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Friday, January 27, 2023

Spokane Art School announces move to larger home in the University District

 The Spokane Art School has announced they plan to close their Garland District home to move to the a new space in the University District. They plan to celebrate a grand reopening during First Friday on March 3rd. The opening show in the school's new gallery space will be a Women's History Month invitational.

Located two blocks from the Catalyst Building the school's new home will be at 503 E. 2nd Ave, at the corner of Second and Sherman. The new space is three times larger than the old facility, has a dedicated parking lot and will allow for expanded class, gallery and event offerings with room to grow.

The new Spokane Art School at 503 E. 2nd.

"We searched for our new home for more than six months and couldn't be happier with the new space" said Tad Wisenor Spokane Art School board president.  Founded in 1968 the school has been located in the Garland District for the past 11 years but was located Downtown before. The new space will allow for up to four classes to be held concurrently in larger more comfortable spaces, and long-term plans include a ceramics classroom and private studio rentals for local artists.  

Juliet Sinisterra, University District CEO is also excited to welcome the Art School to the neighborhood. "We are thrilled that the Spokane Art School will be located within the district. Developing an innovative, culturally-rich district around education is central to our mission. The Art School will serve as a fantastic public destination for all ages"

The school's current home in the Garland District likely will be replaced also as the building sold a few months ago to a new owner. The Spokesman Review recently reported that the new owner is considering the demolishing the buildings at 809 & 811 E. Garland for a new building with retail & restaurant space. However, this is not set, and is getting to be older info so stay tuned for more on what might be in store for the Art School's former home.

For more information on Spokane Art School, visit their website at