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From the Studio: The Hive's One-Year Anniversary

Eva Silverstone
Photo: Savanna Rothe
Eva Silverstone, Arts Education Specialist at the Spokane Public Library, visits the SPR studio

Eva Silverstone of the Spokane Public Library discusses the first year of The Hive

Eva Silverstone, Arts Education Specialist at the Spokane Public Library, stopped into the KPBX studio to reflect on the first year of The Hive's operation and talk about how the facility will continue to serve the community in the future.

The Hive is a joint venture between the Spokane Public Library and Spokane Public Schools. Billed as a "non-traditional library," it's a facility where individuals and groups can check out rooms and spaces just like checking out a book or a CD.

Four of the building's spaces are studios reserved for artists-in-residence. In 2021, The Hive hosted six artists-in-residence. This year, that number will rise to around 20. As part of their residency, artists are expected to perform community outreach in the form of free lessons and workshops.

Along with a free studio and facility tour every Wednesday, The Hive hosts free events like writing workshops, craft demos and more. Visit The Hive's website for more info and a list of upcoming events.

For those interested in learning more about The Hive from the perspective of its artists-in-residence, be sure to check out our recent interview with artists Lisa Soranaka and Mallory Battista. The pair will be using their Hive studio tenure to create a public sculpture.