost provided. Accepted applicants may be asked to facilitate multiple program cycles beginning in January and taking placing throughout the Winter and Spring.

Please review program plan and job description and contact John deRoulet with questions or application.




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As the next stage in the positive direction of Spokane Arts, the agency's Board of Directors has announced its search for a new Executive Director. The agency will conduct a national search for the next Executive Director; applications are being accepted until October 13, 2014. The position description is posted at www.spokanearts.org


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Spokane Arts is seeking volunteer individual artists or artist teams to submit murals proposals for The Mobile Murals Program's temporary art fences surrounding the vacant lot at 3rd Avenue and Division Street in Spokane, WA. The goal of the project is to create a pleasing visual barrier, and to provide opportunity for local creative expression in the form of large-scale murals.


Proposal Deadline: August 25, 2014
Selection: August 29, 2014
Installation: October 4, 2014

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Through a grant from the ArtsWA, and in partnership with Greater Spokane Incorporated and The City of Spokane, Spokane Arts recently embarked on a study to measure Spokane County's Creative Vitality. Research shows that we have a strong and growing creative sector in Spokane,and that there is a need to increase public participation and investment in the arts to cultivate a stronger overal creative vitality in our region. You can find more information in the following documents:


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October 2014 is CREATE SPOKANE: a month-long celebration of local arts and culture across creative industries and arts disciplines. Calls are now open at www.createspokane.com for arts month activities, studio tours and awards nominations.

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Call for Submissions: Kids age 6-10

S.U.M.A.C. (Spokane Urban Mural Painters Collaboration)



Submission deadline: June 30th 2014  

Attention Parents!! Call for submissions: Kids ages 6-10. Near Nature-Near Perfect

The SUMAC project, a team of five local Spokane Artists, will be painting murals under the Howard St. underpass (between 1st and 2nd st.) in late July- early August.

We would like to invite young artists from Spokane Ages 6-10 to create art depicting what "Near Nature- Near Perfect" means to them. The artwork will be exhibited at Ink Art Space and in an online gallery after the completion of the mural. The SUMAC team will reinterpret the submitted drawings as inspiration for the painting at Howard St. underpass. SUMAC is excited to create a mural that celebrates the style and ideas of Spokane's next generation.

Please include the child's first name and last initial, age and a parents email address (for notification of exhibition details).


Drawings should be mailed to:

Ink Art Space

228 W. Sprague

Suite A.

Spokane, WA 99201


Need more info?: teamsumac@gmail.com or facebook.com/thesumacproject

Cultivate Spokane Salon Series

Join us on Tuesday June 17th at the Iron Goat Brewerey from 6- 7:30 pm for the Cultivate Spokane Salon Series, an informal monthly event where people active in Spokane's arts, culture and creative industries meet up to share, learn and connect.

As an extra bonus, every month we present a short, TED Talk-style presentation about ideas, skills, and innovations directly affecting your work. This month Spokane Arts Executive Director Shannon Halberstadt will present a State of the Arts Quiz Show (WITH PRIZES) featuring brand new data about Spokane's creative economy. People working in arts and creative industries can arm themselves with this new knowledge, and make numbers-based decisions about how to grow their audiences.

Cultivate Spokane Salon Series events are held monthly at roving locations around Spokane. This month we're gathering at The Iron Goat Brewery at 2204 East Mallon Ave at 6pm, and the presentation will begin at 7pm.

Join us in the converging world of creative industries and arts across disciplines! This event is all-ages, free and open to the public.


Create Spokane Arts Month Logo Contest

Deadline May 31, 2014 at 5pm

We Need You! Spokane Arts is offering a logo contest in preparation for our first annual Arts Month, a month long celebration of the diversity of arts and culture in Spokane. The contest is open to all individuals, with special preference toward emerging designers and artists. All entries submitted will be reviewed by a selection committee, with the winning selection being awarded $200 and will be used as the new logo representing Spokane Arts Month in the future.

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Questions? Contact Shannon at 509.321.9614 or info@spokanearts.org

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Spokane Arts announces Downtown Spokane Mural Project nominees!

