Arts and Heritage Day is approaching on February 8, 2017! 

This is an exciting two-day event that brings together artists, arts, humanities and heritage leaders, and cultural professionals from across the state. A reception with legislators will be held the evening prior on February 7 at the State Capital Museum – Coach House in Olympia. You are welcome to attend, please RSVP contact Susan Rohrer (360) 586-0116,

After the reception Tuesday, February 7 at the State Capitol Museum the the commissioners of the WA State Arts Commission will be gathering in the bar at the Governor Hotel for an informal meet and greet; the public is invited to join them.

On February 8, Arts & Heritage Day will begin with orientations for participants, followed by pre-arranged meetings with legislators throughout the day, lunch on your own with colleagues and friends, maybe even a performance or two!.  This is a great opportunity for advocates to talk with their legislators about statewide arts and heritage issues and local concerns, thank them for their support, and share specific stories and highlights from our work in our communities, schools, and venues statewide. Your presence along with many other arts and heritage advocates from across the state helps legislators who we are when we talk about the importance of the arts and heritage in our communities. With newly elected legislators and the reshuffling of legislating positions, this is a particularly important year to join your peers in Olympia.

As we work to confirm appointments with legislators, we are seeking advocates to meet with legislators. (If you have never advocated in Olympia before don’t worry, we will pair newbies with seasoned advocates. It is a great way to learn.)

What is Arts and Heritage Day?

Attending Arts and Heritage Day 2017

Interested in a Washington State Arts Alliance Membership?
                               Sign up as an Individual or as an Organization

Let us know if you are coming
please RSVP to Arts & Heritage day and note which districts you would like to meet with RSVP HERE!

Stay tuned
like the Event on Facebook, connect with others attending the event and invite people you know to come support!

Lodging for Arts and Heritage Day
We have blocked out hotel rooms near the the Capital Campus, Click HERE for more information regarding hotel rates and  booking



Day of the Event

Schedule For 2/8/2017

2017 Arts & Heritage Legislative Issues Brief 2-6-17

Master List 2.7.17

List of Constituents 2.7.17

Parking for Visitors

Legislative Agenda

click on the links below to learn more about the issues for this legislative session

  1. Maintain or increase ArtsWA’s budget – ArtsWA Budget-One Pager and ArtsWA Budget
  2. Support the certified creative districts legislation – HB 1183-SB 5300 One-Pager and Creative District Talking Points
  3. Support renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP) – KFinWA_Fact Sheet 2017, v2
  4. Support full funding of Building for the Arts projects – BFA 2017-19 One Pager
  5. BFA Project Packet – 2017-2019 Project Packet
  6. Support full funding of Heritage Capital Fund projects – Heritage Capital Projects Fund 2017-2019 Postcard
  7.  Arts and the NEA Article 
  8. My Public Art Portal 1-pgr
  9.  Washington State 2014

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Come help us set up, check in, and take down and would appreciate your help!


Advocacy Tools

Advocacy Tool Kit           Case Making Tools 
Worry Free Lobbying      Americans for the Arts  



Team Captain Tools

Sample Letter to Legislators 

Thank you Letter

AHD Logo

The following locations have been successfully tested for videoconferencing as of 1/26/17:
•                     Spokane Community College
•                     Spokane Falls Community College
•                     WSU Spokane
•                     Spokane ESD
•                     Columbia Basin College in Pasco
•                     Bellingham Technical College
•                     Peninsula College in Port Angeles
•                     Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee
•                     Central Washington University
•                     Everett Community College
A remote location is not currently available in Moses Lake.