Spokane's cultural heritage began with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, who reigned over millions of acres for thousands of years. The name “Spokane” (originally spelled without the “e”) means “Children of the Sun.” The first white settlements began in the 1800's. Since then, Spokane has become increasingly diverse, particularly in recent decades, and is home to people from all over the world. The City of Spokane celebrates its rich cultural heritage and history with observances of Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, African American History Month, and more.
Spokane maintains a strong relationship with its five sister cities: San Luis Potosí, Mexico; Jilin City, China; Nishinomiya, Japan; Limerick, Ireland; and Jecheon, South Korea.
Spokane is also home to over 40 arts organizations, representing all areas of the literary, visual, performing and musical arts. The INB Performing Arts Center downtown hosts many national and international entertainers on tour throughout the Northwest. It is also home to the Spokane Symphony and Ballet. Other notable theaters in the city include the Spokane Civic Theatre, Bing Crosby Theater, and the Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX.