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Exhibitions Events Programs for Adults & Kids

Message from the Director Dear Members, Friends, and Supporters, Thanks to all of you for your overwhelming support of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which closed in May. Over 64,000 visitors – from 38 states and Canada - came through our doors to experience the world of the Titanic. It was the most-visited exhibition in the Museum’s history, and we could not have done it without broad community support from our visitors and many corporate, foundation, and individual donors. This summer we have three remarkable exhibits - all opening in June. Now running is Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. It brings together nine international artists who shed new light on what was once considered a children’s craft. You’ll be amazed by the intricacy and structure of these bold, large-scale pieces. This international touring exhibition is here for six weeks, so make sure to see it before it closes on July 15. Eco artist Sayaka Ganz’s Reclaimed Creations are simply beautiful. Her large, colorful sculptures of animals in motion, made from reclaimed everyday plastics, are fascinating and inspiring. These thoughtful transformations help us to see magic in the mundane and are as dynamic as they are thought provoking. The life’s work of Seattle’s adopted son, Edward Curtis, will be explored in Edward S. Curtis: The Grand Idea. Curtis’s 30-year project in the early 1900s was designed to document the “vanishing” traditional lifestyles of North American Indians. His work can be described simultaneously as visionary and far-reaching, misguided and controversial. Come and learn about this colorful artist and his grand idea, which the New York Herald at the time called “the most gigantic undertaking since the making of the King James Bible.” The exhibition, which is part of a state-wide celebration of Curtis’s 150th birthday, will include objects from the MAC’s American Indian collection chosen for their similarity to items in Curtis’s photographs. A companion exhibition drawn from the Joel E. Ferris Archives at the MAC, Through Their Lens: The Vanishing Race in a Modern World, examines three photographers who worked during the Curtis era and their varying approaches to recording tribal life. Finally, I mentioned in the spring newsletter that the Museum was in the midst of developing a three-year strategic plan. After a seven-month process that included member, visitor, and public surveys and listening sessions, meetings with key constituents, and a series of board and management deliberations, the plan has been completed and approved by the MAC Board of Directors. Over 1,100 community members provided input to this effort, the highlights of which are provided on pages 13 and 14. If you’d like more details, please visit about/strategic plan. Again, thank you for your continued support of the MAC.

Wesley P. Jessup Executive Director P.S. If you have kids or grand-children that want a creative and fun experience this summer, our Summer Camps at the Museum gets underway soon. We’ve added day-long camps to our popular weekly camps. Details are available in this newsletter or on our web site. Cover art: Yuko Nishimura, Shine, 2008. Photo courtesy of the artist. Above the Fold photo: Richard Sweeney, Air, 2014. Photo courtesy of International Arts & Artists.

Exhibitions Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami Through July 15, 2018 Nine international artists push the boundaries of paper to create bold large-scale origami works. What was once considered a children’s craft becomes a sophisticated and often breathtaking art form. Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami is an engaging, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary look at the modern advances in origami through contemporary artwork. Origami, literally meaning “paper folding,” has evolved from a Japanese craft into a highly expressive, global art form that intersects and impacts the realms of art and science. Today, artists from all over the world are folding paper into increasingly elaborate and provocative sculptural works, while scientists and mathematicians are using origami to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Each artist has created pieces specifically for this tour, and their collective works present unique and “above the fold” commentaries on diverse aspects of modern life and art. Support for Above the Fold has been provided by the Johnston-Hansen Foundation and Johnston-Fix Foundation. Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami is curated by Meher McArthur and the tour is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations Through August 26, 2018 Creating energy and harmony from discarded plastic objects, eco-artist Sayaka Ganz constructs graceful and dramatic sculptures of animals in motion that convey a spirit of renewal. Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Her work reflects her Japanese roots and Asian influences. “I grew up with [a] Shinto animist belief that all things in the world have spirits. Thus, when I see discarded items on the street or thrift store shelves, I feel a sadness for them and I am moved to make these abandoned objects happy,” she explains. Ganz utilizes the reclaimed plastic objects like brush strokes which appear visibly unified at a distance though separate at close proximity. She describes her style as “3D impressionism.” “I use plastics because of the variety of curvilinear forms and colors available. I manipulate and assemble them together . . . to create an effect similar to a Van Gogh painting in three dimensions.” Ganz is part of a movement of eco-artists who make a statement about consumer culture by using junk or discard as their medium. Not only does her work prompt the viewer to consider their own ideas about garbage and beauty, it grants new life to condemned material. Support for Reclaimed Creations has been provided by the Johnston-Hansen Foundation and Johnston-Fix Foundation. Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations, Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director, Sayaka Ganz photo: Sayaka Ganz, Uta, 2013


