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 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.
RAND & ROBYN MILLER
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 Myst. The 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
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.