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Table of Contents This report presents stories and information about our programs and efforts during Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019). Executive Director’s Message
ArtsWA’s Mission, Vision, Values
Art in Public Places Program
Care of the State Art Collection
My Public Art Portal
Grants to Organizations Program
Certified Creative Districts Program
Arts In Education Program
Teaching Artists Training Lab
Poetry Out Loud
Washington State Poet Laureate
Center for Washington Cultural Traditions
Creative Forces Arts Healing
Expanding Access to the Arts for All
Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards
ArtsWA FY 2019 By The Numbers
ArtsWA Staff & Commissioners
View an interactive map of ArtsWA programs, grants, and activity locations across Washington State in FY 2019
Executive Director’s Message Dear colleagues and friends, The work we do at the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is based on our belief that arts, humanities, and creative endeavors are an integral part of the lives of every Washingtonian. In this report, we look at how the work of our agency increased access to the arts across Washington State during fiscal year 2019. Our programs worked diligently to build their capacity to serve our constituents. Our programs made a concerted effort to reach out to new groups and organizations, particularly in rural regions and to underserved populations. Fiscal Year 2019 was an impactful year for our agency, with much success. We completed a five-year goal: to place every artwork in Washington’s State Art Collection online in “My Public Art Portal”. Now, all 4800+ artworks are viewable by the public. They can explore images of art in the Collection,learn about the artworks, and their artists, and browse lesson plans. Our Creative Districts program received an award from Washington Economic Development Association for its innovative approach to economic development. Our Grants to Organizations program created a new fund called Snap Grants, which focuses on small organizations and those new to our agency, and often public funding. And our Art in Public Places program created its first direct partnership with a tribal
government on a project at Enumclaw High School. Our state Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, brought poetry to the lives of more than 8,150 residents with poetry readings held in 22 counties. The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions completed its inaugural Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program (HAAP). And our Creative Forces made preparations to host Creative Forces Summit II, a deep dive training for artists, arts organizations and other interested community leaders. Our agency had non-programmatic successes during the fiscal year as well. We completed a year-long overhaul of our agency website at the end of FY 19. Additionally, our agency was granted an additional $1.26 million in new programmatic funding during the legislative session for the next biennium. This new funding will allow us to reach new and underserved populations. My warmest thanks and appreciation go to the committed staff at ArtsWA. I would like to acknowledge the support of our Board of Commissioners, partners, funders and legislators who work tirelessly with us to build capacity so we can increase access to the arts across Washington State. Thank you,
Karen J. Hanan Executive Director, Washington State Arts Commission For more information please visit arts.wa.gov | Page 3
ArtsWA Staff and Board of Commissioners at ArtsWA’s annual summer board meeting. ArtsWA holds four meetings each year for commissioners, who represent all corners of the state. They come together and help set priorities and direction for the agency. Photo courtesy of ArtsWA.
ArtsWA Values: The Public Value of the Arts • The arts impact our lives and develop strong schools, communities, and economies. • The arts are an essential component of basic education for all students. • The state’s artistic resources are vital to Washington’s identity and worthy of preservation. • Public art is an essential, integral part of the state’s built-environment. • Artistic excellence is central meaningful arts experiences.
The Arts as a Catalyst for Inclusiveness, Social Equity, and Racial Justice • All Washingtonians should have access to and engagement with the arts.
• We seek diversity of perspectives and backgrounds in our committees, staff, and board. • We support diverse forms of artistic expression. Leadership in and for the Arts • We support arts organizations, artists, and arts participants statewide. • We are accountable to the public and our stakeholders. • We invest in effective strategies that align with statewide goals and priorities. • We develop partnerships and collaborations to leverage expertise and resources. • We operate with flexibility, innovation, integrity, and creativity.
• The arts create social bonds and amplify voices across all populations.
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Mission Statement The Arts Commission is a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state.
Vision Statement The arts thrive and are celebrated throughout Washington State, and are woven into the fabric of vital and vibrant communities. Goal 1: Expand arts participation in communities across Washington State, with a focus on cultural equity, to ensure all people have access to the arts. Goal 2: Build leadership and resources in and for the arts.
The mission of the Washington State Arts Commission is to nurture and support the role of the arts in the lives of Washington State’s 7.5 million residents. ArtsWA values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe in diverse forms of artistic expression. ArtsWA promotes and documents the public value of the arts. Our programs improve the quality of life, preserve cultural heritage, foster children’s success in school, drive the economy, and help people thrive.
Notes and action items that were developed at an ArtsWA planning retreat. These planning sessions help guide the activities and direction of the agency. Photo by ArtsWA.
Goal 3: Activate and enhance public buildings and campuses through the acquisition, stewardship, and presentation of the State Art Collection. Goal 4: Strengthen arts education as part of and fundamental to K-12 basic education. Goal 5: Advance efficient, effective, and relevant practices across all agency programs and services.
