Spark Central is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that ignites the creativityinnovation, and imagination necessary for people TO forge the path to their best future.

At Spark Central, we believe that everyone—regardless of income—deserves creative learning opportunities and innovative technologies so they can thrive. We break barriers to creative growth like cost, confidence, and access to tools and technology by offering our membership, youth programming, and community events at NO COST and adult programming at very low costs.

Spark Central is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and relies on the generosity of its donors, sponsors, and volunteers.


Join us for an intimate evening with best-selling author and Spark Central co-founder Jess Walter and New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert. There will be appetizers, wine and time to socialize!

Each ticket comes with a copy of Gilbert's creative manifesto Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. You'll have a chance to hear her and Jess chat about the creative life and participate in a Q & A. 


Spark Central is your creative connection to powerful programs, technology and tools, and a supportive community.


Eager to spark your creativity? Participate in one of our many upcoming programs and community events.


Spark Central is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and relies on the generosity of its donors, sponsors, and volunteers. 


Spark Central breaks the opportunity barrier.

We believe that everyone, regardless of income, deserves access to creative learning opportunities and innovative technologies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one-third of Spokane’s West Central residents live in poverty. Spark Central offers membership, youth programs, and community events at no charge so that everyone has the chance to explore visual and literary arts, engineering, and robotics and follow where their creativity leads.

Spark Central fills the achievement gap for low-income youth.

We often confuse giftedness with opportunity. High-income parents spend 85% more than low-income families on their children’s extracurricular enrichment. By sixth grade, youth born into poverty typically suffer a 6,000-hour learning gap. Spark Central stands in this gap with programs where youth across socioeconomic boundaries come together and learn without limitations.

Spark Central inspires tomorrow’s creative thinkers.

Schools’ high-stakes test prep comes at a steep cost to the arts and creative thinking. Many extracurricular programs are “pay-to-play,” so under-resourced youth miss out on chances to flex their creative muscles. At Spark Central, youth develop the problem-solving skills and the confidence needed for an ever-changing tomorrow.

Spark Central grows community connection.

By bringing people together for inspiring community events and creative learning activities, we invite volunteers, residents, teachers, and students to learn from and inspire one another. This community builds a sense of belonging, confidence, and ignites dialogue that benefits everyone.



that inspire kids, teen, and adults

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from robotics to books to software



with no-cost membership for all

The free classes and technology that kids of all socioeconomic levels can be exposed to here at Spark are phenomenal.
— Heatherann Franz
Since the field trip, I have seen my reluctant writers working harder on their writing assignments because they know they can do it, and many really found a new love for writing.
— Holmes teacher
Thank you for having such a positive effect on our community, girls, my daughter and more. You empowered us all.”
— Nicholas Thamm