Arts & Heritage Day, the all-day cultural community advocacy gathering in Olympia takes place on Wednesday, February 6. Coordinated by the Washington State Arts Alliance [WSAA] in partnership with the Washington Museum Association [WMA], Arts & Heritage Day is an opportunity for advocates to assemble en masse at the legislature to demonstrate the cultural community’s strength. Plan now to spend February 6 in Olympia, showing the state’s leaders just how much your cultural work means to their constituency. Invite your board members, supporters and patrons. Get involved by going to http://www.wsartsalliance.com/.

On the eve of Arts & Heritage Day, February 5, the WMA and WSAA invite all members, legislators, and elected officials to an evening reception from 5-7 pm, at the historic Lord Mansion, home to the State Capital Museum and Outreach Center. This informal gathering is a chance to connect with colleagues and officials from around the state. For more information, visit the WMA website to download an invitation, personalize with a note, and send to your legislators.

Prior to Arts & Heritage Day, the Washington State Historical Society, in partnership with ArtsWA, WSAA, and WMA, is presenting the 2013 Heritage Conference, The Art of Heritage, on February 4th and 5th in Olympia.

On Monday, February 4th, the Conference will feature workshops on Collections Care and Effective Grant Writing at the State Capital Museum. At the Red Lion Hotel on February 5th, the Conference will include sessions on working with elected officials, social media, lodging tax, new audiences, and nonprofit board development, among other topics. 4Culture arts, heritage, and preservation staff will be presenting a session called, “Enhancing Historic Sites Through Creative Programming.” For the entire conference schedule and to register, visit the Washington State Historical Society website.

Plan to spend some time in Olympia, attending the conference, reception, and meetings with legislators on Arts & Heritage Day.