Inspire Washington is YOUR cultural state-wide advocacy organization working with a coalition of people across the science/technology, heritage, and arts fields to advocate for increased resources and support at the local, state, and federal level.

During this time of crisis, science, and arts organizations are in dire need of funding for financial recovery and to restart programming. You are invited to join your local partners for a virtual Cultural Convention. At the Cultural Convention, we aim to provide you with news you can use. From funding sources to advocacy opportunities, Executive Director Manny Cawaling will share all the information you need to know right now.

Together we will work on messaging the importance of our cultural work at this crucial crossroads for our state and communities. We will use our combined voices to communicate these messages to our local and state representatives for the recovery, re-establishment, and growth of science, heritage, and the arts for all of our communities.

These meetings are free and open to the community. We've organized them by county, so you'll be able to connect with other cultural leaders in your area. However, regardless of where you live, pick the meeting that works best within your busy schedule.

On the agenda:

  • Debrief of cultural success in the state's legislative session, including new resources like $27 million for cultural programs and organizations
  • New legislation and funding opportunities, the federal government has provided cultural programming with tremendous support over the last 18 months. What's on the horizon and how do you become an advocate?
  • Listening. Washington state will soon receive $2.5 billion from the federal government and you can count on Inspire Washington to advocate for further support. What do you need and what should we ask for? And, how do you get involved? It will take a broad coalition to secure future funding.
  • Coaching. Your city and county have received discretionary funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. We'll brief you on the funds and help you create your own advocacy campaign.
  • More information about our coalition. Do you want to be more involved in policy development and advocacy or learn about membership? We'll plug you into future activities so that your community is represented.

Are you ready get involved now?

Join Inspire Washington for a virtual Cultural Convention!

  • August 30th at 1pm – Eastside King County (Bellevue – Newcastle) Register Here
  • August 31st at 10am – Central King County (Seattle, Vashon, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park) Register Here
  • September 1st at 10am – South King County - Register Here
  • September 1st at 1pm – Peninsula (Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Kitsap) Register Here
  • September 2nd at 10am – Coastal (Grays Harbor, Pacific) Register Here
  • September 3rd at 12pm – North Central (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas) Register Here
  • September 7th at 12pm – Island (San Juan and Island Counties) Register Here
  • September 8th at 12pm – South Central (Klickitat, Yakima, Kittitas, Franklin, Benton) Register Here
  • September 9th at 2pm – Southwest (Wahkiakum, Clark, Skamania, Lewis, Cowlitz) Register Here
  • September 10th at 10am – Northeast (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Grant, Lincoln, Spokane) Register Here
  • September 10th at 1pm – Southeast (Adams, Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Asotin) Register Here
  • September 14th at 11 am - Statewide (Not county specific) Register Here
  • September 16th at 10pm – North Puget Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom) Register Here
  • September 16th at 1pm – South Puget Sound (Pierce, Thurston) Register Here
  • September 17th at 10am – Sciences (State-wide, not county specific) Register Here