Spokane Arts

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The governor’s announcement that Spokane County will stay in Phase 3 brought sighs of relief to some venues and artists. But many in the arts say it will do little to help the arts.

Most performing art groups have been completely shut down for the entirety of the pandemic, and have been holding out for Phase 4 of the governor’s re-opening plan. That, however, seems farther away than ever as the state rides a fourth wave of coronavirus cases.

So, for now, they're making due.

Today, we continue to celebrate winners of the most recent SpokaneArts grants as Chris Maccini talks with Garfield Elementary School teacher, Samuel Rasmussen. Verne Windham presents reflections by Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook on his Poetry in the Neighborhood project. I’ll talk with Gonzaga University’s Matt McCormick about this Friday’s Student Film Festival, and we’ll have music from out studio, courtesy of pianist Melody Puller.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we celebrate winners of the most recent SpokaneArts grants as Chris Maccini talks with Ponies in the Park team Mary Carpenter and, Mary Pat Kanaley, and Verne Windham’s guests are Jennifer O’Bannon and Phillip Baldwin from the SYS. Nathan Weinbender offers his insights on an Oscar-nominated film, and we have music from EWU students recorded in our studio.

This week’s NWAR features two hopeful conversations about regional music as we check in with SSO MD James Lowe and Music Conservatory of CDA Executive Director Julienne Dance. Also, Chris Maccini continues his series of talks with the latest Spokane Arts Award grantees, this time welcoming writer and illustrator, Chelsea Martin. And the Clarion Brass provide some sonic seasonal cheer.

This week’s Northwest Arts Review celebrates the latest round of grants from Spokane Arts as Chris Maccini talks with one of the recipients, artist, writer and yoga instructor Donell Barlow. Also, Jim Tevenan introduces emerging artist Tayler Jakeway, and Dan Webster has a movie review for us. We’ll also have music from two of our favorite pianists, Archie Chen and Rhona GouldsonChen.

This week, we focus on visual arts, catching up on the health of the local art scene with Spokane Arts Executive Director Melissa Huggins and previewing another innovative Art on the Go event happening this weekend with organizer Morgan Walters. Dan Webster checks in with a film review and we enjoy a bit of poetry, courtesy of frequent SPR guest, Mike Aleman. Our music is from a visit by the Pan Pacific wind ensemble last January.

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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. 

 

A new mural is being painted this summer on the 100 North block alley between Howard and Wall streets in downtown Spokane. Jiemei Lin is a Pullman, Washington-based artist and graphic designer, originally from China. Her new mural consists of two panels, each showing a child diving into a swimming pool. One scene takes place at night and the other during a bright summer day. The design is meant to celebrate global connections.

Katie Patterson Larson

It’s graduation time for Spokane area schools. But with in person events such as graduation ceremonies and prom cancelled, the community is finding new ways to celebrate this year.

Spokane Arts has established a fund for Spokane artists who may have lost their primary source of income due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information on how to donate to the fund or apply for support can be found here: spokanearts.kindful.com/artistrelief

Keelin Elizabeth Photography


  Many high schoolers compete in sports, and others square off in debate or knowledge bowl. But each year, the Downtown Spokane Public Library and Spokane Arts host a more unusual competition for high school students.


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.

Chris Maccini

 


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.

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.

Dean Davis

Spokane Arts announced earlier this month that Spokane’s next Poet Laureate will be Chris Cook. Cook and outgoing Poet Laureate, Mark Anderson, talk with SPR's Chris Maccini.

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. 

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. 

Spokane Arts presents the first-ever Spokane Theater-fest which offers a free preview of 2018 - 2019 shows. 

Melissa Huggins, Executive Director of Spokane Arts, speaks with Verne today abotu the upcoming shows and activities that will be featured at this year's event. 

More information is available at Spokane Theater Fest website

Michael Holloman, professor of Native American Art History at WSU and Anne-Claire Mitchell of the Artists Trust stopped by the studio today to talk with Verne about the art exhibit they co-curated featuring works from contemporary Native American artists of the Columbia Plateau. "Reservation X: Three Plateau Artists" opens February 3 at the Richmond Gallery. It is part of Saturate, a city-wide cultural events coordinated by Spokane Arts. 

In a cultural double-header today, Verne spoke in the second hour with Laura Becker, executive director of Spokane Arts.  The subject today: Create Spokane - Spokane Arts Month.  As stated on their webpage, Spokane Arts Month is "a month-long celebration of local arts and culture across creative industries and arts disciplines.