Announcing SPARK: 2016-17 Artist & Lecture Series

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This year we will Spark.

SPSCC today announced its theme and lineup for the 2016-17 Artist & Lecture Series: Spark—the people and events that were catalysts to a movement that changed how we live today.

This year's Artist & Lecture Series is about getting students and the community engaged in purposeful discussion that leads to action.  Each guest performer and speaker has established a reputation that inspires and sparks audiences in a unique and powerful way.  SPSCC aims to leverage the influence of this season's seven guest performers to ignite the campus and the community.

Whenever possible, SPSCC keeps events free for its campus community and low-cost for the general public so that it can establish SPSCC as a place that invites people to push the boundaries of comfortable conversation and talk about diversity and equity in a meaningful way.

The lineup for the series includes:

Los Hermanos Arango  |  Oct. 17 (was Oct. 14)

Hailing from Cuba, Los Hermanos Arango are a unique musical group rooted in Afro-Cuban folklore and jazz funk.


The group will hit the stage with reinvented forms of traditional Japanese drumming in a high-energy American-style taiko.

Michael Tubbs: Keynote, MLK Banquet  |  Jan. 14

Tubbs will touch on the role of youth in political action and overcoming obstacles in completing education.

Whim W'Him  |  Feb. 10

Seattle Contemporary Dance company Whim W’Him has been wowing audiences with innovative choreography and dance since 2009.

The Donny McCaslin Quartet  |  March 22

World renowned saxophonist Donny McCaslin will join keyboardist Jason Lindner, drummer Mark Guiliana, and bassist Tim Lefevbre for a jazz experience unlike any other.

An Evening with Chopin  |  March 25

In partnership with the Lacey - Mińsk Mazowiecki Sister City Association, we welcome talented Polish pianist Jacek Nazarczuk to perform an ode to 19th century Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.

Jennifer Finney Boylan  |  May 18

Boylan will speak about transgender themes in her most widely-read book, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, including a time to dive deeper through a Q&A session.

More information

For more information about Spark and the performers—or to buy tickets—visit