Crosscutting Objective Increase our specific and intentional efforts around social justice by ensuring that ArtsWA-funded activities and work are reflective of Washington’s diverse populations including cultural diversity, artistic disciplines, geographic locations, and underserved populations.
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A section of Vaughn Bell’s “All the Rivers of the World, Tacoma”. Vaughn installed the work in 2019 along the Prairie Line Trail on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. Vaughn’s process included participation from the community.
Art in Public Places Program The Art in Public Places program (AIPP) acquires and cares for artwork at K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies throughout Washington. While over half the nation’s states have public art programs, AIPP is viewed as a leader because of its history, diversity, emphasis on local decision-making, and strong collection care practices. Established in 1974 and funded by ½ of 1 percent of the state’s portion of construction costs, the State Art Collection now includes nearly 5,000 artworks placed where people work, study, and live.
Acquisitions We constantly strive to increase access to the arts through our Art in Public Places program. To raise geographic access across our state, we’ve added criteria to our K-12 pooling applications to favor underserved districts’ chances of receiving a public art project. We’re diversifying the pool of artists we work with by expanding our Page 6 | Washington State Arts Commission Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report
methods and outreach for artist selection. We’re also transforming the way we work by supporting increased collaboration between our commissioned artists and communities. Vaughn Bell, All the Rivers of the World, Tacoma Vaughn Bell’s All the Rivers of the World, Tacoma, runs along the Prairie Line Trail, through the heart of the University of Washington Tacoma. Vaughn imagined the sculpture through participatory art activities held on campus. The UWT community includes many international students and immigrants. Reflecting on the importance of the Puyallup River as a lifeline to the region, now and to the First Peoples, she asked people to give names of rivers with personal meaning. The resulting artwork is a “river of words” in which all the names come together to create a larger whole. It spans 270 feet, with roughly 100 river names in many languages including Chinese, Korean,
Arabic, Somali, and Spanish. Vaughn worked with the Puyallup tribe to translate “Puyallup River” and “Tahoma” (or Mt. Rainier, the source of the Puyallup) into Lushootseed, displayed large on the first and last panels. Kenji Stoll at Western State Hospital’s Echo Glen Female Acute Mental Health Unit This spring, artist Kenji Stoll began a socially engaged process of working with the residents of Western State Hospital’s Echo Glen Female Acute Mental Health Unit. First, he worked with staff to plan an Open House Social in June where residents met the artist, learned about the project, and gave input. There were art activities and a special menu of marinated chicken wings, kabobs, and Mexican street corn. Residents suggested topics for a series of workshops held in August. The workshops were meant to be a creative outlet and an opportunity to connect to interests they might explore in their future outside of the unit. Guest facilitators who specialize in working with marginalized or vulnerable populations led the workshops. Topics included self-care, music, and visual art. Each workshop ended with a special meal and a reflective component that will help guide Stoll’s creative process towards developing a future permanent public art project for the State Art Collection at Echo Glen.
held an open call to supplement our Public Artist Roster. This resulted in the school choosing the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s Culture Department as an artist team for the project. ArtsWA is currently working with the Tribe directly to commission an artwork with lead artists Tyson Simmons and Keith Stevenson. This is AIPP’s first direct partnership with a Tribal Government to commission new artwork.
Echo Glen residents paint each other’s nails during a SelfCare Workshop conducted as part of Kenji Stoll’s socially engaged process for developing a proposal for a permanent public art project at the Echo Glen Female Acute Mental Health Unit.
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Enumclaw High School Enumclaw High School wanted an artwork that would reflect their partnership with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. To widen the pool of qualified artists available, we For more information please visit arts.wa.gov | Page 7
Care of the State Art Collection The State Art Collection includes 4,800 artworks, located in public places across Washington. Projects included artwork maintenance, conservation, artwork reframing, and installations.
ArtsWA staff and a contractor prepare Here and There (1987) by Carl Chew for display. This artwork and twenty-three others enliven the Office of the State Auditor, which receives visitors from public agencies across Washington. Photo by ArtsWA.
Maintenance Highlight Lawrence Ahvakana’s artwork Young Drummer (1986) celebrates the artist’s Inupiat (Native Alaskan) culture. It honors the next generation of drummers and singers. Ahvakana describes them as “caretakers of my people’s history and cultural ways.” The artwork has been on display in the courtyard of Samantha Smith Elementary (Sammamish) for more than 25 years. It needed significant cleaning. Conservator Tiffany Hedrick removed biological growth with coarse bristle brushes and a liquid stone soap.
