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Make Your Voice Heard in Olympia

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.
Workshops and Reception will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 
Register to Let Us Know You Attending

Congratulations to Edmonds!

ArtsWA Executive Director Karen Hanan and Creative Districts Manager Annette Roth officially presented the City of Edmonds with its Creative Districts designation on December 3. The program was passed by the legislature and signed into law in 2017. ArtsWA officially launched it in January.
"Your community is graced with artists and creatives of all kinds, who were willing to come together with the City and many others to put together a robust public planning process," said Hanan, "We ask communities to aim high and to plan rigorously and that was very apparent in your application."

ArtsWA Creative District Review Committee met in mid-November and voted unanimously to accept the Edmonds application. The committee was impressed with the city's long-term commitment to its arts and culture sector, noting a Community Cultural Plan already in use since the 1990s. As a result, Historic downtown Edmonds boasts a concentration of theaters, museums, and galleries flanked by restaurants, cafés, distillers, breweries, art shops, and boutiques.

"We will be building on what we already have and working to strengthen our cultural sector," said Edmonds Cultural Services Manager Frances Chapin.

ArtsWA plans to certify more communities in the coming months. "Our goal is to certify four to six communities each year for the next several years," said Roth. Washington communities interested in achieving the designation may submit an application at any time. See more info at Creative District Community Application Guidelines to determine eligibility and to download an application toolkit.

Reprinted with permission from the ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission). 

2019 Conference June 19-21

Than you all for your proposals. This year is going to be full with amazing speakers, tours, hands-on learning and lots of professional networking. Make sure to schedule yourself time to join us for the best museum conference this year in Spokane! Registration opens April 1.

More details coming soon. 

Upcoming Deadlines & Articles of Interest


WaMA Conference Scholarship 
Due February 15

Grant Deadlines

ArtsWA Grant Guidelines - Available in January 2019
Guidelines for the Fiscal Year 2020 Arts in Education grants and Project Support grants will be available in January. To view grant categories, a list of past grantees, and to review the Fiscal Year 2019 grant guidelines, visit arts.wa.gov/grants.

ArtWorks Grants Webinar- January 15
Register for the webinar
National Endowment for the Arts staff will conduct a guidelines workshop for potential Art Works applicants. An overview presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.


A New Year's Resolution for Museums from Museum Next

These Museums Are Opening in 2019 from Forbes

Resources & Training

How to Use Facebook's Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations

January 31, 2019, 10 am

Catalysts for Change: Non Governing Boards as Pipelines for Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Leadership
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Survey for Non-WaMA Members

To better understand how the Washington Museums Association can better serve members, the museum community and more, we are inviting those of you who are not current WaMA members to participate in a survey.

We look forward to getting the results from this survey and will be working on a strategic plan for the organization to help us move forward. 
Take the Survey  HERE

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