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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.