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SUPPORT CULTURAL ACCESS IN KING COUNTY
Sign on below to endorse creation of a Cultural Access Program in King County. Anticipated for the August, 2017 primary ballot, passage by the voters in King County would increase access to cultural experiences for children and adults across the county.
Cultural, Science, and Heritage programs are essential
to a healthy community and must be accessible to all.
The Need: Inadequate access to Arts, Science, and Heritage experiences for our children, families, and underserved communities.
Education support for arts, music, hands-on scientific learning and appreciation of local history and culture is in dangerous decline. In fact, State support for increased access to and participation in arts and cultural opportunities throughout the state has dropped from $1.115 million in 2006 to $440,000 in 2016.
Growing inequality for kids and families across Washington, with too few kids having access to the kinds of programs and learning that inspire creativity, and open doors to a brighter future.
Exposure to music education, inspiration at the Museum of Flight, or learning about Native American culture in our region is now determined by wealth or zip code.
Teachers and PTAs shoulder the unfair burden of providing what was—and should be— an integrated part of every child’s learning. Simply put, arts, science and cultural heritage are essential programs that must be accessible for all.
The Solution: Expand access and improve equity
Investing in Cultural Access Washington’s effort to pass a likely 2017 King County levy to offset this lack of funding will expand access and improve equity. With your support, this measure will leverage recently approved legislation that will:
- Invest in local community and regional arts, science and heritage organizations, allowing greater outreach and integration into school curricula and other community programs;
- Offset the increasing cost of transportation and travel that are a barrier to many schools and families;
- Help local organizations bring programs directly to people through expanded direct-access programming.
The measure under discussion would cost the typical King County resident under $25/ year—a small amount for an incredible benefit that will enrich, empower, and improve lives throughout King County.
If placed on the ballot and approved by voters, the measure will establish an independent oversight board and be subject to annual audits. The program mirrors effective similar efforts in Denver and the state of Minnesota—where dedicated funding is making a huge difference in expanding access for all of us.
Please join us!
As a citizen of Washington State, I strongly support passage of a Cultural Access Program ballot measure in King County and authorize my name to be listed as an endorser of Cultural Access Washington.