Marshall Peterson – Photographer, Founder
Founder/Photographer: Spokane Fifty (photographic project), CoFounder: Kendall Yards Night Market (farmers market), Editor: The River Remembers (book), Owner/Curator: Marmot Art Space (art gallery), Founder: PorchFest West Central (music festival).
I returned home to spend time with my mother, Joan Howard. While I was away, my Spokane had metamorphosed into a beautiful butterfly of a town. Amazing people were responsible for transforming my hometown, so I sought them out and featured many of them in my Spokane Fifty project. I felt that New West Central (Kendall Yards) should bond with Old West Central, so I founded a music festival that encourages neighbors from both parts to sit on each others’ porches, listen to music together, and get to know one another. I was impressed by the community-based vision of the Kendall Yards folks, so I offered to work on arts and culture and ended up opening Marmot Art Space. I’ve shown some great local artists there, as well as great community-building projects, but what I’m most proud of is the support that I’ve been able to provide to the artists to help them to have their best shows ever. I was living in a food desert, so I decided to open a farmers market (on steroids). The community responded. My plan is to work tirelessly to pay back those who made my city livable for me. So I could see my mother. Thank you. All of you.