“Working in the artist studio space has enabled me to focus on my goal of increased visibility of Plateau art, architecture, and built environments of local tribes.” – Shawn Brigman, Ph.D.


In addition to public meeting space, four of the studio spaces at The Hive® are reserved for an application-based artist residency program. These spaces will allow artists to take their art to the next level, foster connection, and provide free arts education for the public. 

Applications are currently closed. Learn about our 2022 Artists-In-Residence.


The Hive® supports artists by providing dedicated focus space for them to explore ideas and projects. There are four studios available for artists-in-residence. Artists may apply for a period between one and six months for their residency. Artists-in-residence provide community programming in exchange for space. See the FAQs below.


Spokane Public Library’s arts center located in the Sprague Union District, The Hive® connects the community with local artists through free, hands-on making exhibitions, and arts education events. Four artists-in-residency occupy studio space on a rotating basis, offering free community programming.

At this time, access is by reservation only or during pre-scheduled programs.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am – 7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-4p


Any individual, team, or group who considers themselves an artist, crafter, musician, maker, writer, artisan, etc. First preference will be for artists in the greater Spokane area. Artists must be 18 years of age or older. Additional exceptions apply.

  • Open studio hours (10-20 hours per month, arranged in advance to allow for promotion)
  • Use the studio at least 20 hours per week
  • 1-3 public programs (depending on the residency length). These could be classes, lectures or other. Library staff can help design the programs
  • Participation in an exhibit of their works at the Central (or other) Library during or following the residency
  • Respect for the space and other residents of the building; adherence to the customer and presenter code of conduct. Completion of a WA State background check.

  • High quality studio space
  • Publicity
  • Opportunities to exhibit work in Spokane Public Library locations
  • Networking opportunities
  • Assistance in planning programs
  • Community connection

Yes. It would be preferable if you were collaborating in some manner, but we are flexible. Your application must be submitted as a team.

Yes. The same rules for programs and open hours apply. Members of the group would have to determine amongst themselves who would be on site during these events and required staffing times.

No. The studios are not live-in residencies.

There are four studios available at The Hive®.

It’s up to you. You can pick between a minimum of one and a maximum of six months.

No one will access the studio when you are not present with the exception of The Hive® manager and custodial staff. There will be a security guard at the building at some times.

Yes. Please discuss with The Hive® Manager if you feel we need an additional rider for anything in particular.

No, since the walls are plywood they should be okay as-is. If you are planning significant hanging structures, please discuss with The Hive manager. You will be expected to leave the space free from debris at the close of your residency (garbage/recycling receptacles will be provided).

Yes, but priority will be given to artists who have not yet had the opportunity.

Artist residencies are unpaid.

The studios are very well equipped with, at minimum: concrete floors, a floor drain, sink, counter, mini-fridge, lots of outlets, good lighting, solid walls for hanging work, separate venting from the rest of the building, heat/AC and WiFi. Additionally, 24/7 access (as needed) and free parking is provided. There is access to a kitchenette with a shared refrigerator and microwave. Each studio has a large butcher block table on wheels with stools and a space for typing.


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