Heritage Workshops

Arts and Heritage Day 2018 Celebration and Workshop

February 6 and 7, 2018, Olympia, Washington

Member and friends of the Washington Museum Association are invited to register for a full day of workshops focused on advancing your organization’s mission and development goals on Tuesday, February 6. That evening, don't miss the 12th Annual Arts and Heritage Day Reception. On Wednesday, February 7, take an active part in the annual Arts and Heritage Day at the State Capitol. 

Washington State Historical Society Heritage Outreach Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, followed by Reception from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Registration for the workshop is closed.

Get inspired with a full day of programming at the Lord Mansion Coach House. Cost for the workshop is only $10, with boxed lunches available for an additional $11. The Coach House is located at 211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia, WA, 98501, seven blocks from the Capitol Campus. Off-street parking is available.

9:00-11:00 AM  Effective Advocacy 
A two-hour workshop that will give you the skills to improve your message, build a community of supporters and strengthen the effectiveness of your arts or heritage nonprofit for better outcomes. Did you know that nonprofits add more than 230 thousand jobs to our state and provide $5 billion worth of volunteer services, helping to build better communities? Leverage that value by learning how to be an effective advocate. Presented by David Streeter, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for Washington Nonprofits. 

11:15 AM-12:30 PM  Panel Presentation with Q and A
A pre-lunch panel discussion featuring a leading arts and heritage lobbyist based at the Capitol Campus; an insightful, recently retired and long-serving state senator; and a thoughtful, experienced museum director who spearheads advocacy for an arts institution.

12:30-1:30 PM Box Lunch Break
Please order your boxed lunch ($11) in advance. Lunch options include a 1/2 sub sandwich (Italian, Turkey or Veggie), a bag of chips, a cookie and soda or water. Select your options when you register for the workshop, and pay for your lunch day-of. Please bring either a check for $11 made out to Meconi's, or cash, to the workshop.

1:30-3:30 PM  Money for Heritage: Getting Ready
Announcing the Washington State Historical Society’s Heritage Capital Projects next grant cycle! If you are looking for money for heritage in the areas of new construction, improvements to existing structures or landscapes, acquisition of property, or historic preservation of buildings, this session is for you. Get the details on the application process and the 2018 deadline for grant funding of Heritage Capital Projects in the 2019-2021 biennium. 

Lissa Kramer, Heritage Capital Projects Manager, will present updates to funding guidelines, evaluation criteria, and other helpful information on preparing to apply. Guest presenters will also share some strategies for developing matching funds such as local grant sources, community fundraising, and alternative financing for completing capital campaigns.

If you have a project that is shovel ready, you need to attend this session.  If you are considering a capital project in the future, you should attend to start thinking now about how a Heritage Capital Projects grant can help you achieve your organization’s goals. Nonprofits, local governments, tribal governments, and public development authorities are eligible to apply.

Registration for the workshop is closed.

12th Annual Arts and Heritage Day Reception 

5:00-7:00 PM 
Continuing a twelve-year tradition, the Washington Museum Association and the Washington State Arts Alliance invite legislators, elected officials, and the heritage and arts community to this annual social gathering in the Historic Lord Mansion. The Lord Mansion is located at 211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia, WA, 98501, seven blocks from the Capitol Campus. Off-street parking is available. 

RSVP for the reception to Susan Rohrer,

The reception is sponsored by the Washington Museum Association.  

Arts and Heritage Day

Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 AM-afternoon

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
Arts and Heritage Day begins with Heritage Caucus. Freya Liggett, president of the Washington Museum Association and manager of the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, will speak about the economic and cultural importance of museums and cultural organizations in Washington State, their impacts on education and community life, and the critical support role that museum-friendly legislation plays in the life of our heritage and art institutions.

Following the caucus, Arts and Heritage Day participants will meet with officials per their pre-arranged schedules.

11:45 AM-1:00 PM Musical Performances in the Rotunda

Bring your lunch and take a seat on the stairs to enjoy the program. The Governor and key legislatures have been invited to offer remarks and present a proclamation marking February 7, 2018, as Arts & Heritage Day in Washington State.