Center for Washington Cultural Traditions
A new home for folk and traditional arts in Washington State
The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is a statewide effort to survey, study, and support folk and traditional arts and other cultural traditions. Through both research and programming, the Center increases access to and understanding of Washington’s cultural landscapes, through both live events and media.
The Center was developed in 2016 when ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission) partnered with Washington State’s humanities council, Humanities Washington. The new Center builds on decades of research and programs run by ArtsWA’s former Folk and Traditional Arts Program, and expands into the broader field of folklife—all the activities and objects that represent a community’s identity and heritage.
Programs will include ongoing, in-depth local surveys of cultural traditions, and an apprenticeship program that helps conserve and continue folk and traditional arts practices.