Writing Your Story: A Memoir Workshop
May
1
7:00 pm19:00

Writing Your Story: A Memoir Workshop

MON. MAY 1 // 7 PM

Join Shannon Huffman Polson, veteran and author of North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey, for a workshop exploring the art of memoir. Beginning and experienced writers welcome. Come with a journal, ready to write, read, discuss and share! Register online // $15.

Sign Up to Sync:  Lip Sync Throwdown
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

Sign Up to Sync: Lip Sync Throwdown

  • Spark Central

So you think you can drop the mic? Come hang out with other hams just like you at Sign Up to Sync, where you can learn the ins and outs of Spark Central's first Lip Sync Throwdown, convince someone to be the Tears to your Fears, and plot how you are going to win the best costume award. 

River Poetry Walk
May
16
5:30 pm17:30

River Poetry Walk

TUE. MAY 16 // 5:30 PM

Meet at Spark Central and walk to the riverbanks in search of inspiration to create short poems. We will learn a simple form to help focus our expression, and then create image poetry that reflects the nature surrounding us. The class will conclude at the overlook near the Herb Hamblin Overlook in Kendall Yards. Register online // $10.

Masterpieces Made by Two
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Masterpieces Made by Two

Sat. May 20 // 10 AM

AGES 2-7 // Parents, team up with your child to paint a masterpiece made by two. We’ll provide instruction and inspiration for a whimsical, imaginative collaboration you’ll be proud to hang in your living room. Registration required.

Performance: West Central Dial-a-Story
May
23
7:00 pm19:00

Performance: West Central Dial-a-Story

TUE. MAY 23 // 7 PM

Hear anonymous stories written by Spokane residents and performed by actors from the Spokane Civic Theatre. This event kicks off the West Central Dial-A-Story Project, a collaborative community project designed to share real stories about the West Central neighborhood.

Girls Rock Lab Jam Session
May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Girls Rock Lab Jam Session

Tue. May 30 // 6 PM

DOWNTOWN LIBRARY, GROUND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

GRADES 3-7 // Kids of all musical abilities are invited to jam with their friends and experiment with sound in an encouraging environment. Registration required.

This event is made possible by our Girls Rock Lab sponsor, Global Credit Union and our partnership with the Spokane Public Library.

A Strength-Based Approach for Memory Loss
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

A Strength-Based Approach for Memory Loss

Join dementia care expert Judy Cornish JD and Gerontologist Debby Dodds MS for a hands-on practical workshop on living well with dementia. (Bring your iPad or borrow one of ours.)

This three-hour course is designed for care partners and people helping a loved one or friend who has memory loss. The session will help you identify and work with their existing strengths, especially the ability to fully experience moment-to-moment joys. You can increase their happiness and augment their personal memories with the help of iPad apps.

Building Your Career as an Artist: Artist Trust Workshop
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

Building Your Career as an Artist: Artist Trust Workshop

THU. JUN. 8 // 6 PM

Is your art also your career — or do you wish it were? Learn the basics of running a successful art business from photographer and career-planning instructor Ira Gardner. You'll learn how to develop a mission and vision, how to create a sustainable financial model, and then how to implement your business through branding, marketing, and networking.

Lip Sync Throwndown
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Lip Sync Throwndown

  • Spark Central

Join the ranks of Milli Vanilla, Ashley Simpson, Jimmy Fallon and countless of other people who can't sing but look awesome pretending to. Create a team, choose a song, then come drop the mic (and your ca$h) in Spark Central's first ruthlessly competitive and desperately serious Lip Sync Throwdown. Or just come for the show, some post-competition dancing, River City brew, and pizza.
 

No Guts, No Glory: Performance Poetry with Imani Sims
Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

No Guts, No Glory: Performance Poetry with Imani Sims

SAT. JUNE 10 // 10 AM - 12 PM

No Guts, No Glory is a performance poetry workshop designed to empower students to put their most vulnerable and honest stories on stage.

Students will watch mentor text videos from poets like Danez Smith, Angel Nafis, and many more. Also, students will draft a new poem, receive peer feedback, edit their poem, and spend time practicing before the Open Mic night following the workshop.