Conservation Highlight The late Olympia artist Gloria Crouse created Privacy Window in 1975. The artwork is made of thirty-six delicate boxes with woven, knotted, and wrapped fibers. Privacy Window was damaged by years of display at the Department of Natural Resources. Objects conservator Tom Fuller carefully removed the artwork’s frame. He then stabilized the delicate broken glass support with fiberglass strips impregnated with acrylic resin. He also repaired fibers in one box that had become loose, making the artwork once again display-ready. Re-framing Highlight Alden Mason’s Table for Three lives at Mount Baker Middle School in Seattle. It features vases decorated with abstract pictographs. He noted, “Growing up in the Skagit Valley, the Tulip became a remembered symbol.” ArtsWA staff Jennifer Myers noted significant frame damage when she visited the artwork in 2016, so it was on our list for repair. ArtsWA staff retrieved it from the school and sent it to Plasteel Frames and Gallery in Seattle, where it was re-framed using durable, conservation-grade materials. Installation Highlight ArtsWA staff worked with the Washington State Auditor to select and install two dozen artworks in their Olympia Office. The Auditor’s staff wanted to create an engaging environment for employees and visitors. They looked to ArtsWA to assist. The artworks they selected range from textiles to photographs to wall-hung sculptures.
Conservators in private practice are key to the care of the State Art Collection. Their expertise supplements the knowledge and skills of ArtsWA staff.
My Public Art Portal The end of FY 2019 marks the completion of a five-year goal: to place every artwork in Washington’s State Art Collection online on My Public Art Portal. The public can explore images of art in the Collection, learn about artworks and artists, browse web exhibitions, and use lesson plans. ArtsWA staff researched and wrote about the artworks and artists. We confirmed artwork locations including the exact building, room, and geo-coordinates. We took high-quality photographs of the artworks on location. And, we scanned and edited 35mm slides and black and white photographs. All of this work greatly improved the quality and quantity of information available to the public. Collection information is now accurate, current, and completely accessible to the public for the first time since the Collection’s beginnings in 1975. The project’s finale included updates to the look and design of My Public Art Portal. The Portal is now also mobile-friendly. My Public Art Portal brings the artworks together in a single place, making the Collection truly accessible and meaningful. It allows the curious to immediately look up an artwork and find interpretive text, images, maps, and other data. We have many partner agencies whose buildings are home to the stateowned artworks. The Portal helps them fulfill their duty to care for the artworks and lets ArtsWA know about construction and other events that affect artworks. The new Portal encourages increased engagement by the public and our partner agencies. Washington State and ArtsWA are leaders in taking the State Art Collection 100% online. This effort reflects Washington as a place of rich, creative expression. It also fulfills ArtsWA’s strategic plan to “deepen community engagement with the State Art Collection.”
The State Art Collection is 100% online: from our first artwork Langskip Norseland Spirit (1976) by Ken Lundemo, located at Poulsbo Elementary School, to our most recent artwork Split Stone (Northwest) (2019) by Sarah Sze, located at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Top: Photo courtesy of Washington State Arts Commission; Bottom: Photo courtesy of the artist.
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Eurasia Academy students at annual Novruz (New Year) Celebration. All images courtesy of Ensemble Eurasia.
Grants to Organizations The Grants to Organizations (GO) program provides support to groups, organizations, institutions and local and tribal governments. Supported projects span artistic disciplines, cultures and traditions, and expressive forms. These projects create opportunities for the public to participate in the arts. They include professional training in the arts. They reach audiences and arts professionals throughout Washington State.
organizations leveraged an additional $17,292,257 from other sources. 614,232 Washingtonians had the opportunity to participate in arts events as a result. In FY 19, GO added a new funding program called â€œSnap Grants.â€? This pilot program focused on small groups and organizations, a simple application process, and those new to our agency. Snap Grants was successful in significantly extending our funding reach.
GO grants help organizations pay for the expenses of bringing arts and culture programming to the public. These grants increase arts access and support innovation. They support efforts toward inclusion, equity and social justice. They strengthen the creative economy in communities across the state.
GO is a responsive and transparent program. We focus on helping constituents have the best opportunity when taking part in our competitive grant process. We work daily in support of organizations that produce inclusive arts programming for the public.
In FY 2019 GO distributed $421,060 in grants to 153 arts organizations. Fifty one percent of them were outside of King County. To supplement this funding,
Historically, access to arts funding has been geographically centralized. Certain institutions and social groups have been advantaged by this. At ArtsWA, we focus on expanding arts participation statewide.
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During FY 19, many of Washington’s arts organizations reflected these initiatives, producing innovative, dialogue-positive projects in service to community. Collateral’s Poetry Workshops for Detained Undocumented Youth Poetry Workshops for Detained Undocumented Youth is a newly piloted poetry workshop series. It is offered to undocumented boys detained at the Selma R. Carson Home (SRCH) in Fife, WA. It is organized by Tacoma Poet Laureate and Collateral literary journal Editor in Chief Abby E. Murray with the help of volunteer translators. SRCH boys, aged 1217, participate in a series of weekly poetry exercises and discussions. These activities include drawing, dictation, listening, and sensory prompts to write poems that address personal and collective trauma. With support from a Snap Grant, this program expanded in spring 2019. It now includes additional weekly workshops for 20 detained students awaiting immigration proceedings. This workshop series collaborated with Tacoma Refugee Choir to provide a public reading at TRC’S summer concert, “United Drumbeat”. The boys’ poems were shared for the first time with over 350 community members. A forthcoming collection of select poems, Corre y corre sin detenerse / Run and Run without Stopping, is being published by Collateral.
