Creative State

Creative State is the official podcast of ArtsWA, the Washington State Arts Commission. Episodes feature interviews with voices from arts, culture, and heritage from across the state.

Each episode features:

  • An interview with a Governor’s Arts & Heritage honoree
  • An interview with an ArtsWA Program Manager
  • A segment from Gabriella Smith, the Vet Corps Navigator for our Wellness, Arts, and the Military Program

For more information about Creative State, contact ArtsWA Communications Manager Michael Wallenfels at: michael.wallenfels@arts.wa.gov

In this bonus episode, we sit down with Shannon Halberstadt to discuss the Working Washington Grants: Round 5 and Convention Center Grants programs – and why it’s important for everyone who is eligible to apply by September 9. Shannon is the Creative Economy Sector Lead for the Department of Commerce.

Learn more and apply at commercegrants.com.

Episode 3: Arts, Community, and Wellbeing | In this episode, we speak with Akuyea Karen Vargas and incoming CWCT Director Thomas Richardson. For the final segment, Gabriella Smith speaks with MusicWorks4Veterans’ John Selzler.

Note on content: in our conversation with Akuyea, she shares a story in which she quotes a racial slur that was directed at a member of her family.

Episode 2: Community Development in the Arts | How can the arts support communities and the economy? We speak with Spokane Valley Summer Theatre Director of Development Marnie Rorholm, ArtsWA Community Development Manager Annette Roth, and Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier. For the final segment, you’ll hear Gabriella Smith, our Vet Corps Navigator for the Wellness, Arts, and the Military Program, speak with author and U.S. Army Veteran Michelle Murray.

Episode 1: National Poetry Month | In the inaugural Creative State, we speak with Gallery One Executive Director Monica Miller, ArtsWA’s Poetry Out Loud Manager Judy Cullen, and Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. For the final segment, you’ll hear Gabriella Smith, our Vet Corps Navigator for the Wellness, Arts, and the Military Program, speak with Olympia Poet Laureate Ashly McBunch.