Edward S. Curtis: The Grand Idea Now through September 23, 2018 On the 150th anniversary of his birth, we explore the life’s work of one of America’s most important and controversial photographers, chronicler of the West and the North American Indian peoples. 2018 is the sesquicentennial of the birth of Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). Curtis made his living as a photographer in Seattle, in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Dissatisfied with his success as a society portrait artist, he gradually began to envision “a comprehensive and permanent record of all the important tribes . . . that still retains to a considerable degree their primitive customs and traditions.” His project, a multi-volume work entitled The North American Indian, took him over 30 years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Over that time he visited over 80 tribes, exposed approximately 40,000 negatives, and recorded more than 10,000 songs on wax cylinder. The New York Herald called it, “the most gigantic undertaking since the making of the King James Bible.” The two thousand images published in these volumes, many of them iconic, helped form prevailing ideas worldwide about Native Americans. From today’s standpoint, many observe that Curtis used his considerable artistry to create an Indian world largely of his imagination. He is known to have manipulated his subjects and altered his pictures to simulate a world where native tribes were untouched by Western culture. Yet the photos are of real people and remain a record, open to many interpretations, of American history and the history of photography, and serve as a visual connection to tribal ancestors. This exhibition explores Curtis’s undertaking and offers reflections of modern tribal members, contrasting his idea of “a vanishing race” with the continuation of a living culture. Support for The Grand Idea has been provided by The Broadway Group, Spokesman-Review, Joel E. Ferris Foundation, and Carla Nuxoll and was created in partnership with the Spokane Public Library.

Through Their Lens: The Vanishing Race in a Modern World Now through September 23, 2018 This exhibition highlights three Pacific Northwest regional photographers who were contemporaries of Edward Curtis: Asahel Curtis (Edward’s brother), Frank Palmer, and Frank Guilbert. We examine their approaches to photographing Native American communities and documenting the lives of individual tribal members, and the contrasts between tribal life and contemporary society of the time. Works from the museum’s archival collections will be featured including hand-painted photographic prints, film footage of the 1927 Indian Congress, and portraiture of regional Native American tribes and their members. Curtis photo: Edward Sherriff Curtis, Self Portrait, 1909, Photogravure. Through Their Lens photo: Frank Palmer, The Vanishing Race, Jerome Peltier Collection.

Upcoming Exhibitions

As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition and Plateau Art Opens August 11, 2018 Women of the Plateau tribes are keepers of culture, creating traditional art forms using time-perfected techniques passed on over generations. The exhibition As Grandmother Taught celebrates the work of three Plateau women alongside historic material from the museum’s permanent collection, associating the makers and their work with traditional forms and linking the past to the present. Edward Sherriff Curtis, Rosie Wildshoe, c1910, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.

RYAN! Feddersen: Phantom Lands Opens September 15, 2018 Through interactivity, scale, and intimacy, Feddersen forms connections between U.S. history, her Okanogan heritage, and current events to ignite conversations on place, use of space, and our relationship to the environment. Phantom Lands will feature recent works in a variety of scales and mediums that focus on resistance and resilience in the face of development, displacement, and destruction. Feddersen approaches these topics with an emphasis on humor, play and engagement as a way to create opportunities for personal introspection and discovery. Coyote Bones, 2017 Archival Pigment Print and Cast Crayon. Image courtesy of the artist.


