Calling all urban designers: submissions are now open for the 2015 Spokane Mayor’s Urban Design Awards.
The awards, which began in 2007 and take place every other year, celebrate the architecture, urban and landscape design which, Mayor David Condon says, help shape the Spokane experience.
“Spokane is defined in part by how it is experienced through its many varying lenses and attractive features that include beautiful architecture, historical buildings, plazas, parks and landscapes,” Condon said in a press release. “The Urban Design Awards encourage and recognize the talents of those who add to this sense of identity and place by sharing their creativity in the public places we all enjoy.”
This year’s awards are also unique in the partnership between the City of Spokane and Spokane Arts, to facilitate further awareness and knowledge of how excellent design and city planning make Spokane even more, to steal from the motto, “near perfect.”
As for the award-giving process, the call for entries is open until midnight August 14 on smuda.spokanearts.org, which includes a 15-point summary of design qualities sought.
Winners from the last time the awards were given, in 2013, include the SIERR/McKinstry building, the new Westview Elementary, the SFCC Music Building renovation, and the Fountain Cafe at Riverfront Park.
The submissions are first assessed by the City’s Design Review Board which recommends entries to the Mayor’s office, which will present the awards in late October at the closing party for the second annual Create Spokane Arts Month.
In need of some inspiration on what calls for good urban design in Spokane? Look no further than the current issue's cover story, on the Lilac City's rich architectural history.
Each year for the past five years, the Inlander's annual Give Guide has recognized outstanding members of our community who are working tirelessly to make the Inland Northwest a better place for all of us. The time has once again arrived for us to seek nominations from you, our readers, of people you're aware of who are doing just this.
After poring over nominations, we'll pick three individuals to recognize in the issue (out Aug. 28), each of whom will also receive a monetary award called the Peirone Prize, intended to thank them for their selfless efforts and to help them further their philanthropic goals.
We know people of all ages are working hard to make the Inland Northwest a better place, but in part to encourage young people to get involved in giving back, we focus on recognizing people around or under age 35.
So, do you know anyone who's working tirelessly to give back? Nonprofit sectors to consider: animals, arts, community, social justice, wellness/nutrition, youth, education and the environment.
If you'd like to submit a nomination, we need to have it no later than Thursday, July 30. Send us the person's name, age, and a few sentences or paragraphs on why you think they deserve to be recognized. Also make sure to let us know how to contact you in case we have questions. Send nominations to [email protected].
For inspiration, here's the list of recipients we've honored since this issue began back in 2010:
Randy Ramos, Spokane Tribal College recruiter and life-skills coach at the Healing Lodge
Kate Burke, the Lands Council director of development, founder of the Spokane Edible Tree Project
Jeni Riplinger-Hegsted, program director of St. Vincent de Paul's Art on the Edge
Keirsten Lyons, service to armed forces at the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Red Cross
Keith Kelley, case manager at Gonzaga University, small business owner
Virla Spencer, outreach coordinator at the Center for Justice
Kat Hall, conservation programs director at the Lands Council
Jamie Borgan, program director at New Leaf Bakery
Mary Charbonneau, director of fundraising/outreach at Washington Basset Rescue
Brent and Amy Hendricks, co-founders of Global Neighborhood
Korrine Kreilkamp, founder of Community Roots
Bart Mihailovich, coordinator at the Waterkeeper Alliance and former Spokane Riverkeeper
Taylor Weech, Inlander columnist and radio host at KYRS-FM
Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council President
Emily Paulson, Campus Kitchen coordinator at Gonzaga University
This Sunday, June 28, two exhibits currently on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture are coming to a close. But, the museum has a few new exhibits on the schedule for the rest of the year, featuring art from near and far.
One of the two closing exhibits is Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates. Comprised of 50 artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures and films by 25 Emirati artists, this exhibit is a reflection of how the United Arab Emirates has approached economic development over the last 40 years, while also maintaining its people's tradition and heritage. Director of Museum Experience at the MAC, John Andrew Moredo-Burch says the exhibit is only being featured in a handful of U.S. cities. After its run in Spokane, Past Forward make two more stops before returning to Dubai.
Also closing after a seven-month run is The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis. For the collection, the Spokane-based photographer captured the palettes of two dozen artists, all who have a connection to the Inland Northwest. Some photos are displayed alongside a piece of art by the featured artist to show the connection between the palette and the finished piece.
Though two exhibits are closing, there will be new art filling the two gallery spaces soon. Moredo-Burch says replacing one of the current exhibits will be works from Saranac Art Projects, a local, non-profit artist cooperative that brings together artists and curators in the Inland Northwest. The new exhibit is set to open on July 24, running through the middle of September.
Following that, the MAC welcomes the Spokane Watercolor Society from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29 for a juried show that is open to all watercolor artists.
And from Nov. 14 to Feb. 7, 2016, New York artist Sean Kenney's exhibit, Nature Connects, comes to the MAC. Nature Connects is a series of works made from Lego toys. Kenney's art includes portraits, home decor and sculptures, all made from the tiny, plastic pieces.
Plans to turn one of downtown Spokane's largest eyesores — the long-vacant Ridpath Hotel — into an urban apartment complex are ever so slowly chugging toward reality. But a project of this scope is going to take time, and until it's underway the Ridpath block will continue to showcase graffiti, broken and boarded-up windows and other unpleasantries related to its vacancy. However, a new effort to make the scene around the hotel more inviting and less unsightly should change this unwelcome atmosphere sooner than expected.
Window Dressing, an local project that puts creative displays and art installations into empty downtown storefronts, is partnering with the Downtown Spokane Partnership and local sponsors to host installations at the Ridpath and the Ridpath Motor Inn starting in September. A call for artist proposals was issued today, offering a $500 stipend to artists whose installations are chosen for each of five designated sites (one includes the skywalk between the two buildings). Submissions are due on August 2 at midnight, and a tentative opening reception for the project is set for September's First Friday event. The full timeline and information for interested artists is listed here.
Window Dressing's first storefront display was revealed last January, at 1011 W. First, in the Music City Building where Terrain was held for many years before moving to its new home last fall. Other artists' projects have since rotated in and out of that spot, and Window Dressing also has hosted installations at a second site, 702 W. Main, near River Park Square. The most recent project there was tied to Get Lit! in April, but now that the spot at the corner of Main and Wall is going to become an Urban Outfitters store, that space won't host any more projects.
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