Heritage Workshops

Arts and Heritage Day 2019

February 5 and 6, 2019, Olympia, Washington

Members and friends of the Washington Museum Association are invited to register for a full day of workshops on Tuesday, February 5, focused on advancing your organization’s mission and development goals. That evening don't miss the Evening with Legislatures. On Wednesday, February 6, take an active part in the annual Arts and Heritage Day at the State Capitol.

Washington State Historical Society Exhibit and Development Workshop

Tuesday, February 5, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, followed by Reception from 5:00-7:00 PM.
Lord Mansion, 211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia WA 98501.  Seven blocks from the Capital Campus, with off-street parking.

Get inspired with a full day of programming at the Lord Mansion. Cost for the workshop is  $10 per workshop, $20 all day with an all day option with a boxed lunch available for $34. 

Register for the workshop here.

9:00-11:30 AM      Meeting People Where They Are: Crafting the Challenging Exhibit 
Presented by MaryMikel Stump, Director of Audience Engagement and Gwen Whiting, Lead Curator, Washington State Historical Society

Take on the task of developing and presenting a sensitive, timely and thoughtful exhibit on a troubled topic. How do you imbed difficult and challenging content into a history or art exhibit? How can you meet people where they are in understanding the darker, powerful stories of our past and present? The curators of “Unlocking McNeil’s Past. The Prison, The Place, The People” will share their experience working on two case studies that informed the development of an exhibit that is thoughtful and honest. Workshop will include a work session for all participants.

$10.00 per person
Registration limited to 25

11:30 PM-1:00 PM Lunch Time Presentations
Lissa Kramer, Project Manager of the Heritage Capital Grants Program will provide an update and a short Q & A session on the grant program and what to prepare for in the next application cycle.

Susan Rohrer, WSHS Heritage Outreach Director will provide an update on county level Preservation Funding available for heritage projects. 

Lunch options include a 1/2 sub sandwich (Italian, Turkey, Roast Beef or Veggie), a bag of chips, a cookie and soda or water. Select your options when you register for the workshop. 

1:00-3:30 PM Build Your Own Exhibit
Presented by the Washington State Historical Society Curatorial Team

What are the revered objects selected for your exhibit?  What is homemade and meaningful in different way?  For an “Exhibit of Me” what objects would you select?  Experienced curators will take you through an afternoon of exercises that help you fine tune the art of exhibit creation including the elements and principals of design, formatting against a focal point, and interpreting sensitive objects.  The practical aspects of planning, organizing, research and writing will be included. Working in teams you will explore new ways of building your own exhibit with lots of examples of alternative approaches to compelling storytelling through exhibitory.  Time for discussion included.  

$10 per person
Registration Limited to 25 

Register for the workshop here.


5:00-7:00 PM      Evening with Legislatures 
Please join host the Honorable Ralph Munro, the Washington State arts and heritage community, Legislators and Elected Officials to an evening reception at the historic Lord Mansion, sponsored by the Washington Museum Association.

RSVP for the reception at the Washington Museum Assocition website. 


Wednesday, February 6, 7:00-8:00 AM

This is a day to celebrate Washington’s diverse arts and heritage organizations. It is also an important opportunity to demonstrate to our elected officials and government leaders how vital the museum community is to the people of Washington.  

7:00-8:00 AM Heritage Caucus Cherborg Rooms A-B-C
Arts and Heritage Day is front and center at the early morning meeting of Heritage Caucus.  Freya Liggett, President of the Washington Museum Association and Manager of the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center will speak on the economic and cultural importance of museums and cultural organizations in Washington State, their impact on education and community life, and the critical support museum-friendly legislation plays in the life of our heritage and art institutions.

Manny Cawaling, Executive Director of Cultural Access Washington will speak on behalf of the Arts community in Washington State.

  • Check-In Table 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Washington Room (downstairs in the Pritchard Building)
  • Orientation / Legislative Briefings 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Information review for meetings with legislators
  • Senate Invocation Around 9:30am. All are invite to watch from the Senate Gallery.
  • ArtsWA & Humanities Washington Office Hour 10 –11 a.m. Staff will answer questions about project support grants, Arts in Education grants and programs, Art in Public Places, Speaker Bureau opportunities, etc.
  • Meetings with Legislators (all day as scheduled TBA)
  • Gathering 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Rotunda.  Performers (TBA)