Modern Masters: Group f/64 Photographs from the Bank of America Collection Ansel Adams • Imogen Cunningham • Willard Van Dyke • Brett Weston • Edward Weston Opens October 6, 2018 Founded in 1932, Group f/64 was an informal association of Bay Area photographers devoted to promoting a new direction in photography. This small group of innovators named their organization after the large-format camera aperture, which produces the maximum depth of field so that everything is in sharp focus, yielding crisp, graphic compositions. Modern Masters features nearly fifty works from five of f/64’s members, now known as some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Sponsored by Bank of America Magnolia Blossom, 1925 © 2018 Imogen Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.

The Inland Northwest and the Great War Opens October 6, 2018 November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which ended World War I. The war was a global conflict but it impacted communities across the United States, including Spokane. Thousands of residents played an important part in the bloody fight at home and abroad, and it affected daily life for everyone in the Inland Northwest. Join us for an exhibit in remembrance and celebration of the Spokanites who went to war. United States Food Administration, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Gift of Ruth Farnham

Courses & Workshops Practical Centering: Yoga Instructor: Larkin Barnett

Weekly, Tuesdays, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Museum’s Helen South Alexander Gallery Cost: $13.50 members, $15 non-members Through these weekly energizing sessions participants will learn to experience the benefits of Pilates movement exercises.

Creating Origami Paper Dolls Instructor: Patti Reiko Osebold

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm Museum’s Art Studio Cost: $18 members, $20 non-members Join this Japanese-American Spokane artist to learn more about the ancient art of origami (paper folding). The instructor will explain and show the paper dolls she creates and demonstrate origami techniques. Participants will have the chance to create origami under her tutelage.

Camporeale on a bus and walking tour of Fort Spokane that focuses on the history of the fort from a tribal perspective. Includes lunch and roundtrip transportation from the MAC to Fort Spokane and back.

The Hamilton-Curtis Discussion Presenter: Don Hamilton

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 2 pm – 3:30 pm Museum’s Gilkey Room Cost: $18 members, $20 non-members Spokane’s Don Hamilton was not a contemporary of the famous early 20th century photographer Edward S. Curtis, but he is a modern photographer and filmmaker working today in the digital realm and he’s old enough to have used similar technology, including view cameras and motion picture cameras. Join Hamilton for a hands-on experience working with the wooden 8 x 10 camera that he carried with him through China in the 1980s as he recreates a version of a Curtis mobile portrait studio.

Would Edward Curtis Take My Picture? Tour Guide: Mark Johnstone

Thursdays, June 21 and July 19, 2018, 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm Edward S. Curtis: The Grand Idea Exhibition Gallery Cost: $5 and TNL admissions discounts How important was photography during Curtis’s time? Who saw his work? Was it considered art? Join these interactive guided gallery tours with writer, documentary film maker, curator, educator, and artist Mark Johnstone, who will put into context the Curtis photographs in relation to the entirety of his work – as well as other photography, art and social ideas of the times.

Ghost Signs of Spokane Tour Guide: Anna Harbine

PROGRAMS AND TALKS @ the Eric A. Johnston Auditorium

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10 am – 11:30 am Downtown Spokane Cost: $18 members, $20 non-members Long before the days of neon or digital signage, local entrepreneurs painted the names of their businesses on the sides of the buildings. Although they have faded over time, dozens of these signs are still visible all over downtown Spokane. Now called “Ghost Signs,” they are a window to the city’s fascinating past. During this tour, Anna Harbine will take attendees to the streets of Spokane for a walking tour of the city through the interpretive lens of the many iconic ghost signs still visible here.

