The need for investment in arts, science, and heritage education is real.

In the last decade, funding for the Washington State Arts Commission, which provides access to and participation in arts and cultural opportunities throughout the state, has been cut in half. Unfortunately, these cuts have a disproportionately negative impact on already-disadvantaged communities — low-income schools, communities of color and people with disabilities.

But the solution to the state funding problem is local — with greater cultural access funding, we can invest in local and regional organizations that are best equipped to work with local schools and community groups. Among other benefits, increased cultural access funding would pay for student transportation and admission costs, allow institutions to bring arts, science, and heritage experiences into low-income schools, provide free or reduced ticket programs, as well as bolster the programming arts, science, and heritage organizations are able to provide. Additionally, as audiences and memberships become more diverse, so too do staffs and boards of directors.

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March 30 2017
Originally published in the Kent Reporter.The Woodland Park Zoo just completed a five-month-long partnership with Kent Elementary School to provide students with hands-on science education, teaching students about conservation and local wildlife.The program – called Ready, Set, Discover – could be expanded to more schools through Access for All, a ...
March 21 2017
Today a group of science and history education organizations gathered at the Seattle Aquarium to urge the King County Council's support for Access for All, a ballot initiative proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine that would provide increased funding for arts, science and heritage education for King County students.The proposal, now bef...
March 09 2017
Leaders of King County's arts, science and heritage organizations today praised introduction of the "Access For All" levy package by Executive Dow Constantine to the King County Council. If passed by Council and approved by voters, the levy will raise dedicated funding to expand educational opportunities and local investments in programs, performan...