WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Over the last decade, funding for arts and cultural programs across Washington has been cut in half. Art and music programs in our public schools were the first to face cuts during the recession, when school budgets decreased, and these programs were never fully restored. And these cuts particularly hurt underserved communities: low-income kids and families, communities of color, seniors, and people with disabilities. Even as our county experiences strong economic growth, there is an increasing gap between those who have opportunities and ability to access art, science, and heritage experiences and those who do not.