Fort Spokane from a Tribal Perspective

Tour Guides: Warren Seyler and Logan Camporeale

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 8:45 am – 3:00 pm Leaves from the Museum Cost: $60 members, $65 non-members Fort Spokane, a National Park Service historic site, was a U.S. Army fort established in 1880 to maintain the boundaries of the newly established Spokane (1881) and Colville (1872) Indian reservations. After it was decommissioned in 1898, as the soldiers left to fight in the Spanish American War, the U.S. Government turned the buildings into the Fort Spokane Boarding School, based on the Carlyle Indian boarding school of Oklahoma, and ultimately a sanitarium to treat tribal members suffering from tuberculosis. Join Former Spokane Tribe Chairman, Warren Seyler and MAC Museum Interpretation Manager, Logan


One Hundred Years after Lewis and Clark Presenter: Allen Pinkham

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 2 pm Cost: $9, suggested donation Many events and changes have affected the indigenous Nez Perce Plateau people, a tribe which has lived on the Columbia River Plateau in the Pacific Northwest for at least 11,500 years, since they discovered Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery in 1805 at Weippe Prairie. This program, led by Nez Perce tribal elder and author Allen Pinkham, explores the clash and affect which took place between two vastly different cultures, one hundred years later.

EVENTS AND FILMS Movie Nights at the Museum

Presenters: Shaun Higgins or Ryan Tucker

United by Water

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12 pm and 2 pm Cost: $5, suggested donation This locally produced tribal documentary, directed by Derrick LaMere, depicts the canoe journey of some modern-day Plateau tribal communities to Kettle Falls, Washington, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in nearly 80 years. The 56-minute film brings to life the reconnection with tribal traditions and to the Columbia River, which once was so integral to their way of life. United by Water highlights a community journey of discovery, and the importance of returning salmon to historic habitats as well as raising awareness on the overall health of the river for future generations.

An Evening with Tim Egan Presenter: Timothy Egan

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm Cost: $20, members $25, non-members In recognition of the 150th birthday of the famous and controversial early 20th century photographer Edward S. Curtis, Timothy Egan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, New York Times op-ed columnist, Andrew Carnegie Medal winner for excellence in nonfiction, and author of numerous books, including Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, will discuss the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history, the driven man who made them, and how his epic obsession led to one of America’s greatest cultural treasures.

Eric A. Johnston Auditorium Second Thursdays, July 12, August 9, 2018, 6 pm Cost: $5 This once-a-month film series includes film introductions, historical and anecdotal information, and guest-curation, by KSPS “Saturday Night Cinema” hosts Shaun Higgins or Ryan Tucker. For monthly film screening titles visit the Museum’s Calendar of Events at No-host beer, wine and bottled water available for purchase.

Thursday Night Live

Third Thursdays: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, 2018, 6 pm – 9 pm Museum Campus Cost: $5 and TNL admissions discounts Join us on the third Thursday of each month as the Museum becomes the community’s evening destination. In the summer months – June thru September – we will offer live music outside in our fabulous amphitheater and the chance to dance, and participate in fun activities, and socialize with friends. Explore the museum galleries and learn more from guided gallery talks. Beer or wine (21 and over) and light snacks available for purchase! Visit or our Facebook page for the latest information on the scheduled bands, activities, and gallery talks.

Free Family Day at the Museum

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm; Family activities 11 am – 3 pm Museum Campus Cost: Free Admission Explore the Museum’s three exhibits: Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations, and Edward S. Curtis: The Grand Idea. Get inspired by the work of master folders from around the world then fold your own origami creation. Make a badge with upcycled materials from Art Salvage including bottle caps, ribbons, and more. Pin your badge on as a reminder that every small action to reduce and reuse makes the world a better place. The day includes more family-friendly activities, a screening of the beautiful award-winning origami documentary Between the Folds, plus a free snow cone!

