Washington Youth Arts Leadership

(WAYAL) Program

September 2022 – June 2023

Are you an arts leader in your community between the age of 16-19? Apply to join the WAYAL Program!

What is WAYAL?

The Washington Youth Arts Leadership (WAYAL) Program is a yearly cohort of youth and young adults (ages 16-19) from across Washington State. WAYAL leaders work with the Arts in Education (AIE) team at ArtsWA to communicate the important role of arts education in their communities. Young artists in the program explore arts and arts administration careers with mentors in the field.

Youth leaders receive a stipend for their time and input.

What will the WAYAL members do?

In their monthly meetings, WAYAL members from across the state learn from experts in Arts career fields. They investigate how arts leadership can impact their schools, towns, regions, and their state. WAYAL members will design and implement a WAYAL project with ongoing mentorship along the way. Possible projects include: Hosting a workshop for educators, serving on a grant panel, creating social media material, research and writing, public speaking, and more!

Important Dates:

  • Application Opens: April 26, 2022
  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2022, at 5:00 pm
  • Notification to WAYAL cohort members: July 1, 2022
  • Cohort virtual retreat: August date TBD (3 hours)
  • WAYAL Program: September 2022 – June 2023

About this Program

How To Apply


Applications to the WA Youth Arts Leadership (WAYAL) Program must be submitted through the online application platform, Submittable. ArtsWA will accept applications in Submittable starting April 26, 2022, through May 31, 2022, at 5:00 pm.


Contact Us! Austin Sargent, WAYAL Program Coordinator, at 360-485-1277 or austin.sargent@arts.wa.gov



Coming soon: Meet the 2022-2023 WAYAL Cohort!