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About Cultural Futures:

Cultural Futures is a FREE funding, policy, and advocacy workshop for cultural businesses and supporters!

This spring, we invite you to join your local partners for Cultural Futures! Cultural Futures is Inspire Washington’s annual post-State Legislative Session tour when we visit communities to share what happened during the 2024 Legislative Session. It's our job to alert you to new funding and policy opportunities.


Why is this work important?

The 2025 Legislative Session is ramping up to be a BIG one! We anticipate many new objectives for each of our sectors—science, heritage, and the arts. Without new advocates and active engagement across the state, these large funding requests will be very challenging to secure. If you have thought about getting involved in the past but haven't yet participated, now is the time! With Inspire Washington, cultural advocacy is easy, fun, collaborative, and inspiring!

With eight new locations (looking at you, Coupeville, Bremerton, Goldendale, Vashon, Longview, Newport, Moses Lake, and Ellensburg!), 30 total to choose from, plus three virtual options— there is a Cultural Futures event for everyone in Washington! These meetings are free and open to the public. We've organized them by region, so you'll be able to connect with other cultural leaders in your area. However, regardless of where you live, pick the meeting that works best within your busy schedule.


On the agenda:

  • New Funding & Policies - We will break down the wins and successes of the Legislative Session and the opportunities for your work.
  • Overview of Washington's Cultural Access Program and next steps for your community.
  • Coalition Building - The 2025 Legislative Session is going to be huge for our sector and we will need to double our coalition of advocates to secure our big requests for science, heritage, and arts programs.
  • Grant opportunities - ArtsWA, Humanities WA, USDA, community projects, Capital Funding, Federal Opportunities, and much more!
  • Listening - What do you need and what should we advocates for? How do you get involved? It will take a broad coalition to secure future funding.
  • About Our Coalition - Do you want to be more involved in policy development and advocacy or learn about partnership? We'll plug you into future activities so that your community is represented.


In Person Tour Schedule (click on the city to register)

Friday Harbor        April 23 @ 7pm San Juan Island Library
Eastsound April 24 @ 3pm Orcas Center
Bellingham April 25 @ 12pm  Mount Baker Theatre
Coupeville April 25 @ 7pm Pacific NW Art School
Longview April 30 @ 7pm Columbia Theatre Association
Vancouver May 1 @ 6:30pm           Clark County Historical Museum
Kenmore May 2 @ 2:30pm Hangar at Kenmore Town Square
Tacoma May 7 @ 7pm Tacoma Little Theatre
Olympia May 8 @ 7pm Olympia Family Theatre
Aberdeen May 9 @ 7pm Driftwood Players
Spokane May 14 @ 11am Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture          
Chewelah May 14 @ 7pm Chewelah Center for the Arts
Newport May 15 @ 6pm Pend Orielle Players
Pullman May 16 @ 7pm Regional Theatre of the Palouse
Winthrop May 21 @ 6pm Winthrop Library
Wenatchee May 22 @ 12pm Historic Wells House
Moses Lake May 22 @ 7pm Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
Ellensburg May 23 @ 11am Gallery One
Bremerton June 4 @ 7pm Admiral Theatre
Port Townsend                June 5 @ 1pm Fort Worden State Park
Port Angeles June 5 @ 7pm Field Arts & Events Hall
Yakima June 11 @ 11am Capitol Theatre
Tri-Cities June 11 @ 7pm REACH Museum
Walla Walla June 12 @ 3pm Fort Walla Walla Museum
Goldendale June 13 @ 6pm Maryhill Museum of Art
Everett June 17 @ 11am Schack Art Center
Vashon June 17 @ 6:30pm               Vashon Center for the Arts
Seattle June 18 @ 3pm Seattle Rep
Auburn June 20 @ 12pm White River Valley Musuem
Bellevue June 21 @ 3pm Bellevue PNB


Virtual Tour Schedule:

Can't make the in-person event ? Not quite ready for in-person events? Your comfort and safety are important to us. We've got you covered with our three virtual sessions!

Virtual 1

May 30 @ 9am

Virtual 2

May 30 @ 7pm

Virtual 3      

May 31 @ 12:30pm


Cultural Futures Resources 

  • Watch the 2024 virtual Cultural Futures presentation: click here
  • Download the 2024 Cultural Futures powerpoint presentation
  • Download the 2024 Cultural Futures one sheet
  • Please fill out our attendee survey so that we can continue to support you and your needs in the 2025 Legislative Session! Click here.
  • WA’s Creative Economy Strategic Plan: click here
  • Cultural Access resources: click here
  • Inspire Washington Open Virtual Office Hours
    • Date: May 24 and June 14 at 12:30pm
    • About: Join us for drop-in office hours to ask questions and get more info!
    • Register: Click here for May 24
    • Register: Click here for June 14
  • Download the 2022 or 2023 Cultural Futures Reports: click here

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