Dear Old Nat’s Big Band Bash

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 6:30 pm – 10 pm Museum Campus Cost: $20 Calling all hep cats and jitterbugs to join us for a night that will be quite a gas! It’s been 50 years since Spokane’s Natatorium Park closed but no need to lament on days gone by. Instead, join us in the Museum’s amphitheater to relive Nat Park’s heyday for one night only. Dress to impress for the Big Band era, true to Nat Park’s thriving decades of the 1930s and 1940s, complete with a costume contest. There’ll be live music with Hot Club of Spokane, lawn games, no-host food and beverages (21 and over with ID to purchase alcohol), and swing dancing. Come bebop the night away! The Museum’s exhibition galleries will also be open between 7 pm and 9 pm.



Guests of all ages are invited to create. Looking for fun ideas? Use prompts from our activity bins! Open Tuesday –Sunday and included with your regular admission.

Family Days

Join us on July 14 and August 21 for child-friendly activities, included with your regular admission. See website event calendar for more details.

July 14 Family Day

11 am – 3 pm Explore the MAC’s exhibits. You’ll be inspired by Sayaka Ganz’s Reclaimed Creations and by the master folders of Above the Fold. Make your own origami and create upcycled art in fun and inventive ways!

August 21 Family Day

11 am – 3 pm Explore the MAC’s exhibit: Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations then put your resourcefulness to the test by recycling and upcycling ordinary household materials to create unique artwork.

ACTIVITIES AND PRESENTERS July 14 Family Day Spokane Taiko Japanese drumming performance and hands-on workshop for all ages. Spokane Taiko is a performing group that brings the flavor of Japan to any gathering. Learn more about them at SpokaneTaiko. Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers Traditional Japanese dance performance and a chance to learn the dances yourself. The Bon Odori group demonstrates and teaches traditional Japanese folk dances wearing hapi coats or cotton yukatas, accompanied by Narong, who sings Japanese folk songs. Check them out on YouTube. Keiko Von Holt and local Sumi-E artists The Sumi-E group will display their artwork and teach the Japanese art form that uses controlled brush strokes to create striking images on rice paper. Keiko Von Holt is a Sumi-E master and teacher of the Japanese technique, also known as ink wash painting. She also does names in kanji (Japanese writing using Chinese characters) for people from the audience. Read more about Keiko at www.avenuewestgallery. org. Todd Milne – Shakuhachi Flute Player Todd Milne will perform on the Shakuhachi, a traditional bamboo flute. Todd not only performs but constructs his flutes and produces electro-acoustic world fusion music for meditation, massage, yoga, and dance. Learn more about him at Ikebana Group – Japanese flower arranging with Ellen Krehbiel The Ikebana Group, with Ellen Krehbiel, will demonstrate simple arrangements in the ancient Japanese art form of Ikebana. Ellen, an Ikebana sensei, says “Ikebana is truly an art form as well as spiritual experience.” Read more about her at February2013.pdf. Kuronekocon – Anime, Manga & Cosplay Members of Spokane’s anime convention, dressed in costumes of their favorite anime characters, will demonstrate and teach Japanese origami. Kuronekocon is a gathering of people who are interested in Japanese animation and a broader understanding of Japanese media and culture. Learn more about them at Yvonne Cohrs Origami artist and instructor, Yvonne Cohrs, will teach visitors how to fold a variety of simple origami figures such as cranes, frogs, spinning tops, lilies, and more.

July 14 & August 21 Family Days Kris Major, City of Spokane Solid Waste Disposal Education Coordinator Worms Eat My Garbage Yes, worms eat garbage! Or at least fruit and vegetable scraps that might end up in the trash. Learn how valuable worms are to composting, study a worm up close, and discuss how we all can reduce waste by practicing the four R’s--Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

Museum youth programs are offered from June 21 – August 17, 2018, and include day-long campus for grades 2 – 6, weekly camps for grades 2 – 5, and Junior Camp Counselorin-Training for grades 6 – 7. Visit learn/camps for additional details and to register.

