FY 21-23 Legislative Priorities

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An art conservator from Architectural Resources Group tests reflectors to determine which ones are loose or damaged. Photo credit: Yakima Herald, by Amanda Ray.
Art in Public Places

Yakima SunDome Conservation

The artwork Circle of Light is among the most visible and beloved in the State Art Collection. Unfortunately, half of the artwork’s 50,000 reflectors have fallen off since its creation in 1992. Repairs are needed or the state risks losing it altogether. The Legislature approved funding in FY 21 to evaluate the artwork in Phase 1 of this project. ArtsWA is recommending Phase 2 – completing the restoration – take place in FY 22. We are requesting $508,000 to complete the final phase of the repair. This request has been included in the Governor’s Capital Budget.

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Twisp is one of eight currently certified Creative Districts in Washington State.
Creative Districts

Creative Districts Capital Project Grants

In the 2019-21 Capital Budget, the Legislature funded a pilot grant program that supports small-scale capital projects for Creative Districts. Projects are currently underway in each of the eight Creative Districts. Projects are scheduled to be completed before the end of FY 21. We are requesting $416,120 to make this grant program a permanent part of the Creative Districts program. $412,000 has been included in the Governor’s Capital Budget.

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Creative Districts Operating Budget

The Creative Districts Program helps communities turn arts and culture into economic development opportunities.  There are eight Creative Districts currently certified, with more than fifteen other communities working toward certification. The current budget is not adequate to support the program’s growth. We are requesting $197,600 in additional funds to support the program. This request has been included as part of the Governor’s Operating Budget.

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SWOJO with special guest Christine Jensen, Celebrating Women in Jazz. Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO), Shoreline, WA. Photo courtesy of SWOJO.
Community Investments

Recovery of Washington’s Creative Sector

Arts and culture organizations were the first organizations to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be among the last to open. In an effort to prevent the total collapse of this sector, ArtsWA has converted in existing grants into relief and recovery grants. With additional funds from the federal government and Washington Legislature, ArtsWA disbursed $3.84M in relief grants to organizations in 2020. We are requesting $2,000,000 in operating budget funds to provide recovery assistance grants to the sector as it emerges from pandemic restrictions.

View informational handout here.