Arts and Heritage Day in Olympia is February 6, 2024!

Register now for Arts, Heritage, and Science Day in Olympia on February 6th! Join WaMA, the Washington State Historical Society, and Inspire Washington for a day of workshops and networking. Take a peek at the schedule and sign up today



Schedule for the day –

Workshop: Get your IDEA funded!: Diversity in Local History Grant Session
10am – 11:30am
The Diversity in Local History (DLH) program awards grants for paid internships that support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) initiatives. DLH grants are open to all heritage organizations in Washington State, regardless of an existing track record of commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility work.  At this session we will review past successful DLH grant requests and project impacts and provide examples of fundable collections, interpretation, communication, and outreach (and more!) initiatives we hope will inspire proposals! Stay for a Q&A where we can help you workshop your IDEA ideas.

Presentation: Growing and Strengthening Our Creative Economy: A Strategic Plan for Washington
11:30am – 12:00pm
Presented by Shannon Roach Halberstadt, Creative Economy Sector Lead, Department of Commerce

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Enjoy the company of fellow museum staff and volunteers.
Order a boxed lunch HERE or bring your own.  (Cut off for orders is 2/2/24)

Workshop: Cultural Access Funding 101
1:00pm – 2:30pm
With the recent change in law related to the creation of new local taxes to support arts, heritage, and science organizations many cities and counties are exploring how they might establish cultural access funding programs in their communities.  Brad Richardson from the Washington Museum Association will facilitate a conversation with cultural leaders and administrators from King County, Tacoma, Olympia and Clark County about their cultural access journeys, how these funding programs are implemented, and the potential impact on communities served by the arts, heritage and science sector.

Tour of Bigelow House Museum
3pm – 4:30pm
One of Olympia’s oldest residences and a prime example of Carpenter Gothic architecture, the Bigelow House was built by 1860 and features authentic period decor and furnishings.  Owned and operated by the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum, it is listed on the National, State and Local historic registers as well as the National Votes for Women Trail.  Space on the tour is limited, please RSVP by 2/2/24.

5pm – 7pm
Join the Washington Museum Association and Washington State Historical Society for hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and mingling with members of the statewide arts and culture sector.

Please email Allison Campbell with any questions at