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Interview with Sindhu Surapaneni

Sindhu Surapaneni
Photo: Savanna Rothe
Sindhu Surapaneni of Imaginations 2 Creation outside the SPR studio

Young artist Sindhu Surapaneni chats about SAGA-funded "Everyone Is Loved Here"

Sindhu Surapaneni, who creates art under the moniker Imaginations 2 Creation, met up with E.J. Iannelli in the SPR studio to talk about her work "Everyone Is Loved Here."

The acrylic painting depicts the earth in the shape of a heart, which itself contains a diverse group of small silhouettes. These smaller silhouettes make up one larger silhouette of a face.

The 13-year-old artist from Liberty Lake recently received a Spokane Arts Grant Award (SAGA) to install customized canvas prints of "Everyone Is Loved Here" in a small number of public schools in her hometown and in Spokane.

"I decided to create this artwork," she says, "so that whoever comes across it feels that they are loved, valued and accepted no matter what."

Surapaneni is also scheduled to give a TED talk on her experience as young artists at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane on Saturday, October 8, 2022.

SAGA is an annual competitive grant process administered by Spokane Arts. It’s on track this year to allocate nearly $150,000 in financial support directly to artists and organizations.