Each student will leave with at least one piece of edited writing, best practices for performances, and the experience of performing their poetry in front of a live audience.

Fort Party for Kids
Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Fort Party for Kids

Sat. Jun. 10 // 10 AM

GRADES K-3 // Team up with friends to build the fort of your dreams before transforming your new dwelling into a colorful light party using glow-in-the-dark and light-up toys. No cost; registration required.

Creative Coding with Chatham
Jun
13
Jun 27

Creative Coding with Chatham

TUE. JUNE 13, 20 & 27 // 7 - 9 PM

Want to take your digital art to the next level? Join Alan Chatham, director of the interactive art residency program Laboratory Spokane, and learn how to harness the power of code to make awesome, interactive visuals. No previous coding experience is necessary, so it's also a great way to learn programming fundamentals in an artistic way.

Learn to Play an RPG (That's Short for Role-Playing Game)
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Learn to Play an RPG (That's Short for Role-Playing Game)

THU. JUNE 15 & 22 // 7 - 9 PM

Create your own character to travel through a world of fantastical creatures, battling for survival along the way with the roll of dice. This two-session workshop focuses on building a character, then diving in and playing the game of Pathfinder with experienced gamers.

LEGO Robotics: WeDo 2.0
Jun
22
Jun 23

LEGO Robotics: WeDo 2.0

THU. - FRI. JUN 22 - 23 // 9-11 AM

GRADES 2-4 // Build and program your first robot using LEGO WeDo 2.0! This two-day camp offers a play-based introduction to robotics and computer programming. Registration required.

Jurassic Journalism: Broadcasting Camp
Jul
19
Jul 20

Jurassic Journalism: Broadcasting Camp

WED.-THU. JUL. 19-20 // 9-11 AM

GRADES 3-6 // Become a reporter and travel back to the time of the dinosaurs to find newsworthy stories! With help from real reporters, we'll create our own newscast using green screen technology and share breaking news from the land of giant lizards. No cost; registration required.

Girls Rock Lab: Session 1
Aug
1
Aug 4

Girls Rock Lab: Session 1

TUE. - FRI. AUG. 1-4 // 3-5:30 PM @ The Downtown Spokane Library

GRADES 3-8 // Join a band, write your own music and play in a concert! Girls Rock Lab camp provides workshops, mentors and a space where girls are empowered leaders and collaborators. We value diversity and we welcome girls and girl-identified kids of any background to participate!

Girls Rock Lab is generously sponsored by Global Credit Union and held in partnership with the Spokane Library.

Girls Rock Lab: Session 2
Aug
8
Aug 11

Girls Rock Lab: Session 2

TUE. - FRI. AUG. 8-11 // 3-5:30 PM @ THE DOWNTOWN SPOKANE LIBRARY

GRADES 3-8 // Join a band, write your own music and play in a concert! Girls Rock Lab camp provides workshops, mentors and a space where girls are empowered leaders and collaborators. We value diversity and we welcome girls and girl-identified kids of any background to participate!

Girls Rock Lab is generously sponsored by Global Credit Union and held in partnership with the Spokane Library.


Storytelling Through Comics
Apr
25
Apr 27

Storytelling Through Comics

Tue. Apr. 25 & Thu. Apr. 27 // 6-9 PM

Create a story and bring it to life through illustration in this two-session workshop taught by local comic creator Derrick Freeland. Register online // $20.

Love & Outrage: Resistance! Zine Release Reading
Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

Love & Outrage: Resistance! Zine Release Reading

THU. APR. 20 // 6:30 PM

Join the Love & Outrage collective and the local writers featured in our Spring 2017 issue, "Resistance", for a night of poetry, prose, song, love, and outrage. The new quarterly zine will be available for purchase for $7 and back issues of Love & Outrage will be available for $5 while supplies last. More information and call for submissions available at www.loveandoutrage.org

Finding Your Edge: How Teens Can Hone Their Writing
Apr
20
4:00 pm16:00

Finding Your Edge: How Teens Can Hone Their Writing

Thu., Apr. 20 // 4 PM

Young writers Lauren Gilmore (Outdancing the Universe), Ben Read, and Brittan Hart (editor of RiverSide Storybook) share how to go from good to exceptional in your writing craft. Topics include what useful workshopping looks like, how to find meaningful feedback and opportunities to grow your skills, how to keep writing when the "feeling" isn't there, and strategies to make time to write while balancing homework and extracurricular activities.

