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Ildikó Kalapács grew up in Hungary, when the eastern European country was under Soviet control. Her grandparents lived and survived through both world wars, the Russian occupation of their country and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. So it’s fitting that Kalapács’ latest project focuses on the trauma of war.
Art in Spokane may soon get some new patrons: film junkies, Zags fans and concertgoers. Under a proposal by City Council President Ben Stuckart, arts funding would jump from $80,000 to about $250,000 a year. The funding would come from the city’s admissions tax, an existing charge on every ticket sold to enter a venue or attend an event, including movies, sporting events, concerts and art shows. A third of the tax taken in by the city would go to arts funding.
Spokane Art’s Create Spokane month brings arts programming to the fore.
On Sept. 8, 1858, U.S. Army troops under the command of Col. George Wright torpedoed Spokane-area Indian tribes already reeling from losses on the battlefields at Four Lakes and the Spokane Plains. He ordered his men to round up the Indians’ horses, and on the banks of the Spokane River near modern-day Liberty Lake, the troops slaughtered several hundred of the animals.
Laura Becker moved back to Spokane just this month, and the city she returned to is vastly different from the one she left. As the new executive director of the nonprofit Spokane Arts, Becker says she looks forward to contributing to a thriving cultural scene that she doesn’t remember existing when she was growing up here. She started to take notice of Spokane’s burgeoning artistic community while working in Seattle for the Washington State Arts Commission, a position that found her traveling frequently to her hometown.