Spokane Arts creates and promotes arts and culture in our region through grantmaking, arts programming, advocacy, and professional development. We work to amplify Spokane as the cultural hub of the Inland Northwest. Spokane Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is overseen by a governing board (formerly known as the Spokane Arts Fund board) as well as advised by the Spokane Arts Commission, a volunteer board of artists and arts advocates. Find more information at www.spokanearts.org.

UPDATE: Artists  interested in reading specifically for Pride month are welcome to ask for June 3 or June 17. Otherwise please note that Poetry at the Podium slots are filled through the end of July.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry at the Podium

This initiative from Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson and Spokane Arts will give local poets the opportunity to make their voices heard at Spokane City Council meetings. All poets living within Spokane city boundaries are welcome to apply to read. This opportunity will both offer Spokane poets a new audience within the Spokane community, and remind council meeting attendees that poetry can play an important part in the civic realm. 

Interested poets should submit a single poem via the Submittable portal below, which they will agree to read at a Council meeting if selected.

Spokane City Council meetings take place every Monday evening at 6 PM. Readings will occur during the time for “Words of Inspiration” which immediately follows the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each meeting.

Per City Council Meeting Rules for public decorum, submitters are asked to remember the following:

  • The chosen poem may take no more than three (3) minutes to read, and poets are asked to state no more than their name and Spokane neighborhood before reading.
  • No poet may read more than once per month.
  • Poets shall not use profanity, engage in obscene speech, or make personal comment or verbal insults about any individual. 

City Council also asks that poets remember that many audience members at Council meetings are children (Boys and Girls Scouts, etc.) and try to keep the content of their reading appropriate for all ages.

Besides this request to honor Council meeting rules and considerations, poets should not feel themselves under any restrictions concerning the content of their work. Spokane Arts respects every citizen's right to free speech and will not engage in censorship of poems submitted for this initiative. Poets are reminded, however, that Council meetings are broadcast on television, which means that the content of their work comes under the Federal Communications Commission's rules regarding obscene, indecent, and profane content: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/obscene-indecent-and-profane-broadcasts.

After filling out the form below, please submit a single poem in .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Please also include your name, address, phone number, email address, and Spokane neighborhood in the heading of the poem. Please do not submit another poem until you have received a response on the first.

Poetry at the Podium will offer reading opportunities to 30+ poets per year. During each year, preference will be given to submissions from readers who have not yet read at a Council meeting that year. If poets are interested in a specific day, holiday, or month for their reading, please indicate this preference at the time of submission. The coordinators will do their best to honor the request. Otherwise, readings will be arranged according to order of submission and poet availability.

After a poem is accepted for Poetry at the Podium, the poet will be contacted by Spokane Arts with an agreement detailing the specific parameters of the reading.

Questions? Contact Spokane Arts (artshelper@spokanearts.org).

October is a month-long celebration of arts and culture!
Use this form to submit your Arts Month events and activities.
Arts Tour is October 4, 5, and 6.
Multiple events must be submitted separately.

Please note: the Inlander's deadline for the "Fall Arts Guide" issue is the first week of September. All submissions Spokane Arts receives prior to that deadline are sent to the Inlander for consideration. All submissions Spokane Arts receives AFTER that deadline will still be included in our online 2019 Arts Month calendar, found at https://artsmonthspokane.sched.com/
Please see below for additional ways that Spokane Arts will help promote your submitted event for either Fall Arts Tour or Arts Month!

In celebration of national arts and humanities month, Spokane Arts is coordinating the 6th annual Arts Month, to be held in October 2019. 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 Arts Month 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; and more. Spokane Arts will place print and digital advertising to promote Arts 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. Submissions received before the original August 31 deadline are more likely to be included in print advertising due to local publications' print deadlines.) Spokane Arts will also seek earned media coverage to promote October’s arts and cultural offerings.    

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

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