Cultural Education Initiative

We're working to ensure that public school students across King County get the arts and culture education they deserve, with a focus on racial equity and economic justice.

Students engage in hands-on learning through MOHAI’s Portable Museum Program © 2015, photo by Erin Chen, courtesy of MOHAI.

About the Initiative

Task Force

Advocates, educators, parents, and cultural practitioners from a multitude of fields and disciplines have come together to guide 4Culture as we work to make cultural education more accessible for King County public school students. Their invaluable insight and expertise make this initiative possible.

Access Program

The long-term goal of this initiative is to develop and implement a new program that will support arts, science, and heritage institutions as they provide learning experiences in every King County school district. In recent years, the need for this type of access program has been highlighted by 2015 Washington State Law EHSB 2263 and the 2017 King County Access for All ballot initiative.


The King County Arts Education Study was completed in 2020. The results will help us understand the state of arts education in King County's 19 public school districts. We'll use this information to determine how 4Culture, school districts, and our community partners can better support 300,000 students in our community.


Initiative Partners

Inspire Washington
Puget Sound Education Service District
City of Seattle Office of Arts + Culture
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Advisory Committee: parents, teachers, organizations, and district representatives.

Additional resources

King County Arts Education Dashboard:
Information about student participation in arts education at King County public high schools.