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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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please contact our program manager: