We are coming to you!

Inspire Washington is hitting the road and heading to communities across the state with our Cultural Futures share and listening tour! We will breakdown the wins from this year's State Legislative Session and ensure you know how to claim funding for your cultural organization, business, or program. At Cultural Futures, we aim to provide you with news you can use. From funding sources to advocacy opportunities, Inspire WA will share all the information you need to know right now.

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Communities include: Richland, Aberdeen, Tacoma, Port Townsend, Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver, Everett, Tieton, Wenatchee, Winthrop, Spokane, Federal Way

All of our events are FREE and open to the public. Please share this information broadly and invite anyone who would benefit.

In-Person Schedule

We are so excited and grateful to our state-wide partners for hosting us in May and June. Click below on your area to register and learn more about your community's event and the additional experiences connected to each Cultural Futures.

*Stay tuned as more meetings may be added to better serve communities.

Virtual Schedule

Can't make the in-person event in your region? Not quite ready for in-person events? Your comfort and safety are important to us. We've got you covered with our three virtual sessions at a variety of times.

Virtual One: Wed, May 18 at 7pm

Virtual Two: Wed, June 8 at 9am

Virtual Three: Tues, June 21 at 12pm

Register for a Virtual Session

Meet your Inspire WA presenters,

Manny Cawaling and Jessi Wasson

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Executive Director

My name is Manny and I'm so honored to champion greater support for cultural programming on your behalf. As a child in Seattle, my sisters and I loved watching old movies with our dad and recreating our favorite scenes from musicals.

Over a long and colorful career, I have made community impact through theatre, arts education, heritage programming, and by leading organizations embedded in communities of color.

My family is spread throughout the state but lives primarily in King, Chelan, and Grant counties. I'm especially excited about Cultural Futures because I love road trips across our beautiful state. I'll likely bring my tent and bicycle along.

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Programs & Operations Manager

Hello! My name is Jessi and I grew up on Tiger Mountain, outside of Issaquah. As a kid, I spent most of my time doing theatre, raising Guide Dogs for the Blind, and playing outside.

My professional background is in stage management, non-profit fundraising, and community programming. I love to paddle board, run, Crossfit, bake bread, and enjoy live music!

My family is spread across our state including the beautiful Methow Valley and Walla Walla! I love visiting rural places and exploring our many landscapes! I am so excited to meet all of you and hear about the amazing cultural programs in your communities!


About Inspire Washington

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.

Inspire Washington

P.O. Box 806, Seattle, WA 98111

Manuel R. Cawaling, Executive Director

Jessi Wasson, Programs and Operations Manager

Madeline Dalton, Outreach Coordinator

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