Center for Washington Cultural Traditions

A new home for folk and traditional arts in Washington State

  • Rosemaling demonstration, Sons of Norway Bothell Lodge. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2017
    Rosemaling demonstration, Sons of Norway Bothell Lodge. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2017
  • Indian Days Powwow, Daybreak Star Cultural Center. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2017
    Indian Days Powwow, Daybreak Star Cultural Center. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2017
  • Makah basket weaver Melissa Peterson. Photo by Fritz Dent, 2004
    Makah basket weaver Melissa Peterson. Photo by Fritz Dent, 2004
  • Classical Indian dance, Dr. Ratna Roy and Sarvani Eloheimo. Photo by Fritz Dent, 2004
    Classical Indian dance, Dr. Ratna Roy and Sarvani Eloheimo. Photo by Fritz Dent, 2004
  • Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild demonstration, Spokane. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2016
    Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild demonstration, Spokane. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2016
  • John Speer of Shelton, Long Beach Razor Clam Festival. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2017
    John Speer of Shelton, Long Beach Razor Clam Festival. Photo by Kristin Sullivan, 2017

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.

Learn more about the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions by visiting waculture.org or contact the Center's Director Dr. Kristin Sullivan at kristin@humanities.org or (206) 682-1770 ext. 107. 

Learn more about ArtsWA’s previous work with Folk and Traditional Artists.


 

 


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