Thank you for participating in our 2016 programs! From Fired Up Film Festival for teens to Origin Stories superhero creation camp for kids to the I am a Town poetry book project for adults, nearly 3,000 of you participated in a Spark Central event last year. You are our community! By participating, you inspire us and those around you in your quest to discover your creative power.
We're proud to announce our first quarter of 2017 creative programs. Please mark your calendar for our community events and be sure to register early for the workshops and playshops that pique your interest.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT NO COST
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: WEST CENTRAL DIAL-A-STORY PROJECT
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE FEB. 19
Submit your anonymous, true story about West Central and it could be chosen to be read by actors and appear on one on three Dial-a-Story booths in West Central. Submit at tinyurl.com/dialastory.
SILENT READING PARTY
TUE. JAN. 17 // 7 PM
Calling all introverts, bookworms, and bibliomaniacs: Prepare to zip your lips and delve into the magic of words. Live music and wine will accompany the sweet, sweet silence.
DROP IN & GEEK OUT
SAT. JAN. 21 // 3 PM
GRADES 3 & UP // Check out our awesome — and growing —collection of robotics toys, programming kits, and software. Drop in for some guided time in exploring the collection with fellow geeks of all ages. No previous experience required.
POETRY READING: JANE WONG & QUENTON BAKER
SAT. JAN. 28 // 7 PM
Experience the work of Seattle poets Jane Wong and Quenton Baker as they read their poetry and discuss the Poetics of Haunting. “A poetics of haunting insists on invocation: a deliberate, powerful, and provocative move toward haunted places.”
DON KARDONG // TAPROOT SPEAKER SERIES
WED. FEB. 8 // 7 PM
Bloomsday founder Don Kardong shares the story of founding Bloomsday — and how it came to be the source of community pride it is today. Come sip wine and be inspired!
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.
JERRY WHITE // TAPROOT SPEAKER SERIES
THU. MAR. 9 // 7 PM
Jerry White tells the story of how he came to be Spokane's Riverkeeper, dedicated to keeping the Spokane River heathy and clean. Come sip wine and be inspired!
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.
WEIRD SISTERS: THE THIRD LILAC CITY FAIRY TALES
SAT. MAR. 25 // 8:00 PM
Join us for a night of magical performances as writers included in this anthology of Spokane-themed prose share their work in a celebration of the diversity and depth of Spokane’s writing community. Buy tickets online // $15.
DROP IN AND DRAW
EVERY WED. // 4 PM
Adults and teens who have always thought, “I wish I could draw,” join artist Niah Ferlito each week to explore mediums, develop skill and cultivate imaginative thinking.
DROP IN & WRITE
EVERY TUE. // 4 PM
Aspiring writers unite! Bring works in progress to share with fellow writers, get inspired and rejuvenated with creative prompts, and push your comfort level through exposure to different genres. Led by a rotating cast of Spokane writers.
KIDS' EVENTS & PLAYSHOPS
AVAILABLE TO ALL YOUTH AT NO COST
GIRLS ROCK LAB JAM SESSION
TUE. JAN. 10 // 6 PM @ DOWNTOWN LIBRARY
GRADES 3-7 // Kids of all musical abilities are invited to jam with their friends and experiment with sound in an encouraging environment. Register online.
FORT PARTY FOR KIDS
SAT. JAN. 14 // 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. Register online.
DROP IN AND SCIENCE
SAT. JAN. 14 & FEB. 18 // 3 PM
Our resident mad scientist shares experiments from gross to glorious, inspiring a sense of wonder.
DROP IN & CODE
WED. JAN. 25 // 3:30 PM
GRADES 3 & UP // Explore the world of coding using games on Code.org and Scratch.
MASTERPIECES MADE BY TWO
SAT. FEB. 18 // 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. Register online.
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, Lego bricks and more.
ORIGIN STORIES: SUPERHERO CREATION FOR KIDS
SAT. APR. 1 // 10 AM
GRADES 3-7 // Learn the secrets of superheroes! Write and illustrate your own comic with characters and stories built around the idea of superpowers. Register online.
REGISTRATION AT SPARK-CENTRAL.ORG
INKLINGS TEEN WRITERS' GROUP
SAT. JAN. 7, FEB. 4 & MAR. 4 // 3 PM
GRADES 8-12 // Take your creative writing to the next level with support from other teen writers and local authors. You bring the ideas and we’ll bring the snacks! No registration required.
WRITING WORKSHOP // WEIRD SISTERS: LILAC CITY FAIRY TALES
THU. JAN. 12 // 6:30 PM
For those who plan to submit pieces to Lilac City Fairy Tales, author Sharma Shields offers prompts and inspiration around the theme “Weird Sisters.” . Register online // $10.
ANIMATE THIS! BLENDER BASICS
TUE. JAN 24 // 7 PM
Learn to create your own 3D graphics and animation using Blender. Register online // $10.
WRITING WORKSHOP // WRITING POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION
THU. FEB. 24 // 7 PM
Stephanie Oakes, author of "The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly," leads a workshop exploring what makes a unique post-apocalyptic story — and how to write one. Register online // $40.
SNARKY VALENTINE'S CARDS
SAT. FEB. 11 // 3 PM
Express your squishy Valentine’s emotions—or your loathing for love and feelings in general—through humor, sarcasm and grumpy cat photos. Register online // $10.
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 teen filmmakers have fun while creating a powerful film over a weekend. Register online.
WRITING WORKSHOP // WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE
THU. FEB. 24 // 7 PM
Join beloved Spokesman-Review columnist and author Shawn Vestal for a workshop on the nitty-gritty of writing fictional dialogue. Register online // $40.
RASPBERRY PI RACE CAR HACKATHON
SAT. MAR. 11 // 10 AM
Team up with a pro to build a racecar fueled by Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer. Show off your invention at Pi(e) Day — and race it against other teams’ cars. Register online // $10.
POETRY WORKSHOP // UNLOVED: A POETIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OSTRACIZED ANIMALS
MON. MAR. 27 & APR. 3 // 6 PM
With Laura Read, Spokane's Poet Laureate, poet Kathryn Smith, and artwork by Jessica Wade. We'll explore our experiences with creatures often left on the margins of affection. Poems will appear in a limited edition chapbook. Register online // $10 (includes a copy of chapbook).
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. Register online // $10.