Washington State Arts Commission

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ArtsWA is the Washington State Arts Commission. We are a state agency, formed by the Washington State Legislature in 1961. The Legislature recognized that the arts enrich our communities. Our mission is to nurture and support the role of the arts in the lives of all Washingtonians.

Artist Daniel Galvez at work on his five-part mural "Legacy" (2017), located at White Pass High School, Randle. Photo courtesy of the artist. Part of Washington's State Art Collection.

Public Art

Our Art in Public Places program (AIPP) purchases and cares for artworks in state buildings, colleges, universities, and schools throughout Washington. The State Art Collection includes nearly 5,000 artworks, located where people study, work, and live.

Arts in Education

ArtsWA works to strengthen K-12 arts education as part of, and fundamental to, basic education. The State of Washington recognizes the arts as a core academic subject. This means that all young people should have arts instruction as part of their regular school day.


ArtsWA grants help communities nurture and grow the arts. These communities are located in rural and urban areas throughout the state. Our grants focus on cultural equity, the creative economy, and K-12 education.

Creative Forces

Creative Forces is a national program at eleven military hospitals across the country. It is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

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