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Creator in Residence

Creator in Residence

We are no longer accepting applications.

Calling all creators!

Are you a visual artist? Quilter? Designer? Baker? Cake decorator? If you have a skill, ability, or expertise you can share with the community, then consider becoming a Creator in Residence at The Lab at North Spokane Library.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the North Spokane Library.


Each residency is one month long. The Lab will host a different creator each month from September 2018 to January 2019.

The application deadline is April 20, 2018.


As part of the residency, the creator holds open sessions in The Lab for a minimum of four hours each week (a minimum of 16 hours during the residency). During these open sessions, community members may enter The Lab and interrupt the creator to ask questions about what they are making, their technique and process, and other topics related to what they create.

There are some limits on when the creator can hold open sessions. Creator open sessions must be held during regular library hours. Some scheduling restrictions for open sessions include public drop-in hours for The Lab, currently on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and times when library events and programs are scheduled.

In addition to open sessions, the creator provides two programs for the general public. Programs can be educational, such as a lecture, and/or hands on, such as a workshop in which participants create something and take it home. Supplies for approved hands-on programs will be purchased by the Library District and the Friends of the North Spokane Library.

The Friends of the North Spokane Library are offering a $400 stipend for each month-long residency.


The mission of Spokane County Library District is to build community by connecting people to educational, economic, and recreational opportunities. By extension, the Creator-in-Residence program aims to provide engaging, hands-on learning opportunities for the community and promote and showcase local experts, creators, and hobbyists to provide the opportunity for the public to explore new experiences within Spokane County. This program gives creators space to practice and apply their talents while sharing their expertise and skills with the community through scheduled workshops or classes at The Lab.


Creators whose medium is visually stimulating are preferred for this residency. However, all creators are encouraged to apply and will be considered based on the functionality of The Lab to accommodate the medium.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and will be required to undergo a background check.


  • Community interest
  • Ability to teach and conduct workshops and/or presentations
  • Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience
  • Special costs or requests associated with space use or workshops


Residencies will be determined by a committee of Library District staff and may include external participants. All application materials must be submitted by the posted deadline. Work samples will be reviewed based on their technical aspects, and final residency selections will be determined by an interview process.


The Lab is a unique classroom at North Spokane Library created in 2017. It is a community-responsive learning space that is flexible to handle different community experiences that rotate over time. The Lab contains a secure closet, approximately 4-ft wide, 9-ft tall, and 3-ft deep, for the artist to store materials on site. The creator’s access to The Lab is restricted to North Spokane Library’s open hours.

We are no longer accepting applications.