SPFD Unveils New Name For The Performing Arts Center

SPFD Unveils New Name For The Performing Arts CenterExciting changes are taking shape at Spokane's iconic urban performing arts theater, currently known as the INB Performing Arts Center. In addition to the $22 million renovation now underway, the Spokane Public Facilities District (SPFD) and First Interstate Bank (new venue naming sponsor) unveiled a new name and logo for the venue this morning at a media conference. The facility will now be known as the First Interstate Center for the Arts.

"The District is eager to announce a more contemporary look to the logotype and name to compliment the current renovation," said Stephanie Curran, Chief Executive Officer for the SPFD. "We are extremely excited to enter a new partnership with First Interstate Bank and know the updates will reflect the District's continued commitment to operating first-class facilities while showcasing world-class entertainment in our community."

First Interstate Bank acquired Inland Northwest Bank (INB) earlier this year and will merge all existing INB branches into the First Interstate family in mid-November. As the naming sponsor of the historic venue (originally built for Spokane's 1974 World Fair), First Interstate will serve as a valued community partner, providing continued support for the performing and entertainment arts in Spokane.

"First Interstate Bank is proud to have our name on Spokane's iconic performing arts facility," said Bill Gottwals, Director of Banking at First Interstate Bank. "It's an honor to play a part in fostering arts and entertainment in the community through this sponsorship, and to unveil the Center's new name and logo."

The First Interstate Center for the Arts logotype and name will begin to be used on digital and print materials beginning Sept. 19 and with more frequency (and on physical signage) as the opening date approaches. The renovation is scheduled to be completed on Nov. 1st with a special grand opening event happening later that week.

For more information about the INB Performing Arts Center visit www.inbpac.com.

To learn more about First Interstate Bank and the INB acquisition, please visit firstinterstate.com.

The INB Performing Arts Center is part of the Spokane Public Facilities District, which includes the Spokane Convention Center and the Spokane Arena. It has hosted a myriad of cultural events, Broadway engagements, and concerts. Formerly known as the Spokane Opera House, the elegant 2,525-seat venue is adaptable for symphony concerts, ballet, grand opera, comedy, country and rock music spectaculars, musical stage productions, conventions, community events and lectures.

For more information, please visit the INB Performing Arts Center's website at www.inbpac.com or contact Ryan Wittstruck, Marketing Manager with the Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center at rwittstruck@spokanepfd.org.

First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. is a financial services holding company, headquartered in Billings, Montana, with $12.2 billion in assets as of June 30, 2018. It is the parent company of First Interstate Bank, a community bank operating over 120 banking offices, including online and mobile banking services, throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. As a recognized leader in community banking services, First Interstate is driven by strong values, as well as a commitment to delivering a rewarding experience to its employees, strong returns to shareholders, exceptional products and services to its clients, and resources to the communities it serves. To learn more about First Interstate, visit firstinterstate.com.

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