TAROT TIME: A Book Project with Elissa Ball
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

TAROT TIME: A Book Project with Elissa Ball

Tarot cards are mysterious and often misunderstood. In this creative writing class, you'll learn how the Tarot tradition shares similarities with poetry and creative writing. Each participant in this class will pick one of 22 (Major Arcana) Tarot cards to explore through writing. By the end of this two-week project, you'll take home a beautifully bound book of Tarot cards and the words they've inspired.

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Taproot Speaker Series: Vincas Greene
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Taproot Speaker Series: Vincas Greene

THU. SEP. 28 // 7 PM

Vincas Greene is the director of Vytal Movement Dance Company. He is working to build an adult dance community locally, develop professional dance in the region, cultivate a larger audience for dance, advise local dance programs in higher education, and share his love of the art form through teaching, choreographing and presenting dance. 

Our Taproot Speaker Series features local people with inspiring ideas about creativity, innovation and imagination. Learn what inspires each speaker to create — and why their work matters to our community.

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Zine-Making Workshop
Oct
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Zine-Making Workshop

WED. OCT 4 // 7 PM

Adults & Teens 16+ // Taught by Spokane Zine Fest organizers Chelsea Martin and Ian Amberson, this workshop will introduce the tools and techniques of zine making. Attendees will learn the basics of compiling images and text to make compelling zines, as well as booklet layout for easy reproduction. Zines started in class will have the opportunity to be featured at Spokane ZineFest.

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Girls Code @ Spark
Oct
7
10:00am10:00am

Girls Code @ Spark

SAT. OCT. 7 // 10 AM

GRADES 4-7 // Learn to create their own story-choose a setting, characters, and action- using core computer coding concepts. Create, collaborate, code! We value diversity and we welcome girls and girl-identified kids of any background to participate. No cost; registration required.

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River Poetry Walk
Oct
17
5:30pm 5:30pm

River Poetry Walk

TUE. OCT. 17 // 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.

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Taproot Speaker Series: Ildikó Kalapács
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Taproot Speaker Series: Ildikó Kalapács

Thu. Oct. 26 // 7pm

Ildikó Kalapács is a Hungarian American visual artist and folk dancer, and director of The Bearing Sculpture Project. Her work is influenced by her experiences of East and West, living in a socialist and a capitalist country, and studying cultural layers through folk dance and anthropology.

This speaker series features local people with inspiring ideas about creativity, innovation and imagination. Learn what inspires each speaker to create — and why their work matters to our community.

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TAROT TIME:  Performance Party & Book Release
Oct
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

TAROT TIME: Performance Party & Book Release

MON. OCT. 30 // 7 PM

Listen to community members share writing based on the Major Arcana Tarot cards at this Halloween-themed book release party and performance complete with spooky surprises and weird delights. Don't miss your chance to buy a beautiful, limited edition Tarot book that benefits Spark Central (while supplies last). Free & open to the public. Books available for $13.

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Girls Rock Lab Jam Session
Nov
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Girls Rock Lab Jam Session

TUE. NOV. 14 // 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. No cost // Registration required.

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

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Taproot Speaker Series: Darrien Mack
Nov
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Taproot Speaker Series: Darrien Mack

THU. NOV. 30 // 7 PM

Darrien Mack is a Spokane-based visual artist mixing multiple mediums. His passion for design encompasses videography, inspired by Wes Anderson, Denis Villeneuve, and Nicolas Winding Refn. Basically, any film produced by Studio A24, Focus Features, and Studio Ghibli.

His photography, influenced by the simple approaches Ira M. Randeck and his illustration energized by Georges Remi, Sachin Teng, and Mike Mitchell. Back-up dancing for the local indie rock band “Super Sparkle” has kept his creativity energy fueled as well. He has dabbled with oil painting, modeling, break dancing, poetic hip hop lyricism (a gift from his late mother), and improvisational comedy (a gift from his stand-up comedian father).

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Winter Card-Making Party
Dec
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

Winter Card-Making Party

SAT. DEC. 2 // 5-7 PM

Join us for a festive celebration of all things winter! Munch on cookies and sip hot cider while trying out different card-making techniques: watercolor and salt; pen and ink; hand-carved potato stamps; collage; engraving and cut paper. Nothing makes the heart toasty warm like receiving a hand-made card — except maybe giving one. No cost // open to the public.

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Spark Salon 2018
Jan
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Spark Salon 2018

January 19, 2018 at Barrister Winery // Doors at 6:30

Last year we launched Spark Salon, our annual fundraiser and paddle raise, to much success. Our 2018 event will bring video game developers Rand and Robyn Miller of Cyan Worlds back to their hometown of Spokane. They will sit down with Jess to share the story of creating their first big video game, Myst (which was the single best-selling PC game for a decade) and it’s sequel Riven, as well as their new ventures into Virtual Reality. Guests will be presented with the chance to hear how Rand and Robyn forged their path to a creative life, including the trials and joys along the way..

