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Cultural Access Washingtons would be used to expand cultural experiences in Washington state
Cultural Access Washingtons would be used to expand cultural experiences in Washington state
Endorsers:

Jill Barnes, Executive Director, Washington Center for the Performing Arts   |    Patty Belmonte, Executive Director, Hands On Children's Museum   |    Putter Bert, KidsQuest Children’s Museum   |    Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Kent Arts Commission   |    Gloria Bornstein, Artist   |    Caroline Bowdish, Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities   |    John Bradshaw, Managing Director, Seattle Shakespeare Company   |    David Brewster, President, Board of Directors, Edmonds Center for the Arts   |    D. David Brown, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet   |    Phillip Butler, Sr. Advisor, visionSynergy   |    Karen Bystrom   |    Ellen Clark   |    Theresa Clymer, Board President, Renton Historical Museum   |    Julie Custer, Pratt Fine Arts Center   |    Robert Davidson, President/CEO,Seattle Aquarium   |    Lauren Domino, Development Director, Seattle Shakespeare Company   |    Chuck Eaton, Arts Center Task Force   |    Paddy Eger, retired educator, volunteer trainer and author   |    Gary Fuller, Director of Accounting and Finance, Nyhus Communications   |    Paul Gjording, Seattle Symphony   |    Nancy Gottwald, Administrative Assistant, Olympic Ballet Theater and School   |    Nancy Halberstaad, Executive Director, Spokane Arts Fund   |    John Haynes, PACE   |    April Heding, MFA Arts Leadership student, Seattle University   |    Karen Hirsch, Karen Hirsch Consulting   |    Melinda Hord, Board of Trustees, Seattle Children's Theatre   |    Cynthia Huffman, President, Board of Trustees, Intiman Theatre   |    Kevin Hughes, Owner, Hughes and Associates   |   

Marcia Iwasaki   |    Brian Johnson, Executive Director, Admiral Theatre Foundation   |    Melody Kadlub-Barr, MFA Student, Seattle University   |    Deborah Kasindorf, Director of External Relations, Seattle Children's Theatre   |    Susan Leavitt, Board of Trustees, Intiman Theatre   |    Alexis Madison   |    Daniel Mayer, Executive Director, Kirkland Performance Center   |    Monica McAlister   |    Joseph McIalwain, Executive Director, Edmonds Center for the Arts   |    Andrew McMasters, Artistic Director, Jet City Improv - Wing-It Productions   |    Anna Miller, Executive Director, Federal Way Symphony   |    Katie Oman, Senior Consultant, Arts Consulting Group   |    Nikki Parish, Managing Director, Studio East Training for the Performing Arts   |    Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Jack Straw Cultural Center   |    Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, Founder, College Success Foundation   |    Charlie Rathbun Arts Program, 4Culture   |    Paul Reeder, Booking chair, Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities, WA   |    Andrew Russell, Producing Artistic Director, Intiman Theatre   |    Gary Severin, Board of Directors, Gallery One Visual Art Center   |    Christopher Shainin, Executive Director, Museum of Northwest Art   |    Elizabeth Stewart, Museum Manager, Renton History Museum   |    Nida Tautvydas, Executive Director, McIntyre Hall Performing Arts Center   |    Bonnie Towne, 5th Avenue Theatre   |    Evan Tucker, Business Director, Intiman Theatre   |    Kelly Tweeddale, Executive Director, Seattle Opera   |    Joanna Vance, Taproot Theatre Company   |    Frank Video, Legislative Aide & Visual Artist   |    Rick Walling, Arts Center Task Force (Tri-Cities)   |    Thomas Walsh   |    Steven Wiley, Chairman, Arts Center Task Force   |    Alexandra Wiley, Chair, Bellingham Arts Commission   |   

Statement of Support for 2014 Legislation

Access to science, heritage and arts experiences advances education, enhances the economy, enriches our quality of life and strengthens our communities. Communities that are home to vibrant cultural organizations are more competitive for high paying jobs and high quality workers, and enjoy greater economic prosperity. Studies show that students who are engaged in cultural activities excel in school and are more comfortable working in diverse communities.

The Cultural Access Washington coalition, an alliance of business, non-profit, educational, labor and government leaders across the state, is supporting legislation that would make this possible. The goal is to increase access to cultural experiences (from arts organizations to science centers museums and zoos) for children and adults across Washington. If successful, cultural education programs for students and residents would be widely available, and school transportation would be provided to these experiences.

This legislation provides access and sustainable funding to enable local communities to connect citizens with cultural organizations and educational experiences.

We, the undersigned, support giving communities the ability to establish cultural districts to fund the creation and expansion of access to cultural organizations, from arts to zoos and from Anacortes to Zillah.

 
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Endorsements

See our full endorsement list. A sample is included below:

  • Jill Barnes, Executive Director, Washington Center for the Performing Arts
  • Putter Bert, KidsQuest Children's Museum
  • Patty Belmonte, Executive Director, Hands On Children's Museum
  • Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Kent Arts Commission
  • Gloria Bornstein, Artist    
  • Caroline Bowdish, Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities
  • John Bradshaw, Managing Director, Seattle Shakespeare Company
  • David Brewster, President, Board of Directors, Edmonds Center for the Arts
  • D. David Brown, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Phillip Butler, Sr. Advisor, visionSynergy
  • Karen Bystrom        
  • Ellen Clark    
  • Theresa Clymer, Board President, Renton Historical Museum
  • Julie Custer, Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Robert Davidson, President/CEO, Seattle Aquarium
  • Paddy Eger, retired educator, volunteer trainer and author    
  • Gary Fuller, Director of Accounting and Finance, Nyhus Communications
  • Paul Gjording, Seattle Symphony
  • John Haynes, PACE
  • April Heding, MFA Arts Leadership student, Seattle University
  • Karen Hirsch, Karen Hirsch Consulting
  • Melinda Hord, Board of Trustees, Seattle Children's Theatre
  • Cynthia Huffman, President, Board of Trustees, Intiman Theatre
  • Kevin Hughes, Owner, Hughes and Associates
  • Marcia Iwasaki        
  • Brian Johnson, Executive Director, Admiral Theatre Foundation
  • Melody Kadlub-Barr, MFA Student, Seattle University
  • Deborah Kasindorf, Director of External Relations, Seattle Children's Theatre
  • Susan Leavitt, Board of Trustees, Intiman Theatre
  • Alexis Madison        
  • Daniel Mayer, Executive Director, Kirkland Performance Center
  • Monica McAlister
  • Joseph McIalwain, Executive Director, Edmonds Center for the Arts
  • Andrew McMasters, Artistic Director, Jet City Improv - Wing-It Productions
  • Anna Miller, Executive Director, Federal Way Symphony
  • Katie Oman, Senior Consultant, Arts Consulting Group