Dispatch From SPOKANE ARTS 2018 Year in Review Melissa Huggins SPOKANE ARTS COMMISSION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEARN MORE: www.vytalmovement.org www.spokanefilmfestival.org www.50hourslam.com www.spokanetheaterfest.com www.spokanearts.org/saturate www.spokanearts.org 66 ART CHOWDER MAGAZINE I t has been an exciting, eventful year in the arts! Individuals and organizations across the city continue to dream big, engage multiple communities, and work collaboratively. 2018 saw tremendous growth from groups like Power 2 The Poetry and Vytal Movement Modern Dance, as well as innovative programming offered by established institutions like the Spokane Civic Theater, Spokane Symphony and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Both the Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) and the Get Lit! Festival celebrated their twentieth anniversaries, and the local live music scene continues to grow. Crowds keep flocking to First Friday events promoted by the Downtown Spokane Partnership, where local venues showcase visual artists and musicians, and those evenings are just one option among many each month, with a wide array of galleries citywide presenting regular exhibits and events. Pottery Place Plus, the oldest continuously running artist’s cooperative in the Northwest, celebrated its 40th anniversary. 2018 also had certain challenges, such as bidding farewell to Elkfest, the beloved neighborhood music festival. But despite setbacks or obstacles, artists in Spokane continue to push boundaries, explore new technologies, and create innovative work.