Single Day Camps

GET MESSY DAY CAMP (2nd – 6th grades)

Get messy with hands-on art making fun! Discover your creative side without any worry about making a mess! It’s a day-long art camp that’s fun and imaginative! Dates: June 21, 9 am - 2 pm Aug. 17, 9 am - 2 pm Cost: $45 members, $50 non-members

ORIGAMI DAY CAMP (2nd – 6th grades)

Discover the art of paper folding. Transform flat paper into fun sculptures. Explore the MAC’s exhibit, Above the Fold. Gain inspiration from the work of master folders from around the world. Spend the day creating origami in fun and inventive ways! Please, bring a sack lunch. Dates: July 10, 9 am - 2 pm Cost: $45 members, $50 non-members

UPCYCLE WITH ART DAY CAMP (2nd – 6th grades)

Recycle and upcycle ordinary household materials to create unique and resourceful artwork. Collect, examine and discover natural specimens on nature treks. Use natural and recycled materials - bubble wrap, string, sandpaper, leaves, twigs, pebbles, bark and grass to create art. Explore the MAC’s exhibit: Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations. Discover the hidden beauty of the MAC’s five-acre campus with outdoor activities and nature walks. Dates: July 31, 9 am - 2 pm Aug. 7, 9 am - 2 pm Cost: $45 members, $50 non-members

Week-long Camps

Each camp includes a tour of the galleries and the historic Campbell House. Campers will create their own hand-designed portfolios and screen printed t-shirts as keepsakes from their unique summer experience! Before and after care available for an additional fee. See website for details.

Get Messy Camps

Due to popular demand “Get Messy” has returned! Your desk at school or your room at home might show that you’ve been practicing but the Museum is THE place for your creative messes to shine! June 25 – 29, 9 am – 4 pm $180 members, $200 non-members

THE MESS MAKERS (2nd – 3rd grades)

Natural Science Camp Get messy with hands-on science experiments! Roll-up your sleeves, grab an apron, and get ready to use science to create art using gravity, density, and temperatures. Create slime and goo, discover erupting volcanoes, and grow your own crystals. Explore the Museum’s five-acre campus to find that the outside world is messy too!

GET MESSY (4th – 5th grades)

Art Camp Discover your creative side without any worry about making a mess! Squish, splatter, and stomp your way into art as you explore printing, painting, and clay molding. Spend a week creating art in fun and imaginative ways both inside and out! Explore how to mix mediums and see how messy you can get along the way! Give your creative mind a rest by diving into a local artist’s work and discovering what secrets are hidden there.


It’s a Mystery Camps

Join the ranks of detectives by signing up for this camp! At the Museum you will look deeper into art and conduct experiments to find hidden meanings. Use your observations as evidence to solve mysteries all week long! July 16 – 20, 9 am – 4 pm $180 members, $200 non-members

CLUE HUNTERS (2nd – 3rd grades)

Natural Science Camp Investigation time! Who? What? When? Where? How? Solve all these questions by using your own keen senses! Discover the clues hidden inside fingerprints and foot tracks. Decode a secret message. Overcome obstacles to track down your answers! Create your own mystery that will keep your friends and family guessing for days!

MYSTERY SOLVERS (4th – 5th grades)

Art Camp The best mystery solvers are the ones who pay close attention to detail! See how your observations can provide you with clues about how things work. Test your senses by exploring a local artist’s work and discover the secrets hidden there. Create vanishing artwork – only you will know how to show its messages! Experience “Curate This!” one of the Museum’s popular programs to create your very own exhibit!

Summer Camps at the Museum are based on the philosophy that young people benefit from hands-on learning experiences that combine an appreciation for the arts and science with respect for and understanding of the world around them. It’s the mission of our dedicated and experienced staff to promote creative talent, cultivate a sense of wonder, and foster an enthusiasm for exploration of the natural world.