GO’s Snap Grants program. provides grants to small groups and organizations with an annual operating budget of $25,000 or less. It serves as an entry-point to ArtsWA’s more competitive grants. Snap Grants help small groups and organizations reach their arts project goals. ArtsWA provides professional development assistance as needed. During the pilot year, this program provided funding to 36 groups and organizations. The majority of applicants to this program were new to grant writing and/or new to arts funding.
Poems written by detained undocumented youth. Poems provided by Collateral from their 2019 poetry workshops. Poets are only identified by first initial to protect their identities.
Mi viaje Mi viaje fue muy rápido Mi felicidad es estar con mi mamá Mi deseo es regresar a casa ⁂ My Journey My journey was fast My happiness is to be with my mom My wish is to return home —J
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Members of fourteen communities from across Washington State gathered for the Creative District Program’s first convening on March 8, 2019 in Lacey. The day-long session provided a framework for Creative Districts to further their planning efforts. Photo by ArtsWA.
Certified Creative Districts Program The Creative Districts program works to increase access to cultural and economic opportunities in the arts. The program launched in January 2018. Immediately, communities from all corners of the state expressed their interest in the program. Often these cities are in rural areas facing decline. They are looking for ways to attract, retain and expand their local economy. During fiscal year 2019, we worked with almost 25 communities to help them begin to plan and grow their creative sector. Communities value certification because it helps them differentiate themselves. It is a tool they can use to capitalize on their unique and authentic community brand. Certified Creative Districts attract new artists, entrepreneurs, creative businesses, residents, tourists, and new investment. The goal is to create long-term sustainable economic growth, based in the creative economy.
The Creative Districts program received the Washington Economic Development Association’s (WEDA) Innovation in Economic Development Award for 2019. This award is given to programs that significantly improve a community’s ability to attract and retain investment. Three communities were designated as Creative Districts during FY 2019 – Edmonds, Chewelah and Olympia. Each of these Creative Districts is unique and reflects the flavor of the community. Edmonds received its designation in December 2018, while Chewelah and Olympia received theirs in June 2019. We are pleased that our first districts represent the diversity of the state, encompassing both urban and rural communities.
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Expanding Opportunity in Rural Communities More than 2/3 of the communities pursuing Creative District certification are outside the Seattle metropolitan area. Most of them are small or rural communities that are looking to plan for the long-term health of their region. Each community is unique, and our program is flexible enough to allow for these differences. Often these communities have all the elements that make up a successful District. But they may lack the resources to develop an inclusive planning process. ArtsWA uses a hands-on approach to support and engage these communities. We offer on-site support, often spending two or three days in each community to help them get started. Some of the services we provide are: on-site meetings and presentations, facilitated planning sessions, community outreach activities, strategic planning development, phone and video consultations, and more.
holistic, sustainable and diverse economy, so that communities and their future generations can thrive.
The Creative Districts program received the Washington Economic Development Associationâ€™s (WEDA) Innovation in Economic Development Award for 2019. This award is given to programs that significantly improve a communityâ€™s ability to attract and retain investment. The award was presented to ArtsWA at WEDAâ€™s annual Winter Conference, on March 5, 2019 in Olympia.
Musicians perform at Taste of Chewelah, an annual food and music event held each summer in Chewelah, WA. Photo by ArtsWA.
Program staff traveled to every corner of the state during FY 19. We drove over 6,000 miles during the year, visiting every corner of the state. A few of the communities we worked with during this time include: Aberdeen, Bellingham, Chewelah, Kennewick, Langley, Montesano, Oroville, Port Townsend, Pullman, Tenino, and Twisp. The Creative Districts program brings economic development into a new arena. It provides a platform for artists and creatives to participate in the development of their local economy. It fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and helps communities define their shared values. This combination helps to create a For more information please visit arts.wa.gov | Page 13
Silver Ridge Elementary fourth grader applies ink with a brayer to her relief printing plate in Meredith Essex’s artist residency. (June 2019) Photo by Chloe Coyller.
Arts In Education The Arts in Education (AIE) program works to strengthen K-12 arts education as part of, and fundamental to, basic education. We work to help students, parents, teachers, principals, and the public to understand the value of arts in education. We work with two statewide partners, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and ArtsEd Washington. Our grants and programs make arts education stronger for students across Washington State. Our grants invest in arts organizations, non-profits, government agencies, and teaching artists that work in partnership with K-12 schools and districts. In Fiscal Year 2019 ArtsWA invested a total of $301,850 to support 21 Community Consortium grant programs in service of K-12 students throughout Washington. One-third of these grants went to rural community organizations.
arts organizations, and community partners. Partners work together to identify and support the “first steps” in attaining high-quality arts learning programs. We distributed seven First Step grants, totaling $31,900 in investment in these fledgling programs. In addition, the AIE program secured funding in FY 19 for a new program that is launching in FY 20, called Arts in Early Learning Project. The program will support quality arts education for pre-school children, those entering kindergarten, and grades 1-3 across Washington State.
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In Fiscal Year 2019 ArtsWA invested a total of $301,850 to support 21 Community Consortium grant programs in service of K-12 students throughout Washington.
Community Consortium Grants Community Consortium grants support strong partnerships between schools, arts organizations, and community partners. Partners work together to develop, implement, and evaluate high quality arts learning programs that reach a diversity of K-12 students as part of the regular school day. ACT’s Young Playwrights Program ACT’s Young Playwrights Program (YPP) is an interactive, 10-week arts education program. It is integrated into middle and high school classrooms. Every student writes a play and each one is read, evaluated and celebrated. The YPP provides arts education for middle and high schools students in the Puget Sound area.
high quality, heavy duty shopping bags. The bags were made from donated, recycled windsports sail material and bindings. “This was one of the coolest, most impactful projects accomplished in our district all year; it earned Springer the LeFevre Environmental Award given once a year in the Columbia Gorge.“ White Salmon Valley School District: Media Arts Project (from the final report)
Unnamed student sewing a recycled shopping bag with local artist Pam Springer. Students designed, created and produced functional shopping bags out of recycled materials. Photo by Pam Springer.
“Some of the most valuable work we did in the past year was inspired by ArtsWA consortium funding….. Our Education and Engagement Manager learned a lot from ArtsWA.... why it is so important to connect with schools beyond just the classroom teacher, and how to deepen those relationships.” ACT Young Playwrights Program FY 19 final report White Salmon Valley School District: Media Arts Project Ban the Bags: “Ban the Bags” is an innovative project, conceived by WA State Artist Pam Springer. The project included designing, creating and distributing heavy duty shopping bags. Springer worked with over 100 students in all four schools of the district to understand the magnitude of the global plastic bag crisis. The students took local steps to combat the problem through the production of hundreds of For more information please visit arts.wa.gov | Page 15
ready to facilitate innovation, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking in the arts. To date, over 200 TAT Lab graduates have taught arts to youth in a variety of mediums including the literary arts, media, visual art, dance, music and theater. TAT Lab teaching artists live and work across the state and contribute to meaningful learning in classrooms.
Teaching Artists Kiron Blackwood (L) and Karen Mobley (R) participate in Teaching Artists Training Lab activities. Photo courtesy of TAT Lab Faculty.
Teaching Artists Training Lab The Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) is a professional development program for teaching artists. The TAT Lab faculty team supports the work of teaching artists that serve students, families and communities across Washington. TAT Lab is a partnership between ArtsWA, the Office if Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle’s Children’s Theater, and the National Endowment for the Arts. TAT Lab completed its eighth year offering workshops designed to “Strengthen arts education as part of, and fundamental to, K-12 basic education.”
In 2016 a global connection emerged between the work of TAT Lab and Korea Arts and Culture Education Services (KACES). KACES supports teaching artists in their work to provide children and youth with opportunities in the arts. TAT Lab programming has spread to Korea with workshops in Seoul (2017-2018). In addition, KACES teaching artists came to Washington to join arts in education efforts. Teaching artists involved with TAT Lab have the opportunity to engage in a cross cultural dialogue about arts, culture and education.
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The Teaching Artists Training Lab takes teaching to the next level. TAT Lab supports teaching artists’ capacity to partner effectively with K-12 schools and teachers to bring arts education to schools. More than 200 teaching artists have gone through the program since its inception in 2011.
Poetry Out Loud Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Participating students develop a love for poetry, and build communication skills. They gain self-confidence and often discover a new outlet for creative expression. Poetry Out Loud is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. ArtsWA coordinates and manages the program in Washington State. All participating students begin by choosing and memorizing poems from the official Poetry Out Loud anthology. This is a collection of over 900 classic and contemporary poems. At the state and national finals, students are required to have three poems prepared. Madeline’s poems were All This and More by Mary Karr, On Quitting by Edgar Albert Guest, and Chorus Sacerdotum by Baron Brooke Fulke Greville.
Poetry Out Loud partnered with five regional organizations - ESD 112, Spokane Arts, Yakima Valley College, Skagit River Poetry Foundation, and Dan Clark and Mid-Columbia Libraries - to ensure the program reached students across the state. 304 teachers took part in the program, with 20,137 students participating in the monthslong program, which culminates in a national competition in Washington, D.C.
2019 State Poetry Out Loud Champion, Madeline Luther, a senior from Okanogan High School. Photo by ArtsWA.
As the State Champion, Madeline Luther earned $200, a $500 stipend for purchase of poetry books for her school library, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C to compete in the National Poetry Out Loud finals. Madeline is the first Okanogan High School student to become State Champion. “Poetry Out Loud has shown me that poetry is a very wide art form,” Madeline said on a recent interview on methowarts.org. “Anyone can get involved. I like performing in a way that brings an under-rated art form to more people’s attention.”
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Washington State Poet Laureate
Claudia Castro Luna (far right) led a Hike and Write event at Snoqualmie’s Iron Horse State Park. Claudia titled the walk Writing Stillness using Haiku as the writing form to take quick imagistic notes of the morning.
The year 2019 marked the halfway point in Claudia Castro Luna’s term as Washington State Poet Laureate. During the year she spent much of her time traveling to small and large communities across the state to participate in poetry workshops and readings. She posted thoughts and observances on her blog at WAPoetLaureate.org.
In January, Claudia was invited to the Washington State Senate where she read a poem to commemorate the opening day of the 2019 Legislative Session. “It was a crisp winter day. Beautiful. I received a second invitation to return in February and by then snow had arrived over Puget Sound and alas I could not make the second trip.”
“I thank every adult, every youth and child I have thus far connected with for keeping my inner fire and hope alive, for sharing with me a joint conviction that words matter,” she wrote in November. “It is through them that we convey our joint humanity.”
In conjunction with National Poetry Month in April, Claudia unveiled her signature Poet Laureate project, Washington Poetic Routes, an online poetry map of Washington State. She invited residents-school children, adults, long-time poets and first-time writers to contribute to the map. “My hope is that together, through our own poems of place we will have a new, different way of engaging with each other as citizens,” said Castro Luna. “Together we will create a living map of what it is like to live in this wonderful place we share called Washington State.” See the project at washingtonpoeticroutes.com.
During FY 19, Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna traveled all across the state to bring poetry to residents. She traveled to 22 counties, and performed ninety-six poetry readings for over 8,150 attendees. The Washington State Poet Laureate Program is funded and managed by ArtsWA in partnership with Humanities WA.
Center for Washington Cultural Traditions The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions (CWCT) began in 2016 as a partnership between ArtsWA and Humanities Washington. The CWCT surveys, studies and supports folk and traditional arts and other cultural traditions. The work CWCT does increases access to Washingtonâ€™s rich and diverse cultural heritage. CWCT hired a new executive director, Dr. Langston Wilkins in January 2019. Previously, Dr. Wilkins worked as the traditional arts specialist for the Tennessee Arts Commission and as a program officer for Humanities Tennessee.
interviewed 17 people who represented 10 different cultural communities. They took part in festivals and celebrations, attended pow-wows, and learned about Yakima Valleyâ€™s traditional foodways. The CWCT secured additional funding for FY 20 to expand its Heritage Apprenticeship Program and to introduce a leadership training component.
The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions Program is funded and managed by ArtsWA in partnership with Humanities WA.
2018-2019 Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Team: Clayton Tupper (apprentice, Ocean Shores) and Darryl Nelson (Master, Eatonville). Darryl is one of the preeminent blacksmiths in the Pacific Northwest and helped Clayton develop his skills in the tradition. Photo by Langston Collin Wilkins.
The CWCT oversees two main programs. The Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program (HAAP) helps artisans to learn a traditional trade, craft, or skill. Master Artists and apprentices apply to be part of this yearlong program. Selected pairs receive honoraria and some funding to help offset the cost of travel, and supplies. HAAP began its inaugural year with 10 master/apprentice pairs. They were located across the state from Ocean Shores to Spokane. Craft traditions in this cohort included traditional music and dance, bead design, cheese making, stone carving, blacksmithing and more. The Cultural Traditions Survey is a multiyear project to study local cultural traditions throughout the state. Each year, staff at CWCT conducts research on cultural traditions in a new region of the state. Survey findings help to develop programs that support local communities. The inaugural Traditions Survey focused on the Yakima Valley. Program staff For more information please visit arts.wa.gov | Page 19
Washington Creative Forces Summit II
Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies. This initiative serves the special needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers. Administrative support for the initiative is provided by Americans for the Arts. Graphic courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2017-18, ArtsWA collaborated with the NEA and Americans for the Arts to host the first Washington Creative Forces. It was held at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma on September 26, 2017. As a result of this successful event, ArtsWA was provided support from the NEA for another Community Connections project. The Creative Forces Summit II was among 10 projects selected. Other Creative Forces sites hosting Community Connections projects include Anchorage, Alaska; San Diego County, California; Fort Carson and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tampa and Gainesville, Florida; Bethesda, Maryland; Jacksonville, North Carolina; Killeen, Texas; Fort Belvoir and Portsmouth, Virginia. ArtsWA received $50,000 from the NEA to begin this project. The Boeing Company provided an additional $25,000 in support. ArtsWA’s proposal was to offer a logic model-based training that could that could be reproduced by others within the Creative Forces Network. “We wanted to continue the community conversation around healing arts for military members,
veterans, and their families,” said Karen Hanan, ArtsWA Executive Director. “For Summit II we proposed a two-day deep dive training for artists, arts organizations, and other interested community leaders and groups.” While the emphasis will be on military arts healing, it does not focus on training artists to be mental health providers. Instead, the program is designed to train participants to help non-clinical, community-based arts programs integrate some of the logic model techniques into their programming. Mary Carstensen, a retired Colonel, was contracted to develop the program. Her experience includes building the Army’s Wounded Warrior Program. She has experience working with military and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Lourdes E. ‘Alfie’ Alvarado-Ramos, Director of Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), came on board as an advisor and planning committee member. Other members of the planning team included Karen Hanan, ArtsWA’s Executive Director, Glenda Carino, ArtsWA’s Communications Director, Terry West, ArtsWA’s Deputy Director, Brenda Maltz, Arts Therapist at JBLM’s Intrepid Spirit Center; Sarah Luna, a representative from South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP); and Armando Mejia, Senior Global Engagement Specialist at the Boeing Company. Washington Creative Forces Summit II is planned to take place in the fall of 2019.
