Once again, Washington’s arts and heritage communities are combining forces to take their message to Olympia on Arts & Heritage Day, February 1, 2012. For a second collaborative year, the Washington State Arts Alliance [WSAA] and the Washington Museum Association [WMA] are leading the effort to make an impressive cultural community showing at the Capital during the legislative session. Through a series of scheduled meetings, arts and heritage advocates will have the opportunity to talk in person with their legislators about issues that matter most to them.
Arts & Heritage Day kicks off the evening before with a reception for elected officials and their constituency in the historic Lord Mansion at the State Capital Museum on Tuesday, January 31. The activities on February 1 begin bright and early with the Heritage Caucus in the John A. Cherberg Building at 7:00 a.m. Organized in 1990, the Heritage Caucus meets every Wednesday during the regular legislative session, and is a bi-partisan gathering of state legislators, staff from cultural agencies and nonprofit organizations, and interested citizens. The Heritage Caucus meeting on Arts and Heritage Day will include presentations by WSAA and WMA, showcasing the statewide work of the organizations’ membership.
In addition to meetings with legislators, Arts & Heritage Day also provides opportunities to network with likeminded colleagues while crisscrossing the Capitol campus, and at lunch and coffee breaks. Last year, arts turned out a sizable crowd, and heritage folks added a respectable number. This year, Arts & Heritage Day can be truly collaborative with equal representation from both disciplines. Mark your calendar for January 31 and February 1, 2012, and plan to turnout for Arts & Heritage Day in Olympia.