Northwest Passages is an exciting new chapter for The Spokesman-Review, one of the last great family-owned newspapers in America. We are based in Spokane, a vibrant literary and college town and the second largest city in Washington state.
Yes, we are on a mission to get people reading – and talking. Every month, we host evenings of words, wine and live music with nationally known authors, innovators and newsmakers. We invite the community to share a “Common Read.”
Our goal is to build a world-class storytelling series and community forum. We also want to keep general admission ticket prices low, many events have been free, so that anyone who wants to attend can join the conversation.
We see Northwest Passages as a vital part of The Spokesman-Review’s community engagement efforts. The forum began on a shoestring in October 2017 and we now collaborate with libraries, colleges, nonprofits, schools, local businesses and the Innovia Foundation (previously the Inland Northwest Community Foundation). The new Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund, established at Innovia by a local donor, directly supports Northwest Passages.
The best part: The community response has been overwhelming. Tickets disappear fast. Event surveys come back with four-star reviews and pleas for more community events. “Your series is a successful combination of intellect, art, kitsch, and fun—and a solid contribution to Spokane’s cultural life,” says former Washington state poet laureate Tod Marshall.
Clearly we’re onto something!
We welcome sponsors to help us grow. You can contribute to Northwest Passages online at the Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund (see instructions below). Or message firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Sponsors will be recognized online and at events.
To contribute, visit Innovia's Give Now page and select "Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund" from the list of options. Your contribution directly supports Northwest Passages.
Note: Northwest Passages hosts events open to the general public. In the interest of full disclosure and transparency, we want to clearly state that any sponsorships or contributions are solely in support of community forums; sponsorships do not include any control or influence over the newspaper's editorial operations.