Spark Central is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that ignites the creativity, innovation, and imagination necessary for people TO forge the path to their best future.
We break down barriers to creativity like cost, confidence, and access by offering transformative programs, access to innovative technology, and a welcoming creative community for people of all economic backgrounds.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to forge the future they imagine. As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we rely on the generosity of people like you to keep our membership and programs available at no cost so income is never a barrier to opportunity.
Spark Central is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and relies on the generosity of its donors, sponsors, and volunteers.
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.
WHY SPARK CENTRAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
POWERFUL LEARNING PROGRAMS
that inspire kids, teen, and adults
TECHNOLOGY & TOOLS
from robotics to books to software
SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY SPACE
with no-cost membership for all