Spokane Arts’ 2021 Arts Awards recipients are Inland Northwest Opera, Stage Left Theater, Kate Lebo and Darrien Mack

Spokane Arts introduced the recipients of its 2021 Arts Awards on Saturday throughout a small, non-public celebration for the nominees as the total occasion was canceled amid elevated public well being points associated to the COVID-19 delta variant.

The Arts Awards acknowledge the accomplishments of creatives, arts and cultural organizations and native people dedicated to enriching the group via the humanities.

Nominations have been submitted in an open name for group members to submit nominations.

The 4 award classes mirror the values of Spokane Arts: management, collaboration, creativeness and inclusion. Nominees have been reviewed by a panel of arts commissioners and group arts representatives, and so they chosen the winners.


Inland Northwest Opera has been named the management winner. INO was a key advocate for performing arts within the state, petitioning Gov. Jay Inslee to seek out methods to incorporate performing arts in reopening plans. INO labored to seek out new methods to soundly deliver music to the general public. Beginning with Opera Grams in the summertime of 2020, INO spent 2021 constructing an Opera Truck to function a cellular live performance stage and hosted free performances in parks and neighborhoods.

Daybreak Wolski, INO basic and inventive director, mentioned within the management nominee video, “Our mission is to deliver magnificence and pleasure and unbelievable music to the complete Northwest, so how we did that modified a bit, however why we do it and what we’re doing hasn’t modified in any respect. When folks couldn’t come to us within the theaters, we got here to them.”


Stage Left Theater has been named the inclusion winner. Stage Left has been a part of the theater group for a decade and just lately took strides in constructing an inclusive theater underneath the management of govt director Jeremy Whittington, together with new and artistic collaborations and specializing in sharing new and unusual tales.

Stage Left pivoted in 2020 to create performances that may very well be livestreamed, specializing in one-person exhibits and different initiatives that may very well be profitable in altering COVID-19-related restrictions.

One nominator wrote, “The fixed creation of on-line productions throughout the pandemic reached 1000’s of people that had been confined to their properties, bringing artwork and pleasure into the lonely seclusion of the previous yr. Actually, this little theater included everybody at a time when everybody felt lower off and alone.”


The creativeness award recipient is Kate Lebo, whose newest work is “E book of Troublesome Fruit,” a group of essays with recipes. Lebo is a author, prepare dinner and cooking instructor, and her work is united by her curiosity to discover the connections that meals creates and helps.

One nominator wrote, “Her mixing of private essay, pure historical past, folklore and purposeful recipes was like nothing I’ve ever learn earlier than. Kate has been a vibrant a part of Spokane’s literary (and culinary!) scene for a few years, and it’s thrilling to see her attain the subsequent stage in creativeness and creativity together with her new ebook.”


The recipient of the collaboration award is Darrien Mack, whose inventive endeavors span a spread of mediums. Mack is a filmmaker, dancer, DJ, storyteller and designer.

One nominator wrote, Darrien is a “multidisciplinary inventive with a robust dedication to his personal distinctive aesthetic, all the time holding each mission to the best high quality requirements.” His work at Group-Minded Tv in addition to his collaborations with group teams and artists means that he’s behind the scenes of many Spokane initiatives.

Along with the 4 primary classes, the Karen Mobley Influence Award, which isn’t named yearly however is reserved to acknowledge extraordinary affect on the humanities group, was given to Don Hamilton of Hamilton Studios for his many years of labor as a inventive and in his generosity in supporting different artists and humanities organizations.

“Don Hamilton is wonderful and helps organizations massive and small for free of charge or little or no,” mentioned Ben Stuckart, govt director of the Spokane Low-Earnings Housing Consortium and a former Spokane Metropolis Council president, in Spokane Arts’ information launch. “I’ve all the time puzzled how they keep in enterprise as a result of he’s all the time giving. Don is a group treasure.

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