Cultural Access Washington and the Washington State Arts Alliance have joined forces. With an energized vision and new name, Inspire Washington aims to build a broad and powerful statewide coalition to champion advocacy and resource development for Washington's cultural sector. Our powerful union of science, heritage, and the arts, creates extensive reach, profound impact and innovative opportunities.


Our Mission:

Inspire Washington nurtures the human spirit and strengthens communities by increasing access to science, heritage, and arts programming through advocacy, resource development, education, and coalition building.

Our Vision:

We envision vibrant communities where:

  • Our unique and shared histories bring people together, lift them up and empower them to succeed;
  • Everyone in our society has the ability to benefit from and be inspired by the cultural experiences available in our state;
  • Our arts, science, and heritage organizations, from the smallest grassroots enterprises to the largest institutions, have sustainable resources to create wide and deep human impact through their work.


Inspire Washington
Board of Trustees

    • Josh LaBelle
      Seattle Theatre Group
    • Ellen Walker
      Pacific Northwest Ballet
      Vice President
    • Melissa Huggins
      Spokane Arts
    • Christopher Shainin
    • Benjamin Moore
      WA State Cultural Leader
    • Richard Beckerman
      Museum consultant
    • Janell Johnson
    • Putter Bert
      Kids Quest Museum
    • Alejandro Grajal
      Woodland Park Zoo
    • Dwight Gee
      WA State Cultural Leader
    • Will Daugherty
      Pacific Science Center
    • Bob Davidson
      Seattle Aquarium
    • Andy Jensen
      WA State PTSA/Seattle Council of PTSAs
    • Karen Mobley
      WA State Cultural Leader
    • Dominica Myers
      King County Library
    • Steve Sneed
      WA State Cultural Leader
    • Bernie Griffin
      5th Avenue Theatre
    • Danielle Gahl
      WA State Cultural Leader
    • MaryGrace Goddu
      City of Olympia
    • Lorie Hoffman
      Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
    • Latha Sambamurti
      Ananda Mela
    • Preeti Shridhar
      City of Renton
    • Krishna Thiagarajan
      Seattle Symphony
    • Adriana Wright
      Seattle Theatre Group
    • Marlette Buchanan
      Seattle Music Partners
    • Kelly Hart
      Allied Arts of Whatcom County
    • Michael Herschensohn
      Queen Anne Historical Society
    • Karen Hanan
    • Michael Greer
    • Jane Repensek
      Seattle Opera
    • Sarah Michael
      Seattle Art Museum





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  • Manny R. Cawaling
    Executive Director
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  • Jessi Wasson
    Programs and Operations Manager
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  • Madeline Dalton
    Outreach Coordinator
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