Terrain deepens its roots for year six | Arts & Culture
On Friday night, musicians, artists and performers will flood a vacant building on 1st Avenue for the sixth annual Terrain. What began as an experiment to celebrate emerging artists has quickly become a institution for both local artists and the greater Spokane community.
“We all got the feeling that this was something that Spokane needed,” said Patrick Kendrick, a Terrain Co-Founder. “There wasn't a ton of collaboration.”
Collaboration is what Terrain is all about . The group of founders were all part of different aspects of the art community in Spokane and wanted to bring those groups together. Kendrick is connected with local bands and musicians in the area while Ginger Ewing, another co-founder, was familiar with local artists.
“It was kind of as experiment,” said Ewing. “I think we're still in awe.”
In it's sixth year, Terrain has grown from an event that attracted around 200 people to one floor of exhibits to having over 5,000 visitors in one night with displays on three floors of the empty building. The name Terrain was chosen to capture the map of the art community and diversity of those who enjoy it.
On Friday night over 100 works of art will be on display alongside musical acts, theater performances and literature and poetry readings. Last year, the literature park was added with live sod brought in to create the feeling of being in an actual park. This year, Terrain will add a theater to show short film selections.
“Each year we try to improve upon something,” said Ewing. “I hope that people recognize a more sophisticated event.”
In addition to the size of the event growing, Ewing said that the quality of the submissions they receive has grown as well. Terrain is also growing up out of it's experimental stage and laying down roots to continue it's growth. When it started it was done all of the pockets of the founders and volunteers, now the event is being sponsored by Global Credit Union and the Bing Crosby Theater.
“We could not have grown as we have without their support,” said Kendrick. However, it's not just the financial support from Global that's been vital to the success of Terrain. The organizers have seen a great out pouring of support from local businesses over the last six years that is fueling this year's theme of We All Build This.
“It's absolutely impossible to do it without them,” said Kendrick. The old Music City building, which has sat empty for upwards of 20 years, is now being referred to as the Terrain building and is donated every year by the property owners. Other aspects such as the equipment for the theater, sod for the literature park and kegs for the bar are all donated.
“It makes a huge difference,” said Kendrick.
Terrain has established a board of directors to make sure that the event keeps going and increasing it's reach both within Spokane and across the Northwest. Ewing said we have something special in Terrain and something to take pride in. She believes an event like Terrain wouldn't be possible in the cities we like to compare ourselves to.
“We're starting to take ourselves seriously as a city” said Ewing, adding that in a larger city it would have taken Terrain much longer to become what it is now, if it happened at all.
Two hours in to the very first Terrain Ewing knew that they had tapped into something that was ready to thrive in Spokane. Six years later she still hopes that when the doors open on Friday night people will be there to make it fun, exciting and to participate in the collaboration of art they set out to create.
“I just hope people show up and have a good time,” said Ewing.
Terrain kicks off on Friday, October 4th at 5:30 pm at 1011 W. First Ave. in Downtown Spokane. The event is open and free to all ages. For more information on Terrain click HERE.
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