Expanding Access to the Arts for All Fiscal year 2019 was a year of several nonprogrammatic successes for our agency. In addition to the work our programs do, we were able to complete a much-anticipated overhaul of our state agency website. The program took almost a year to complete, and was finished at the end of the fiscal year. Our new site is fresh, well-organized, mobile-friendly, and more accessible than the previous version. We were able to seamlessly integrate the Washington State Art Collectionâ€™s My Public Art Portal with our primary agency website. Previously, the two sites were separate. Visitors to our site can now learn more about our agency and browse the public art collection during the same session on the same site. Additionally, ArtsWA received its largest increase in arts funding from the legislature in several years during the 2019 Legislative session. The final Operating Budget for the 2019-21 biennium included a little over $1.26 million in increased funding for ArtsWA. Senator Lisa Wellman (an ArtsWA board member) introduced and helped secure $496,000 in the operating budget to fund a new early learning arts integration program designed to help reduce the opportunity gap for our youngest learners as they approach kindergarten.. We received support from Representative Zack Hudgins who helped secure $200,000 in maintenance funding for My Public Art Portal. He was also instrumental in support of the Folk & Traditional Arts job stimulation program. Full-funding of $350,000 for the program was included in the final operating budget. Additionally, Representative Steve Tharinger and Senator Lisa Wellman introduced companion bills HB 1318 and SB 5375. These bills called for allowing up to 10-percent of public arts funding
to be allocated in the design phase of a capital project. HB 1318 passed with little opposition. The investment in these programs will allow us to expand our reach to more Washingtonians that ever before. Other legislative champions included Senate Floor Leader Marko Liias, a big supporter of the arts in general and a passionate proponent of taking care of the stateâ€™s arts collection. Thanks also to Senators Sam Hunt, Kevin Van de Wege, Patty Kuderer, Brad Hawkins, Sharon Brown, and Hans Zeiger, and Representatives Carolyn Eslick, Sharon Wylie, and Luanne Van Werven for their support of ArtsWA.
Visitors to the Washington State Capitol rotunda enjoy a performance by the Urvasi Dancers at Arts and Heritage Day on February 8, 2019. Photo by ArtsWA.
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2018 GAHA Individual Awards winners pose at the ceremony, held in Bremerton, WA. Front row, L-R: Greg Bell of the Paul Allen Foundation, Patsy Surh O’Connell, Mery Swanson. Back row, L-R: Edmund Littlefield Jr., Jim Kelly, Thomas Moak of Port of Kennewick, Kate Peterson of Get Lit! Programs, and Leah WilsonVelasco. Photo by ArtsWA.
Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards The Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) recognize the value of arts and heritage to the state. It is an annual celebration of the work various artists and organizations do in their local communities to grow the arts. As of 2018, 255 Washington State artists and organizations have been honored with an award. The 2018 GAHA dinner and ceremony took place in November at the Admiral Theatre in historic downtown Bremerton, WA. Approximately 200 guests came for an evening of food and fellowship. Live performances were by Chandra and the Homeschool Boys, House of Kala Dancers and Edmund Littlefield Jr. Governor Jay Inslee presented the Meritorious Arts Award posthumously to Paul G. Allen for his extensive philanthropic work.
are several categories, including artists, organizations, young arts leaders, philanthropy and community work. The Governor’s Heritage Awards were added in 1989 to honor the diverse cultural traditions that exist in the state. There are two heritage awards that recognize individuals and organizations. Winners in each category must be current residents of Washington State, or based in the state during the time their contributions were made.
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As of 2018, 255 Washington State artists and organizations have been honored with either a Governor’s Arts or Heritage award, since the program’s inception in 1966.
