Arts and Heritage Day in Olympia is February 6, 2019!

Celebrate Washington’s arts and heritage organizations and institutions, and demonstrate to our elected officials and government leaders how important the museum community is to the people of Washington at the annual Arts and Heritage Day at the Capitol in Olympia, Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

In conjunction with this event, a full day of workshops is presented by the Washington State Historical Society on  Tuesday, February 5, 2019.   Lord Mansion, 211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia WA 98501.  Seven blocks from the Capital Campus, with off-street parking.

Arts and Heritage Day kicks off with an evening reception on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Want to know about last year’s program? Arts and Heritage Day 2018 Report

Arts & Heritage Day is hosted by the Washington State Arts Alliance, Washington Museum Association, Washington State Historical Society, ArtsWA, ArtsEd Washington and Artist Trust.

Schedule of Activities

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Workshops – Rescheduled for Friday, March 8
Meeting People Where They Are: Crafting the Challenging Exhibit
Presented by Mary Mikel Stump, Director of Audience Engagement and Gwen Whiting, Lead Curator, Washington State Historical Society
9:00-11:30 AM
Take on the task of developing and presenting a sensitive, timely and thoughtful exhibit on a troubling topic. How do you embed difficult and challenging content into a history or art exhibit? How can you meet people where they are in understanding the darker, powerful stories of our past and present? The curators of “Unlocking McNeil’s Past. The Prison, The Place, The People” will share their experience working on two case studies that informed the development of an exhibit that is thoughtful and honest. The workshop will include a work session for all participants.

$10.00 per person.
Registration limited to 25.

Lunch Time Presentations:
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Lissa Kramer, Project Manager of the Heritage Capital Grants Program will provide an update and a short Q&A session on the grant program and what to prepare for in the next application cycle.
Susan Rohrer, WSHS Heritage Outreach Director will provide an update on county-level Preservation Funding available for heritage projects, with input from the Washington State Association of Counties.

Box Lunch available for purchase

Build Your Own Exhibit
Presented by the Washington State Historical Society Curatorial Team
1:00 to 3:30 PM

What are the revered objects selected for your exhibit? What is homemade and meaningful in a different way? For an “Exhibit of Me” what objects would you select? Experienced curators will take you through an afternoon of exercises that help you fine tune the art of exhibit creation including the elements and principals of design, formatting against a focal point, and interpreting sensitive objects. The practical aspects of planning, organizing, research, and writing will be included. Working in teams you will explore new ways of building your own exhibit with lots of examples of alternative approaches to compelling storytelling through exhibitory. Time for discussion included.
$10.00 per person.
Registration Limited to 25

For more information and to register, please contact Susan Rohrer at susan.rohrer@wshs.wa.gov. Details on lunch, parking and workshops provided.

  • Evening Reception with Legislators 
    Please join host the Honorable Ralph Munro, the Washington State arts and heritage community, Legislators and Elected Officials to an evening reception at the historic Lord Mansion, sponsored by the Washington Museum Association. RSVP here.

    5:00 to 7:00 PM
    Lord Mansion, 211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia 98501.  Four blocks south of the Capitol Campus.
    State Capital Museum directions and parking

  • Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) Meet and Greet 7:30pm Board members will hold an informal meet and greet with the public (location TBA).  Arts & Heritage constituents are invited to meet and mingle with ArtsWA Board members. No host food & bar.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Arts and Heritage Day begins at Heritage Caucus on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:00 a.m.

  •  Heritage Caucus 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Cherborg Rooms A-B-C
    Arts and Heritage Day is front and center at the early morning meeting of Heritage Caucus.  Freya Liggett, President of the Washington Museum Association and Manager of the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center will speak on the economic and cultural importance of museums and cultural organizations in Washington State, their impact on education and community life, and the critical support museum-friendly legislation plays in the life of our heritage and art institutions.Manny Cawaling, Executive Director of Cultural Access Washington will speak on behalf of the Arts community in Washington State.
  • Check-In Table 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Washington Room (downstairs in the Pritchard Building)
  • Orientation / Legislative Briefings 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Information review for meetings with legislators
  • Senate Invocation Around 9:30am. All are invite to watch from the Senate Gallery.
  • ArtsWA & Humanities Washington Office Hour 10 –11 a.m. Staff will answer questions about project support grants, Arts in Education grants and programs, Art in Public Places, Speaker Bureau opportunities, etc.
  • Meetings with Legislators (all day as scheduled TBA)
  • Gathering 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Rotunda.  Performers (TBA)

Attending Arts and Heritage Day 2019

1. RSVP! Click here and let us know if you are coming.

A. Reception on February 5th.
B. Arts & Heritage Day  (please note which districts you would like to meet with)

2. Please consider signing up to Volunteer  Help with set up, check in, and take down is always welcome!

3. Attend the monthly WA State Arts Advocacy meetings.  (Dec 8 and Jan 26)

4. Stay tuned, Find us on Facebook, connect with others attendees and invite people you know to come along

5. Support our efforts and get involved by purchasing a Washington Museum Association membership

6. Download the free VoterVoice app to get more info about the day, see your meeting schedule, and share notes from your meetings with legislators.  App for iPhone      App for Android

Legislative Issues Summary

More Information

List of Heritage Projects

Support full funding of Heritage Capital Fund projects – Heritage Capital Projects Fund 2017-2019 Postcard

Folk and Traditional Art Training Program

Speakers Bureau Information

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Parking for Visitors

Lodging for Arts and Heritage Day
We have blocked out hotel rooms near the Capital Campus.  Book now before they run out