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Primary Funding Goals

“People living near community-based arts projects were more than twice as likely to be civically engaged as those whose neighborhoods did not have projects.” 
-Nicodemus, A., Engh R., & Mascaro C.(2016); An Evaluation of Arts on Chicago

Inspire Olympia! funding will provide critically needed resources for a wide variety of public programs in arts, culture, heritage, and/or science that engage community members in Olympia.

Our goals for this program - and what this funding could look like in action - include: 

  • The development of in-school and after-school programs that bring arts, culture, heritage and science programs to students at all grade levels. 

  • Teacher training with local subject matter experts from local science, arts and heritage organizations.

  • Strengthening the capacity of non-profit organizations by creating paid internships, hiring additional staff, or working on board development, diversity, and training

  • Free or reduced admission to non-profit museums, performance and art events, exhibits, etc.

  • New programs and exhibits about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) history and culture

  • More programming that is accessible to people with disabilities (ASL interpretation, sensory exhibits, ADA access improvements etc..)

  • Providing support for individual artists and community organizers in our region as they develop unique projects alongside non-profit organizations. 

  • Using the arts, culture, heritage, and/or science as tools to reignite economic growth and resilience in Olympia post-COVID

  • Supporting career-connected learning and job training programs in the arts, culture, heritage, and/or science

  • Creating new job opportunities for community members in the arts, culture, heritage, and/or science sectors


“The arts and community development together result in greater tax revenues. The arts support business growth and competitiveness, feed innovation, catalyze community revitalization and deliver a better-prepared workforce.”   
-Americans for the Arts


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