Honoring excellence, creativity, and achievement Individual Artist Award
Arts Community Award
Preston Singletary, Seattle
Mery Swanson, Aberdeen
Arts Legacy Award
Arts Organization Award
Jim Kelly, Seattle
Get Lit! Programs, Spokane
Meritorious Arts Award
Individual Heritage Award
Paul G. Allen
Patsy Surh Oâ€™Connell, Gig Harbor
Young Arts Leader Award
Organization Heritage Award
Leah Wilson-Velasco, Walla Walla
Port of Kennewick, Kennewick
Arts Philanthropy Award Edmund Littlefield Jr., Arlington
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FY 2019 By the Numbers Arts In Education
Grants to Organizations
421,060 in competitive grants to 153 arts organizations
children received in-person arts experience aligned with state learning standards
Community Consortium and First Steps grants
226 locations received services from 28 AIE FY 19 grantees
614,232 individuals in
Washington State participated in arts events of funded programs are outside King County
Art In Public Places Poetry Out Loud
4,799 artworks in
the State Art Collection
Capital investment in artwork acquisitions
18 new projects completed, resulting in 67 new artworks
3 new Districts in FY 19 30 communities
65,285 invested in
collections care activities
28.9B creative industry earnings
in Washington (2017 CVI data)
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of State Art Collection online
FY 2019 Financial Report Thanks to the support of the Governor, Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), ArtsWA’s budget remains stable. ArtsWA’s funding comes from these sources: • Capital Funds designated for the Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), which are generated by ½ of 1 percent of the state’s portion of new construction costs • An allotment from the State General Fund approved by the legislature each biennium • Federal funds in the form of a NEA Partnership Grant, which must be matched 1:1 by our state appropriation • Reimbursements from other agencies for work study employment and Poetry Out Loud •
A small amount of corporate funds support special projects such as the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards and Poetry Out Loud and Creative Forces: Arts, Healing and the Military
• An annual refund from unspent insurance claims
Funding Sources $ 2,407,878
Capital Construction Funds (Art in Public Places Program)
State General Funds
Federal Funds (NEA Partnership Grant)
Corporate Sponsorship Industrial Insurance Refund
$4,935,059 Total Funding* Agency Expenses $ 1,602,862
AIPP Artwork Acquisition & Collection Care
$ 405,542 Benefits $ 750,562 Grants $ 463,734
Goods & Services
$ 194,082 Contracts $ 65,879 Travel
$ 4,536,208 Total Expenses
* Please note: Unexpended federal and capital funds will be carried over into the next year of the biennium. For more information please visit arts.wa.gov | Page 25
FY 2019 Staff & Commissioners ArtsWA Staff
Board of Commissioners
Glenda Carino Communications Manager
Francene J. Blythe
Judy Cullen Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Hannah Dahlke Program Assistant, Arts in Education and Grants to Organizations Mason Derkacht IT Support Adam Fah Conservation Technician Heide Fernandez-Llamazares Project Manager, My Public Art Portal Miguel GuillĂŠn Grants to Organizations Program Manager Karen Hanan Executive Director Janae Huber Art in Public Places Collections Manager Lisa Jaret Arts in Education Program Manager Marissa Laubscher Art in Public Places Project Manager Valerie Peterman Writer-Researcher, My Public Art Portal Leslie Pope Executive Assistant
Andre Bouchard Sue Coliton (Outgoing Chair) Ginger Ewing Jolyn GC Senator Brad Hawkins Wesley Jessup Rick Johnson Linley Logan Mariella Luz Diane Martindale (incoming Chair) Representative Joan McBride Monica Miller Faaluaina S. Pritchard Justin Raffa Rebecca Redshaw Anna-Maria Shannon Rosanna Sharpe Judy Tuohy
Annette Roth Creative Districts Program Manager
Representative Luanne Van Werven
Tyler Sharp Fiscal Technician
Senator Lisa Wellman Sheree Wen
Deane Shellman Art in Public Places Program Coordinator Michael Sweney Art in Public Places Program Manager Terry J. West Deputy Director Chuck Zimmer Art in Public Places Project Manager
Departing Board Members Sue Coliton Senator Brad Hawkins Rick Johnson Representative Luanne Van Werven
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FY 2019 ArtsWA Partners
FY 2019 Corporate Sponsors
National Endowment for the Arts
The Boeing Company
Americans for the Arts
First Light Group LLC
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Capital Heating and Cooling Servco Foundation
ArtsWA Student employees help document the State Art Collection. They take high resolution photographs and note any artwork damage. The information students gather ensures that My Public Art Portal is complete and accurate. It also helps staff make decisions about conservation treatment and next steps in preparing artwork for display.
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Front cover images: Top row, L-R: Marquee of the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton, WA, site of the 2018 Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards. Photo courtesy of ArtsWA; DISCOVER DANCE students rehearsing on stage at McCaw Hall. Photo by Joseph Lambert/PNBA. Middle row, L-R: Sound Vet Jam is coordinated by MusicWorks4Veterans and supported by ArtsWA’s Creative Forces program. Photo courtesy of John Selzler, MusicWorks4Veterans; Public art along downtown Edmonds’ waterfront, overlooking Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of City of Edmonds. Bottom row: Sacajawea Tapestry (2018) by Cecilia Blomberg, located at Sacajawea Elementary School, Richland School District, Richland, WA. Photo courtesy of the artist. Back cover image: House of Kala Dancers. Photo courtesy of the artists. Program written & designed by: Glenda Carino, Communications Manager Annette Roth, Creative Districts Program Manager Page 28 | Washington State Arts Commission Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report