Help Shape Cultural Access Washington

Students attend a field trip at the Burke Museum, 2011. Image courtesy of the Burke.
Students attend a field trip at the Burke Museum, 2011. Image courtesy of the Burke.

After nearly seven years of work by a wide coalition of Washington State cultural organizations and leaders, a bill called Cultural Access Washington (CAWA) passed through the state legislature last summer, making a path for a public vote. The bill would use funds generated by a small sales tax increase to make cultural experiences of all kinds more accessible to Washingtonians.

Help make CAWA as strong as it can be! Before seeking voter approval, cultural organizations from all over the region will be tackling the bill through five main components, and discussing them at public meetings happening this month. You are invited to attend these meetings and give your input on what will eventually be the CAWA funding program! The full schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 24, 3:00 pm
Burien Community Center
Discussion points: Defining eligibility to ensure equity is the highest priority, funding the greatest number of cultural organizations possible under existing legislation.

Wednesday, August 24, 1:00 pm
Renton Highlands King County Library
Discussion points: Distributing the educational funds in the most effective way, supporting the most effective opportunities for learning both in and out of the classroom.

Community Organizations and Initiatives – combined meeting
Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 am
Carco Theatre
Discussion points: Using CAWA funds as a catalyst for change and better practices in the cultural sector, defining eligibility to allow the greatest access to funding for organizations and individuals.

Regional Organizations
Tuesday, August 30, 3:00 pm
Woodland Park Zoo
Discussion points: Reporting and eligibility requirements, developing a shared definition of public access/public benefit.

Full Convening – Public Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 4-6:00 pm
Washington Hall
The First Draft of  CAWA program recommendations and framework will be presented for review and feedback.

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