This June painting will commence in Downtown Spokane in four locations beneath the railroad underpasses. Mural projects were awarded to one individual muralist and three mural painting teams on Friday May, 2nd 2014. Each muralist will receive a stipend for his or her work and all painting costs are covered. Recipients are as follows:


Todd BensonTodd Benson

Maple Street Underpass                                                                     



Erin Mielcarek (left)

and Ellen Picken (right)

Wall Street Underpass




Eric-Alain Parker (left)

and Lisa Soranaka (right)                               

Browne St. underpass




S.U.M.A.C (Spokane Urban Mural Artist Collaboration)              

Tiffany Patterson, Jason Corcoran

Jesse Pierpoint, Zach Grassi, Nory Baker

Howard St. underpass

Thanks to all who applied, the submissions were amazing!

A big congratulations to the mural artists who were selected to paint this summer!

Cultivate Spokane Salon Series

Join us on Tuesday May 20th from 6- 7:30 pm for the Cultivate Spokane Salon Series, an informal monthly event where people active in Spokane's arts, culture and creative industries meet up to share, learn and connect.This month's topic is Visual Thinking Strategies presented by Heidi Arbogast.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors: thinking skills that become habitual and transfer from lesson to lesson, oral and written language literacy, visual literacy, and collaborative interactions among peers.

Heidi is the Curator for Visual Literacy at the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture in Spokane. Her focus there is to manage the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) School Partnership Program with local Spokane Public Schools. She also works to train area educators in VTS. Heidi holds an M.A. in Visual and Performing Arts from NYU and a B.A. in Literature from Evergreen State College.

Cultivate Spokane Salon Series events are held monthly at roving locations around Spokane. This month we're gathering at the Bartlett at 6pm, and the presentation will begin at 7pm.

Join us in the converging world of creative industries and arts across disciplines! This event is all-ages, free and open to the public.

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Artist Opportunity
Request for Qualifications

20th Anniversary Art Project
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Spokane WA

Qualifications are requested from artists or artist teams for a project at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Spokane Public Facilities District (PFD) and the Spokane Arts Fund will commission an artist or artist team to create a new interior entry art work for the Arena. The project is intended to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Arena and to be revealed at a special event that will occur on or about Sept 15, 2015.

This is a request for qualifications only. Specific proposals are not being requested this time.  The deadline for receive qualifications is 10 AM July 17, 2014. All submissions will be received through www.callforentry.org.

This project is particularly suitable for painters, photographers and those who work with relief sculpture or mobiles. While sculpture can be part of the portfolio the work will be installed on wall surfaces or hung.

The estimated budget is $45,000 including design, materials, engineering, sales tax and all applicable expenses. 

A pre-proposal workshop will be held at the Arena main NE entrance on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. If arriving by car, park in Arena parking lot B near the main entrance.

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Spokane's First Poet Laureate

Whitworth Lecturer Dr. Thom Caraway Appointed to Exciting New Role.

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Spokane Arts Fund Announces New Executive Director

Shannon RoachThe Spokane Arts Fund is proud to announce the appointment of the new Executive Director, Shannon Roach. Roach was appointed on July 23 after a unanimous vote of the board of the Spokane Arts Fund. Roach will begin work at the Spokane Arts Fund on October 1.

Board Chair, Brooke Kiener, stated, "We are proud to have a professional with Shannon's experience excited to come to Spokane and lead the Spokane Arts Fund. We look forward to the support of the Spokane community as the Spokane Arts Fund grows and thrives under Shannon's leadership."

Roach said about this opportunity, "This is an exciting time for art in Spokane, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my arts leadership experience to this region. I've seen firsthand how arts can foster the creative cultures that bolster economies and build regional identity. I'm honored to lead Spokane Arts Fund's efforts to build, network and support arts assets in our region, ultimately contributing to a bright future for Spokane."

Roach brings over two decades of arts leadership experience to Spokane. She has served as Executive Director of the Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs) since 2011. Prior to her work at The Recording Academy, Roach served as the Managing Director of the Vera Project in Seattle, WA and as the Program Coordinator for the Old Fire House in Redmond, WA. She has served as a Mayoral Appointee to the Seattle Center Advisory Committee, the Curriculum Committee for Leadership Tomorrow in King County and as a member of the Seattle Music Commission.

Spokane Arts Fund, a 501c3 organization, works to support and promote Spokane as a cultural hub and to strengthen the arts in all disciplines in our community.


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