LEGO Mindstorm Spring Break Camp
Apr
5
Apr 7

LEGO Mindstorm Spring Break Camp

Wed. Apr. 5 - Fri. Apr. 7 // 8-10 AM

GRADES 4-6 // Team up with friends to build and program a LEGO robot. In the process of building, students will learn basic programming and collaboration. Register online // No cost.

The Two-Hour Graphic Novel
Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

The Two-Hour Graphic Novel

Thu. Mar. 30 // 7 PM

Create your first graphic novel! Script your story and transform it into a polished mini-book — all in this two-hour session. Materials, inspiration and pro tips included. Registration required // $10.

Unloved: A Poetic Encyclopedia of Ostracized Animals
Mar
27
Apr 3

Unloved: A Poetic Encyclopedia of Ostracized Animals

Mon. Mar. 27 & Apr. 3 // 6 PM

Through a two-session writing workshop, we'll explore our experiences with creatures often left on the margins of affection and then workshop our pieces. Poems will appear in a limited edition Spark Central chapbook released during GetLit! on Tuesday, April 18th. This is a three-night commitment. 

Maker Lab
Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

Maker Lab

Sat. Mar. 18 // 3 PM

Study hall for makers of things! Looking for a space to work on your next big project? Hoping to meet fellow creators who want to collaborate? Supplies, equipment, music and company: We’ve got covered. You bring the inspiration and a friend.

Pi{e} Day
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Pi{e} Day

Tue. Mar. 14 // 7 PM

A wild celebration of the most exciting number: Pi. Enter a pie-making contest — or generously volunteer your pie-tasting services. Compete in a cutthroat Pi recitation war. Cheer on the Indie 3.14 race featuring Raspberry Pi-fueled race cars. Thank you to our event sponsor, Driscoll's Berries!

Silent Writing Party
Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

Silent Writing Party

Tue. Mar. 7 // 7 PM

Writers of all stripes and inclinations, get ready for two hours of nonstop writing. Come fortified with pen and paper or your laptop. Wine and live music by Matt Mitchell of Folkinception will be your muse.

Invention Connection for Kids
Feb
25
12:00 pm12:00

Invention Connection for Kids

Sat. Feb 25 // 12-2 PM

Build an invention from your imagination. Tinker with electronics. Teach a robot new tricks. Drop in and play with Little Bits, Minecraft, Ozobots, Lego Mindstorm, Makey Makey, green screen kits, Lego bricks and more.

Masterpieces Made by Two
Feb
18
10:00 am10:00

Masterpieces Made by Two

Sat. Feb. 18

AGES 2-7 // Parents, team up with your child to paint a masterpiece made by two. We’ll provide instruction and inspiration for a whimsical, imaginative collaboration you’ll be proud to hang in your living room. No cost; registration required.

Fired Up Film Festival:  Kick-Off Workshop
Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

Fired Up Film Festival: Kick-Off Workshop

Thu. Feb 16 // 6 PM

TEENS // Lights, camera, action! Join us for the kick off of Fired Up Film Festival (FuFF), where teens and amateur filmmakers have fun while creating a powerful film over a weekend. Register online. (Check back soon for the registration link!) 

Snarky Valentine's Cards
Feb
11
3:00 pm15:00

Snarky Valentine's Cards

Sat. Feb. 11 // 3 PM

Create paper cards or digital memes to express your squishy Valentine’s emotions—or your loathing for love and feelings in general—through humor, sarcasm and grumpy cat photos. 

Artist Trust Workshop
Feb
11
9:00 am09:00

Artist Trust Workshop

Sat. Feb. 11 // 9AM

Local arts organizations and creative spaces, including Spokane Arts, Laboratory Spokane, Terrain, and many others, gather to discuss their programs and resources for artists of all disciplines. You'll learn whats happening across Spokane's arts community, how you can benefit from their services, and what you can do to get more involved. Presentations are followed by a Q&A and informal meet-and-greet. No cost. No registration necessary.