About Cultural Access Washington (CAWA)
A cultural access program is a publicly funded program established to expand access to cultural organizations, such as arts, heritage, and scientific organizations. Passed and signed into law in 2015, our state’s Cultural Access Program authorizes any county in Washington State to put before the voters a measure to provide sustainable funding to increase access to cultural, science and heritage organizations in that county through a .1% increase in sales tax or a similarly sized property tax increase. In King County, the program is anticipated for the August 2017 primary ballot. Funds would be administered by 4Culture and supported by the sales tax option. The program will increase access to larger non-profit organizations and smaller, community-based groups for public school students and the geographically and/or economically underserved. Key Benefits: Some of the benefits include expanded arts and cultural experiences at schools or on-site, leverage for in-school education through curriculum-aligned cultural, scientific, and heritage activities, and funds for transportation for every public school student to attend or participate in cultural and scientific educational activities, every year.
- ArtsEd Washington & Carnation Elementary Featured on KING 5 Kicking off Arts Education Month, KING 5 reporter Christie Johnson highlights the important role of the arts in schools and the positive impacts on students participating in arts programs in a special education segment “What’s Cool in School.” ArtsEd Washington is featured with Carnation Elementary School, who is noted – along with Tacoma School of the Arts and Elk Plain Elementary - for their recent WA State School of Excellence in Arts Education award (a program of The Kennedy Center), that was presented by ArtsEd Washington in partnership with the Association of School Principals. View the video