Hello Cultural Sector of King County!

My name is Jessi Wasson and I am the Programs and Operations Manager for Inspire Washington, your state-wide advocacy organization for the cultural sector including science, heritage, and the arts. We aim to lift up your vital programs in science, heritage, and the arts and champion more financial resources as you tackle the tremendous challenge of reopening and sustaining your work during these turbulent times. We just had a historic State Legislative Session in virtual Olympia, securing $50 million dollars for cultural businesses and passing critical legislation to support cultural work. We are so excited to spread the world and ensure you know how to claim your funding. Every organization will be able to apply for up to $75,000 from the state by the end of the calendar year.

We are hitting the road and heading to communities across the state with our Cultural Futures share and listening tour! We will break down the wins from 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 and new program opportunities to advocacy opportunities, Inspire WA will share all the information you need to know right now. We are also preparing for next year’s Legislative Session and we want to hear from you! What do you need? How can we help? And how can you be more involved?

We will be coming to four locations throughout King County:  

We envision this to be a wonderful event where the cultural sector of each region can gather together and rally around new and life-changing funding. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please share this invite with anyone you believe would benefit.

Thank you for all that you do for your community and I hope to see you at Cultural Futures!




Land Acknowledgement

Inspire Washington acknowledges that we and our partners statewide are on the homelands of Native peoples, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. We pay respect to their elders past and present. We acknowledge their stewardship, their forced removal, and their continued fight to live on their ancestral lands.

We acknowledge that King County is on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples – that includes but is not limited to: Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Duwamish, Nisqually, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot (Smulkamish, Stkamish, Skopamish, and Upper Puyallup). 

Thank you to our hosts!


Taproot Theatre Company tells stories of hope, serving the Pacific Northwest through live theatre and educational programs.

Attend Cultural Futures at Taproot on Monday, May 23rd at 7pm

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Washington Hall has been a welcoming place where people gather, create, entertain, and celebrate since it was built in 1908. The Hall has been a cultural home to many communities and art forms, and for a long time embodied the soul of Seattle’s Central Area. 

Attend Cultural Futures at Washington Hall on Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm


Pacific Northwest Ballet's Eastside location at the Francia Russell Center creates a refined space for dance amidst this industrial setting, and moreover, a vibrant hub for the local arts community. 

Attend Cultural Futures at PNB Bellevue on Tuesday, June 28 at 7pm

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Our Mission is to advance, enhance and enrich performing arts in Federal Way, ensuring the Performing Arts & Event Center is a dynamic regional anchor at the city center with high-quality programs, exceptional service, and education in the arts for youth in our community.

Attend Cultural Futures at Federal Way PAEC on Wednesday, June 29th at 6:30pm


Virtual Schedule

Can't make the in-person event ? 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

Click to 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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