Supporting Art | Real Solutions for Spokane

"As Mayor, I will continue to strengthen art programs

that provide opportunities for local artists to help them share their work with all of us.

Public art is not just another budget line item,

it is an investment in our people."


Last year, I stood outside the Jensen-Byrd building watching a thousand people stand in line to visit Terrain, a local art event. There were millennial's, seniors, parents, students, people of all races and genders, from every corner of the city. They made their way through that line excited to see the artwork, hear the poems, and listen to the music of their friends, neighbors and strangers.


Nothing brings our community together better than a good show. Our community loves the arts, and our artists deserve a local government that will help them flourish.

I am proud of the work we have done to help the arts thrive in Spokane.
  • We created the Spokane Arts Fund that supports art programs all across the City after the Arts Department was eliminated 6 years ago. 
  • We created the City’s Poet Laureate program.
  • We passed legislation that invests a portion of admissions tax right back into the art scene. You can see this work firsthand at the multiple murals popping up all across the city. 
  • We repealed an archaic law that required venues to have a special license to host musicians. 
And, there’s more to do!
 
As Mayor, I will continue to strengthen art programs that provide opportunities for local artists to help them share their work with all of us. Public art is not just another budget line item, it is an investment in our people.
 
Speaking of art... you are invited to join us at the Bartlett this Saturday for live music from local artist Windoe and DJ bennyblanco! All ages welcome. $15 suggested contribution at the door.

Thank you for your support,

Ben