Inspire Olympia! is an initiative to the voters to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Olympia by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings for all people in our region - especially youth. Eligible non-profit arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations are able to apply for funding that helps them expand equitable access to public programs, increase opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Olympia, expand educational options for youth, and build sustainability for ongoing cultural programs that provide value for people throughout the City of Olympia.
We hope that this funding will serve as a catalyst for a wide array of experiences designed with, by, and for people of color, people with disabilities, low-income families, the LGBTQIA community and anyone else who has historically lacked access to resources and/or opportunities. This is a critically needed focus as we work to make Olympia a more tolerant, inclusive, and resilient community for everyone.
We acknowledge the Indigenous People of the Medicine Creek Treaty. We honor the Puget Sound Salish People including the Squaxin Island Tribe and the Nisqually Tribe, and pay respect to elders past and present. We are committed to being partners in shaping the future of this area that we mutually love.
The Olympian Newspaper Sunday (April 3, 2022)
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Americans for the ARTS Artsblog, by Randy Cohen (March 21, 2022)