Dear Cultural Advocates,


2022 has been a historic year for the cultural sector. This year, the Washington State legislature allocated over $77 million to support cultural programs, which is more funding than our sector has ever received! We could not have achieved this funding without our advocates and your dedication to supporting our asks is what made it happen. Thank you. 

Reopening amidst the pandemic has been uneven across industries, and the cultural sector was hit the hardest. Our venues were the first the close and the last the open. We know recovery for the cultural sector is not a quick fix--it will easily take another three to five years before organizations even start to see a glimmer of their 2019 budgets. That is why we must ride the momentum of our 2022 legislative wins and prepare for an even bigger ask in 2023

We can't do this alone. We need your voice! The off-session time is the perfect opportunity to make meaningful connections with your lawmakers. By establishing these relationships during the quieter summer months, your lawmaker will have a greater understanding of the importance of your work and be far more likely to support you when drafting the budget in January. 

Why is summer a good time for advocacy? How will these meetings work, and where will they take place? What should you talk about with your lawmaker? Watch this video to find out! 

Ready to advocate this summer?

Sign up HERE by June 30th!

We Love Our Lawmakers!

Jessi and Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos

Jessi, Rep. Peter Abbarno, and Manny

Jessi, Rep. Javier Valdez, Rep. Cindy Ryu, and Manny

Jessi and Rep. Brandy Donaghy

When we consistently speak up for culture, we create a more united voice that lifts everybody up across the state. We look forward to working with you this summer! 


Madeline Dalton (she/her)

Outreach Coordinator

[email protected]

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Join the Inspiration League to champion cultural programming in your Washington community! Science, heritage, and arts nurture the human spirit, fuel academic success for students, drive economic activity, expand quality of life, and strengthen communities. However, these uplifting programs are always under threat. Funding and media coverage are shrinking and opportunities to spread cultural joy into every city and town aren’t being pursued. We need heroes to click one quick and easy button which shares your cultural vision with lawmakers and policy drivers. Will you be your community’s champion?
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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, spreads profound impact, and pioneers 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. 
Inspire Washington
P.O. Box 806, Seattle, WA 98111
In development:

Manuel R. Cawaling, Executive Director
Madeline Dalton, Outreach Coordinator
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