arts & heritage join forces

ArtsHeritageFor years, the Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA) has organized Arts Day in Olympia, and, likewise, the Washington Museum Association (WMA) has sponsored Museum Day. In 2011, the two statewide organizations are joining forces to coordinate Arts & Heritage Day on February 1-2, to demonstrate the strength of the state’s cultural industries and to advocate for investment in the cultural economy in the current legislative session.

There are several key issues that WSAA and WMA will encourage advocates and legislators to talk about on Arts & Heritage Day – a list will be available soon here.

The annual two-day event begins at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, February 1, at the State Capital Museum, with a WMA sponsored workshop titled, “Sustaining a Dynamic Museum in a Struggling Economy.” Registration is $15 for WMA and WSAA members, and $25 for non-members. Following the workshop, an evening reception for all Arts & Heritage Day participants will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. at the State Capital Museum. For information and to RSVP, contact Susan Rohrer, 360-586-0166, or

A full day of advocacy on the State Capitol Campus kicks off bright and early Wednesday, February 2, with the Heritage Caucus at 7 a.m., advocacy check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m., and orientation sessions at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. The bulk of the day will center around groups of Arts & Heritage Day participants meeting and talking with their legislators. A buffet lunch from 11:45-1 p.m., will feature speakers and performance.

Join colleagues from around the state in Olympia on February 1-2 for the inaugural Arts & Heritage Day. Register and prep yourself on the issues here.