Access to vibrant cultural, science, and heritage experiences benefits individuals, communities and the state.  Benefits of access include:

Improved educational outcomes
  • Students who are engaged in cultural activities are more likely to graduate from high school and score 120 points higher on their SATs. (Americans for the Arts, 2008)
Greater economic prosperity and competitiveness
Quality of Life
Community-building

Key Benefits of the Cultural Access Program

Increased Public Access
  • Reduced or free admission to cultural and scientific educational organizations
  • Creation of new or expanded programs for families and individuals
  • Increased cultural activities in both rural and urban areas
  • Sustains organizations that provide regional cultural benefits
Increased Public School Student Access
  • Expands experiences at schools or on-site at cultural and scientific educational organizations
  • Leverages in-school education through curriculum aligned cultural, scientific, and heritage activities
  • Funds transportation for every public school student to attend or participate in cultural and scientific educational organizations, every year.
  • Focuses on schools in economically-disadvantaged areas
Accountability
  • Funding sources “Sunset”after seven years unless reauthorized by a public vote
  • Oversight of funds would be by a board of directors appointed by counties and cities
  • Administrative costs of the program are capped by counties

Paid for by Cultural Access Washington, P.O. Box 806, Seattle, WA 98111