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.

Create Spokane is our month-long celebration of arts and culture!
Use this form to submit your October events and activities.
The Arts Tour is October 
6th, 7th, & 8th.

Multiple events must be submitted separately.

Deadline for submitting information: September 15, 2017. 

In celebration of national arts and humanities month, Spokane Arts is coordinating the 4th annual Create Spokane Arts Month, to be held in October 2017.

Artists, arts organizations, arts businesses, and creatives of all types are encouraged to submit their October events or activities through spokanearts.submittable.com. Using the information submitted, Spokane Arts will promote those events and programs to the community, encouraging people to attend and support them.

Spokane Arts will promote the events and activities in one or many of the following ways: inclusion in an online Create Spokane calendar, where people can browse for events and build a personalized schedule; on the Spokane Arts social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more); in the Spokane Arts e-newsletter (over 3,000 subscribers); and more. Spokane Arts will place print and digital advertising to promote Create Spokane month, which will link to the calendar and may feature certain submitted events. (Spokane Arts cannot promise that every single submission will be featured in our print advertising campaign, but all relevant submissions will be promoted via the online resources listed above.) Spokane Arts will also seek earned media coverage to promote October’s arts and cultural offerings.    

Ends on December 31, 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. Selected 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 from the Spokane Civic Theatre will also perform the short memoirs publicly at Spark Central on May 23, 2017 at 7 PM.

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


Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and local individuals committed to enriching our community through the arts.   The four awards categories reflect the values of Spokane Arts:   Leadership, Collaboration, Imagination and Inclusion. 

In any of these categories, you may nominate an artist, volunteer, neighborhood, educator, organization, community leader, donor, business or any other entity which you feel deserves recognition.  Emerging or established, young or old, on the edge or in the center – we welcome any nomination that celebrates the wealth of participation in Spokane’s arts ecosystem.

Here’s the list of the award categories:

Leadership – positive and consistent advocacy, a role model for others in the arts, a venture culturalist, excellent stewardship of resources

Collaboration – creating and supporting partnerships, sharing resources, finding shared solutions, brings new meaning to the phrase “democratic participation”

Inclusion – enacting just and diverse community, building bridges across divides,  proactive approach to accessibility and inclusion

Imagination – an energizing and inspiring presence, jaw-dropping creativity, sky’s-the-limit approach, excellent execution of innovative ideas

Ends in 5 days, 23 hours

 Spokane Arts, on behalf of the city of Spokane, seeks applications for the position of Spokane Poet Laureate. The person selected will join Spokane Arts in promoting and supporting an appreciation of literary arts throughout the greater Spokane region. 


The Poet Laureate program celebrates Spokane’s vibrant literary community and aims to strengthen the future of literary arts in our city by engaging a broad range of communities. The two-year Poet Laureate post will serve as a cultural ambassador for both the written form and spoken word, and conduct participatory, engaging public events to engage constituents city-wide. 

As both a local resident and a distinguished poet, the Poet Laureate will represent and celebrate the rich literary history and the diversity of Eastern Washington. As a spokesperson for the area’s literary community, the Poet Laureate will help reinforce the role of literature in civic life and will actively participate in ceremonial, educational and cultural activities in the community during the  term of service. The Poet Laureate program is administered by Spokane Arts. Interested poets must submit their own application; there is no nomination process. 


·        Raise awareness of and appreciation for the literary arts in Eastern Washington

·        Create opportunities for a wide range of people and communities in our city to engage with poetry

·        Encourage community members to express their ideas, culture and history through poetry

·        Reinforce the role of literature in civic life

·        Provide an opportunity for growth and increased exposure for the individual Poet Laureate

·        Invite and encourage the public to discover the vitality of contemporary poetry

·        Broaden public perspective and help increase awareness and support of the arts


The Poet Laureate for Spokane is an honorary position. The individual selected will serve a two-year term beginning in November 1, 2017, and will receive a $3,000 stipend which will be delivered in two payments, one per year. $500 of the total stipend will be used toward supply or material costs related to hosting community workshops, readings, or other poetry projects. 


·        Make three public presentations per year at Spokane events, at the discretion of the Poet Laureate.

·        Create original works for certain public events, which may be used in other areas when appropriate

·        Serve as an advisor for upcoming events throughout the term

·        Maintain regular communication with Spokane Arts staff to coordinate community engagement efforts

·        Provide ongoing reading recommendations to be promoted through Spokane Arts newsletter and social media, as well as possible collaboration with the Spokane Public Library system



Each applicant must:

·        Be a resident of the greater Spokane community

·        Have a record of sustained commitment to their craft and the ability to engage with a wide range of community members. Relevant information/experience could include print or online publications of their poetry, leadership in organizations or groups whose primary focus is poetry, history of teaching experience, or other experience that would demonstrate a person’s qualifications and/or eagerness to serve as poet laureate.

·        Submit a résumé and four-to-six poems, not exceeding 10 pages in total to spokanearts.submittable.com. Please include a cover letter that describes your interest in the position and gives the reader a sense of what you’d work to accomplish if selected as poet laureate. Ideally your resume would include 2-3 professional references.