Local Partnerships

In 2011, ArtsWA awarded five partnership groups with CVI pilot project grants of $1,000:

  • Bellingham (led by Allied Arts of Whatcom County)
  • Georgetown (led by United Artist of Georgetown)
  • Palouse (led by Pullman Arts Commission)
  • Tacoma (led by Tacoma Arts Commission)
  • Thurston County (led by Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau)

In 2013, we funded eight pilot projects to participate. In addition to the $1,000 grant, each pilot team received customized training from WESTAF researchers and access to the CVI database. Lori Pfingst, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst with the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, mentored the teams and facilitated the webinars and convenings. Browse through the project summaries and final reports, below:

Artist Trust partnered with Seattle University to investigate how the CVI might inform of artists’ impact on arts ecosystems.

Arts of Clark County partnered with the Clark County Arts Commission to incorporate CVI data into presentations and brochures that informed community leaders of the importance of the creative economy in Clark County.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County partnered with the Bellingham Public Development Authority, Bellingham Tourism Bureau, and City of Bellingham in using the CVI to emphasize the importance of the arts in the Whatcom County and incorporate the findings into the 2013 My Downtown Bellingham Master Revitalization.

Kirkland Arts Center partnered with the cities of Redmond, Kirkland, and Bellevue to assess the state of the creative economy on King County’s Eastside. They used the findings to collaborate in planning and messaging in these communities.

Renton Municipal Arts Commission partnered with the City of Renton, Renton Technical College, Renton Chamber of Commerce, and Renton History Museum to increase the understanding and awareness of the impact of creative enterprises by compiling CVI data.

  • Renton Municipal Arts Commission partnership: Final report

Richland Arts Foundation partnered with Richland Arts Commission, Kennewick Arts Commission, Port of Kennewick, Rivers of Ink, Art Center Task Force, Tri-City Visitor and Convention Bureau, and the City of Richland to raise public awareness of Tri-Cities arts availability and benefits.

San Juan County Arts Council partnered with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau and the San Juan County Economic Development Council to benchmark and strengthen the county’s creative economy. The CVI pilot project launched a signature role for the Arts Council to build its foundation as a credible leader and collaborative arts and culture partner.

Thurston Economic Development Council partnered with the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Saint Martin’s University, J Robertson and Company, and City of Olympia to build on last year’s project of integrating the CVI into the Economic Vitality Index published annually. The team used granular data from the CVI to demonstrate the significant impact of the arts sector upon the region’s vitality.

  • Thurston Economic Deveopment Council partnership: Final report

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