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Artist Trust Series, Part 2: Branding & Marketing for Artists
Sep
23
9:00am 9:00am

Artist Trust Series, Part 2: Branding & Marketing for Artists

Sat. Sep. 23 // 9am - 12pm 

Hosted by Artist Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Washington State artists of all disciplines thrive.

This workshop will help you develop an effective communication strategy for selling your artwork.  We will explore brand archetypes and the psychological factors that impact buyer behavior.  You will learn how to develop a comprehensive marketing plan that is in alignment with your authentic self.

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PIVOT Story Slam: School Days
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

PIVOT Story Slam: School Days

THU. SEP. 21 // 7 PM

Pivot, a live storytelling series in Spokane, invites you to an open mic story slam with the theme "School Days."Are you eager to tell a story of your own? Community members are invited to tell a true story from their own lives (up to 5 minutes long) in front of an audience. If you'd like to tell a story, show up a little early to throw your name in a hat, and as many storytellers as time allows will have an opportunity to share. 

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Book Launch // DREADFUL : LUMINOSITY
Sep
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Launch // DREADFUL : LUMINOSITY

Sun. Sep. 17 // 7 PM

A book launch and celebration for Montana poet Natalie Peeterse's new book, a sequence of poems about what it means to live in this world with all of its shine and dread. With readings by Jolene Brink, Brooke Matson and Lauren Gilmore, and featuring Natalie Peeterse. Central Food has generously offered to host this event (restaurant will be closed), and River City Brewing has donated a keg. Donation proceeds support Spark Central. 

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Writing Workshop // Against Forgetting: The Grief of Witness
Sep
17
3:00pm 3:00pm

Writing Workshop // Against Forgetting: The Grief of Witness

SUN. SEP. 9 // 3 PM

Taught by Montana poet Natalie Peeterse, this workshop is intended to address the grief some of us feel at witnessing injustice, be it across the table, across street or in another country. What is the role of the witness? When is saying something more important than saying nothing? What does it mean to observe? How do we put into words what we think and feel as violence unfolds before us? How do we do that well? There will be a discussion on the politics of witness and point of view. Later in the evening, you're invited to join Natalie for a reading at Central Food. Register online // $10.

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Drop-in & RPG // Tabletop Roleplaying Games (RPGs) for All Experience Levels
Sep
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Drop-in & RPG // Tabletop Roleplaying Games (RPGs) for All Experience Levels

FRI. SEP. 15 / / 5 - 7 PM

AGES 6 - 17 / / Bring your curiosity, imagination, and thirst for adventure, and we will supply the rest! If you have ever been curious about role-playing games, join us to experience this unique form of game-playing — we'll build a shared narrative using cooperative problem solving, exploration, imagination, and rich social interaction. 

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Cut Paper Comics
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

Cut Paper Comics

SAT. AUG 26 // 9AM - 12PM

Adults & Teens 16+ // Create a simple comic book by cutting paper to make characters and scenes! Script your story and transform it into a polished mini-book — all in this three-hour session. Materials and inspiration provided. Registration required // $10. 

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Write into College
Aug
15
to Aug 17

Write into College

TUE. & THU. AUG. 15 & 17 // 7-9 PM

Teens 16 + // A crash course for juniors and seniors in essay writing for college applications. Work with skilled writers to compose a college entrance essay that will open the door to your future.

This workshop is taught by Rachel Toor, author of Write Your Way In: Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay. A copy of the book is included with class participation.

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Girls Rock Lab: Session 2
Aug
8
to 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.

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Micro:bit Basics
Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

Micro:bit Basics

SAT. AUG. 5 // 10AM - 12PM

Got a few hours to tinker? That's just enough time to get the hang of micro:bit, an adorable and beginner-friendly tiny computer! In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of using sensors and simple code to make the micro:bit do your bidding. (Taking over the world comes later.) $10 // Registration required.

 

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Birthday Celebration
Aug
1
to Aug 22

Birthday Celebration

August is our birthday month and we’d like to spend the month celebrating the Spark Central community—and that means you! Come in during the month of August for creative activities, like paper circuits, card making, and mono-printing. Enter to win raffle prizes, like a family pass for Raptor Reef Water Park or dinner for two at the Wandering Table.

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Girls Rock Lab: Session 1
Aug
1
to 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.

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Summer Tech Support
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Summer Tech Support

The entire  month of August // Tue. - Sat., 12 - 5 PM 

We are thrilled to be working with a crew of Computer Science majors from Whitworth University this summer. They're here to help you tinker with tech! They can introduce you to our interesting menagerie of gadgets or help you solve problems with your own computer or electronic device. Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, all summer long! 

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Make Your Own Podcast
Jul
22
9:00am 9:00am

Make Your Own Podcast

SAT. JUL. 22 // 9 AM - 12 PM (Open lab time from 12 PM - 5 PM)

Conceptualize, record and edit your first podcast using free audio editing software Audacity. Sign up with a friend, fly solo, or recruit a co-host when you arrive. After the class, you can use our drop-in hours as "lab time" to complete your project.

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