Time Travel Camps

Roam with the dinosaurs by taking a step back through time this summer. This week at the Museum, you will travel through different time periods every day! July 23 – 27, 9 am – 4 pm $180 members, $200 non-members

DINOSAURS TO HULA-HOOPS (2nd – 3rd grades)

Art Camp This week at the Museum will be a blast from the past! Jump into a different point in time every day! One day, play games that grandparents once loved in the 50s! The next day, discover your creative designing skills and build a castle. Another day, watch the dinosaur egg you made hatch! Then snap back to the present and explore what you think the future will bring!

INVENTOR IN TRAINING (4th – 5th grades)

Natural Science Camp Travel through time to discover what the world was like in different time periods. Explore the science and technologies of the past. Recreate aged-old tools, such as a sundial, and learn how people accomplished things without the modern technology we take for granted today! Build and test your own version of a medieval catapult! Create your very own exhibit through “Curate This!”

Junior Camp Counselors in Training (Jr CIT) (6th and 7th grades)

$180 members, $200 non-members Join us this summer to gain experience assisting with summer camps at the Museum! Build skills employers look for in job applicants such as teambuilding, mentorship, communication, and leadership. Camp activities may include crafts, songs, games, and nature exploration. Jr CITs will support 2nd and 3rd grade camps. See camp schedule. Check our web site for requirements and qualifications. Dates: June 25 - 29 • July 16 - 20, 2018 • July 23 - 27, 2018

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE STRATEGIC PLAN 2018-2021 In October 2017 the Museum embarked on a 7-month planning process to develop a three-year strategic plan. Approved in April 2018 by the Board of Directors, the plan involved input from over 1,100 community members and will be a critical tool for programmatic and operational success going forward. VISION To be a nationally acclaimed regional cultural center through curatorial excellence, innovative programming, and by offering an extraordinary visitor experience. We aspire to be essential to the social and cultural life of our local community, and a must-see destination for visitors. MISSION To engage our audiences in the appreciation of art, history, and culture of the Inland Northwest and beyond through collection stewardship, exhibitions, and programs that enrich and inspire. VALUES The Museum’s leadership, staff, and volunteers are committed to operating transparently and with integrity in all matters, honoring our commitments, listening with empathy and being approachable, inclusive, and respectful of others.






You told us that you’d like more exhibitions featuring the Museum’s American Indian collection as well the history and culture of the Inland Northwest. These exhibits need to be dynamic, interactive and inspiring. But you also want us to continue to bring compelling traveling exhibitions, like Titanic and Titans of the Ice Age to the region. So our first strategic priority concerns multi-year exhibition planning that takes full advantage of our collections, particularly our world class Plateau Tribal collection, and develops programs that share the distinctive story of the region’s history. This longterm approach will allow us to seek out and develop exhibitions that balance a range of audience interests, better leverage resources, and provide consistently high quality programs. We will also evaluate all aspects of visitor, member, and supporter contacts to ensure we are delivering experiences that exceed your expectations. STRATEGIC PRIORITY 2

ROBUST COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND CONSTITUENT ENGAGEMENT You told us that you or your friends and acquaintances don’t always know what’s going on at the Museum and that it needs to play a larger role in the life of the community. As a result, our second strategic priority concerns initiatives to increase public awareness, collaborate with schools and other key community organizations, work more closely with artists, historians, and regional tribes, and to keep elected officials and community leaders better informed about the community’s interests and priorities related to arts and culture and the Museum. That means we will expand our communications and community outreach efforts to ensure broad familiarity with and participation in museum activities. We will continue to seek out your opinions and feedback and that of other visitors, members, and supporters. We will involve people and organizations in Museum planning who are key stakeholders in the health of arts and culture in our region. And, you will see more participation by people from the Museum in community organizations and activities.

