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 Arts Commission and the Spokane Arts Fund - the private, non-profit arts agency created in 2013. Find more information at www.spokanearts.org.
Ends on February 19, 2017


A Collaboration of Spark Central, Spokane Arts, and Laboratory

Submit a true, first-hand experience about the West Central neighborhood and be part of this creative, interactive storytelling project. Anonymous submissions encouraged. Thirty stories will be performed and recorded by actors and made available for public listening on one of three Dial-A-Story phone booths installed throughout West Central in May 2017. Actors will also perform the short memoirs publicly at Spark Central that same month.

Submit via Spark-Central.org or SpokaneArts.org.

Ends on January 8, 2017

Now is the time to prepare for the February Arts Tour —Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, & Sunday 5th, 2017.

The Tour is from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday.

SATURATE is a city-wide collaboration calling attention to Spokane's diverse yet under-recognized artists. For the Visual Arts Tour in February arts venues large and small will simultaneously feature artwork, curatorial projects, and performances by Artists of Color. Your participation, and every artist and venue joining in, will help deepen the conversation on race, identity, and culture in our city and beyond. (Not a prerequisite to participate in the Arts Tour. But encouraged!)

We invite participation from all local galleries in any Spokane neighborhood —non-profit and for-profit—and we encourage open studios, alternative spaces and business participation in the Visual Arts Tour. If you need work to show or have work to show, Spokane Arts can help you connect with an artist or location.  Please call Spokane Arts (509) 321-9614 or email ellen@spokanearts.org.

Deadline for information: Monday, January 30th, 2017. 


Ends on December 16, 2016
Please submit poems about particular places in Spokane, WA about which you have a personal memory that you would like to share.

Excerpts from these poems may be selected for inclusion in a public art project that will appear on city sidewalks and the public right-of-way in 2017. If you are selected for this project, you will be notifed in advance.

By submitting your poems, you agree to the usage of the content for the I Am A Town project, including on the Spokane Arts website and in the public right-of-way.

These poems may also be considered for publication in a book published by the Spark Center.
Ends on February 28, 2017

Call to artists: 

Signal Box Design Contest 2017

A program of Spokane Arts

In partnership with City of Spokane 

Sponsored by Wheatland Bank


Submission Deadline


Sunday, February 5th at 11:59 pm



City of Spokane in partnership with Spokane Arts is seeking designs to cover traffic signal boxes on Wall Street in downtown Spokane.  Selected artist designs will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around the signal boxes by a third party design fabricator. The intent of the project is to beautify the electrical boxes, bringing art to otherwise utilitarian surfaces. Two artists will be chosen.

Selected artists will be awarded $100 for the small box, and $200 for the group of boxes. 


To submit a design you must live in the Inland Northwest region, including Eastern Washington, North Idaho, or Eastern Oregon. 
Submitted designs must be original works of the artist and in compliance with all existing copyright laws. Because of the public nature, artwork may not contain advertising, religious art, sexual, violent or other content unsuitable for all ages and cannot convey political partisanship.

Signal Box locations

Wall & Spokane Falls Blvd

View boxes here:

The small box stands alone. The group of three should be designed as a group.

Submission Requirements

Step 1.
Download the provided templates. 

Template Wall 1: 
1. https://www.dropbox.com/s/44m7bksa6fbev2e/Wall_1.ai?dl=0

Templates Wall 2a, 2b, 2c:  
2a. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2wjmlob0cxayub0/Wall_2a.ai?dl=0
2b. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ih2okahhwoajat6/Wall_2b.ai?dl=0
2c. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3jygbp2t9z1o16n/Wall_2c.ai?dl=0

Step 2.
 - Create your artwork.
 - Save a PDF version no larger than 10 mb. Name your file with the corrosponding box:  Lastname_Firstname_1.pdf
 - Save an Illustrator print format file at 150 dpi at actual (template) size. No larger than 10mb. Name your file: Last_First_1_print.ai (or .eps)

Step 3.
Submit the PDF file in this Submittable application. You can submit multiple designs!
Our committee will not be reviewing concepts for the signal box art. Please submit a finalized artwork, exactly how it should be seen when installed. 

Step 4.
For selected artists:

We will notify winning artists and provide a Dropbox link to submit the final Illustrator file(s).

Designs must strictly follow the provided templates to ensure proper sizing for installation.

Because of the enlarging process for printing, your files need to be high resolution. For any raster images, your file should be at actual size of the signal box at 320dpi at a minimum.


Selection process

A selection committee will be formed consisting of five voting members including: arts commissioners, arts professionals, and representatives of the downtown business sector. The selection criteria are: feasibility (meeting submission requirements), quality of artwork, suitability of content to the space of installation, diversity and originality.

Artists will be notified by March 1st, 2017. Winning designs will be publicized the following week.

Installation will take place between April - June, 2017.


·         Dec 12:  Call opens

·         Feb 5: Call closes at midnight

·         Mar 1: Notification to artists, publicize winners

·         April 1st- June 1st:  Vinyl installed to signal boxes