SAGA Award

Spokane Arts

The latest round of Spokane Arts Grant Award recipients was announced Friday. The list of 12 awardees includes both organizations and individual artists—many of whom are looking to recoup lost revenue in an industry hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Misty and Hope Shipman-Ellingburg are indigenous writers and producers from Spokane. Enrolled members of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, they began writing and producing for film in 2015. Through the last four years, they have honed their skills, co-writing and producing two short films, BLOODHOUND and PIXEL. Their SAGA award will support production of their new film, TIGER LILY IS MY LITTLE SISTER, which wants to answer the question: “What does a modern Salish story look like?” as they address themes surrounding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.


Brian Deemy from Spokane Tintype Studio has recieved a Spokane Arts Grant Award, which will allow him to offer classes here in spokane where students and subjects will be able to step through a time capsule, sit in front of a 115 year old camera, and see their image reflected in a process dating back to the Civil War.

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For nearly ten years, Spokane Youth Ballet (SYB) has provided performance opportunities to dance students in the Spokane area by producing professional-level ballets starring local dancers. With SAGA support, SYB will be expanding its mission of promoting the art of dance by taking ballet into local schools.

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Last month, Spokane Arts announced the most recent winners of the Spokane Arts Grant Award. SAGA Awards, as they’re called, give individuals or organizations up to $10,000 to fund a project or cover operations costs. One of this round’s recipients is the Spokane Youth Ballet, led by artistic director Naomi Hanvey.

Beginning Monday, January 13, 2020 and showing monthly through Monday, June 8, The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture -hosts a series of award-winning independent documentary films at the Magic Lantern in downtown Spokane. All films begin at 7PM and are followed by a discussion or panel with the audience and special guests. Tickets are $8.

With support from SAGA, Scablands Books will publish a graphic novel, Baby Speaks Salish, by local writer Emma Noyes. Proceeds will go to the Salish School of Spokane, which is dedicated to keeping the interior Salish languages alive in the face of ongoing colonialism.

Writers in the Community (WITC) is a not-for-profit internship project that sends MFA students from Eastern Washington University to volunteer as creative writing teachers in placements as varied as hospitals, correctional facilities, halfway houses, community non-profits, as well as public, private, or alternative schools, and other locations throughout the Spokane area.

Their Spokane Arts Grant Award will fund a creative writing contest for high school students. For more information about Writers in the Community and the creative writing contest, email witc@ewu.edu.

Nicholas Decaro is an artist, student at Whitworth University, and founder of Apostrophe Spokane Art Collective which exhibits LGBTQ+ students, students of color, and women artists from six local universities. Apostrophe Spokane is the recipient of a Spokane Arts Grant Award for their upcoming second annual exhibit of curated student artwork. 

The exhibition will run from April 3 to 12, 2020 with work by student artists from Whitworth University, Spokane Falls Community College, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, North Idaho College, and Washington State University. More information about Apostrophe Spokane can be found on their Facebook page

Ellen Picken and Rajah Bose started Factory Town to combine their interests in visual art and storytelling. With SAGA support, Factory Town will be creating six kinetic sculptures which transform the familiar handheld “Jacob’s Ladder” toy into an over-sized interactive experience on impermanence. The goals are to offer an interesting perspective on the state of affairs in our world today and remind people that change is inevitable and within our control. 

Another goal is to create a work that has rarely been experienced by our Spokane audience, at least in Spokane. We are offering an installation that the audience makes come alive, that they are not only allowed to touch, but encouraged to. 

For many people, a Jacob's Ladder is a familiar children's toy, but for two Spokane artists, it has become the center of a new interactive exhibit. Spokane Public Radio’s Chris Maccini reports.

 

Jacob's ladders are children's toys which consist of wooden blocks held together by interlaced ribbons. Spokane-based artists Ellen Picken and Rajah Bose are reimaging this classic toy on a grand scale.

 

Hannah Pomante, Katie Smith, and Melissa Jones, all 2019 graduates from Whitworth arts programs,  are collaborating to create "Bird Nest Installation: A Moveable and Interactive Public Arts Project." The project recently was awarded a SAGA Grant from Spokane Arts.

Charlie Pepiton is the Producing Artistic Director of Square Top Theatre and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at Gonzaga University. Square Top Theatre is the recipient of a Spokane Arts Grant Award (SAGA) for their upcoming production, Scent of a Thousand Rains.