CREATIVE POWER AWARD

The Spark Central Creative Power Award is gifted to inspiring individuals with Spokane roots who embody the creativity, innovation, and imagination of Spark Central’s mission. These individuals serve as shining examples of what can be done when we nurture our creative power and follow where it leads.

 

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

JULIA SWEENEY
2017

JULIA SWEENEY is an actress, comedian, and author known for her stint on Saturday Night Live and her powerful solo shows. A native of Spokane, Washington, Sweeney went to Hollywood in the 1980s with aspirations of being a business executive at the studios before realizing that acting was her true calling. Her latest book, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother, is on parenting and being parented. Julia Sweeney is first ever recipient of the Spark Central Creative Power award.

Julia Sweeney receiving the Creative Power Award at Spark Salon 2017 with Jess Walter and Maria Semple // January 20, 2017   Photo by Hamilton Studio

Julia Sweeney receiving the Creative Power Award at Spark Salon 2017 with Jess Walter and Maria Semple // January 20, 2017
Photo by Hamilton Studio

 
 

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RAND & ROBYN MILLER
2018

RAND MILLER & ROBYN MILLER are the legendary video game designers who created Myst, Riven, and recently, Obduction. Video games are such a huge part of the culture it’s hard to remember what it was like in 1993, when brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, working out of their parents’ basement in Spokane, released MystThe New York Times called Myst “a new art form… a combination of surreal futurism and old-fashioned imagery that moves beyond cinema.” Wired called Myst “beautiful, complicated, emotional dark intelligent, absorbing, the only thing like itself…” Rand Miller is still developing new and exciting worlds as the CEO of Cyan Worlds and Robyn has been making music and directing critically acclaimed independent films.

--excerpt from an introduction by Jess Walter

Rand & Robyn Miller receiving the Creative Power Award at Spark Salon 2017 with Jess Walter // January 19, 2018   Photo by Hamilton Studio

Rand & Robyn Miller receiving the Creative Power Award at Spark Salon 2017 with Jess Walter // January 19, 2018
Photo by Hamilton Studio


SANDRA WILLIAMS
2019

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SANDRA WILLIAMS is a community organizer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur with a decades-long background focusing on discrimination, equity, and social justice. She is the publisher and editor of the Black Lens, the only African American focused newspaper in Eastern Washington and is the founder of the much-anticipated Carl Maxey Center. She also offers training and Board Development to businesses and non-profit organizations.

Sandy Williams receiving the Creative Power Award at Spark Salon 2019 with Jess Walter and Brooke Matson // January 25, 2019   Photo by Hamilton Studio

Sandy Williams receiving the Creative Power Award at Spark Salon 2019 with Jess Walter and Brooke Matson // January 25, 2019
Photo by Hamilton Studio