In order to realize our goals of increasing the number of exhibitions and programs, developing more exhibitions that feature our collections, and improving community engagement, the Museum needs to expand the amount of and sources of funding support. We will create a comprehensive development model, beginning with a multi-faceted strategy for returning to inflation-adjusted, pre-recession levels of funding by the State of Washington. In addition to investing in long-term relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations from the region that share our goals, we will develop targeted proposals that invite support from beyond our traditional boundaries — including pursuing global interests in the Plateau collection. STRATEGIC PRIORITY 4

PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION THROUGHOUT THE INSTITUTION The end goal of this strategy is to ensure that the talent, protocols, and systems are in place for the MAC to achieve optimal results and operational continuity. We will focus significant effort on improving how we do what we do. We will reinforce the confidence the community has in the MAC and the value we deliver through effective and efficient operations, commitment to our values, and routine, transparent reporting. Key to executing this will be a review of our governance and decision-making structure, staff talent and performance development, updating Museum support systems, specifically technology, and creating a disciplined approach to increasing revenue.

Museum Calendar June



19 Practical Centering: Yoga


Practical Centering: Yoga


Practical Centering: Yoga

21 Day Camp

10 Practical Centering: Yoga


Day Camp

21 Thursday Night Live

10 Day Camp


Movie Night at the MAC

21 Would Edward Curtis Take My Picture?

12 Movie Night at the MAC

14 Practical Centering: Yoga

23 One Hundred Years after Lewis and Clark

14 Family Day at the MAC

16 Thursday Night Live

25 Summer Camp

14 Creating Origami Paper Dolls

17 Day Camp

26 Summer Camp

16 Summer Youth Camp

21 Practical Centering: Yoga

26 Practical Centering: Yoga

17 Summer Youth Camp

21 Family Day at the MAC

27 Summer Camp

17 Practical Centering: Yoga

25 Dear Old Nat’s Big Band Bash

28 Summer Camp

18 Summer Youth Camp

28 Practical Centering: Yoga

29 Summer Camp

19 Summer Youth Camp 19 Thursday Night Live 19 Would Edward Curtis Take My Picture? 20 Summer Youth Camp 21 Ghost Signs of Spokane 23 Summer Youth Camp 24 Practical Centering: Yoga 24 Summer Youth Camp 25 Summer Youth Camp 26 Summer Youth Camp 27 Summer Youth Camp 28 United by Water 31 Practical Centering: Yoga

September 4

Practical Centering: Yoga

11 Practical Centering: Yoga 13 An Evening with Tim Egan 15 The Hamilton-Curtis Discussion 18 Practical Centering: Yoga 20 Thursday Night Live 25 Practical Centering: Yoga

15 Board of Trustees Donna Weaver

President & Treasurer

Tim Mitrovich, Vice President

Stanley A. Miller Secretary

Victoria Butler

Foundation Board of Trustees William Hawley President

Jeanne Ager Vice President

Bill Sperling Treasurer

Patricia R. Dicker

Maureen Green

Patricia Kienholz


Tim Merck

Patricia Dahmen Ray

Cece Perko

Trustee (at-large)

Peter Sanburn Debra Schultz Robert L. Long

Introducing our newest board member, Robert L. Long Bob was born in Caracas, Venezuela, grew up in Iran, lived and worked in Europe, and has traveled extensively to 47 countries and 48 states. He has a BA in Communications from Miami University and an extensive background in marketing in both domestic and international brand building and strategic communications. He is currently the Director of Brand Management for STCU. Prior to that role he was the Senior Manager of Marketing and Advertising for Jeld-Wen. Bob has twin daughters, both of whom work in the museum field.

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Summer at the museum Where art and science meet adventure! Week-long camps for 2nd - 3rd graders and 4th - 5th graders Single-day camps for 2nd - 6th graders

June 21 − August 17, 2018

JR CIT (Counselor-in-training) program for kids entering 6th – 7th grade.


2018 summer web  
2018 summer web