Nominations open:
2022 Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards
Celebrate your local arts and heritage heroes
The 2022 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) program will be presented in November, 2022. Nominations will be accepted until June 20, 2022.

Why nominate?

Awards are a powerful way to recognize the organizations and individuals who make a difference in your community. Nominations are your way to thank and celebrate your local arts and heritage heroes.
Become an Event Sponsor

Sponsorships make this celebrated event possible.
GAHA is seen by:

• 200+ in-person event attendees
• 1,000+ online viewers
 • 12,000 social media followers (during promotion)
Photo: Chieko Phillips (left) and Barbara Earl Thomas (right) at the 2016 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards. Thomas was an Individual Artist Award honoree. Photo courtesy of Eva Blanchard Photography.
Applications now open
Washington Youth Arts Leadership

The Washington Youth Arts Leadership (WAYAL) Program is a yearly cohort of youth and young adults (ages 16-19). WAYAL leaders work with ArtsWA to communicate the vital role of arts education in their communities.

Applications are open until May 31, 2022.
Change Leader Institute

Change Leader Institute is a professional development program. Attendees learn how to support and effect change in their organizations or communities. 

Applications are open until June 10, 2022.
Building for the Arts

Building for the Arts awards grants to performing arts, art museum, and cultural organizations for up to 33% of eligible costs to buy, build, or renovate facilities. This program is managed by the Department of Commerce.

Applications are open until June 23, 2022.
Calls for Art and Artists
Call for Artists | Billy Frank Jr. statue for National Statuary Hall

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist or artist team to design a unique, impactful statue of Billy Frank Jr. for the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Washington State artists and those who have historic, cultural, and/or artistic connections to native tribes are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are accepted through June 9, 2022.

Click here to learn more and apply.
Call for Art | Irving R. Newhouse building on Olympia’s Capitol Campus

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist or artist team to incorporate artwork into the new Irving R. Newhouse Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, WA. The artwork is commissioned through our Art in Public Places program in partnership with the Department of Enterprise Services (DES).

Applications are accepted through June 14, 2022.

Click here to learn more and apply.
Join our team: openings at ArtsWA
Fiscal Analyst 3

We are searching for a Fiscal Analyst 3 to join our Operations Team. In this position, you will provide higher-level fiscal coordination and administrative support to the agency.

Applications accepted until May 31, 2022.
News and Updates
Restoration begins on Circle of Light

Thanks to funding from the legislature, Richard C. “Dick” Elliott’s Circle of Light (1992) will be restored throughout summer 2022. This 880-foot artwork encircles the span of the Yakima SunDome. Its nearly 50,000 colorful reflectors had begun to deteriorate and will now be replaced.

Click here to learn more about the restoration.
Listen now: episode two of Creative State

Each episode of ArtsWA's Creative State podcast features interviews with people who work to make Washington a more creative, vibrant state. Our new episode explores how the arts and culture drive Washington's economy.

Click here to listen to the new episode.
Mark your calendar
June 14: NEA Our Town grant guidelines session
Join NEA staff for a presentation June 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET on the FY 2023 Our Town grant guidelines. Learn tips for submitting a competitive application at the August 4, 2022, deadline. Click here to learn more and register.
August 2-4: Arts Uplift! Conference
Join your colleagues to learn about arts, access, and inclusion in early learning communities. The Arts Uplift! conference brings together early learning educators, teaching artists, and leadership working to expand accessible arts instruction in their communities.
ArtsWA strives to make all events welcoming and inclusive. We are working hard to integrate accessibility practices into all our learning spaces. All Arts Uplift! sessions will be auto-captioned, American sign language-interpreted, and Spanish language-interpreted.
In case you missed it

Throughout May, we celebrated Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Artists of AANHPI heritage reflect our diverse heritage and perspectives through drawings, paintings, cut paper, prints, collage, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, and site-specific installations.
Take a Giant Step, 1990, by Cheryll Leo-Gwin
Arts in Education Month: Public Art

Public art can be a great jumping-off point for active arts learning for K-12 students. Explore our arts lessons based on public art!
As Time Floats By, 2010. By
John Wehrle.
Recent Public Art dedications

Expanding and Collapsing (2022. mosaic) by Dixie Friend Gay (pictured right) at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.

Uncommon Friends (2022, sculpture) by Roger Stoller at Wilson Elementary School in Spokane, WA.
Expanding and Collapsing, 2022. By Dixie Friend Gay.
Pictured (top): Take a Giant Step (1990) by Cheryll Leo-Gwin; (middle): As Time Floats By (2010) by John Wehrle.