And we’re live!

On March 3, after more than a year of research, community meetings, and staff visits to fairs, festivals, museums, workshops, and events in private homes, Washington State’s new statewide folklife and traditional arts program will officially launch.

The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is a Humanities Washington program presented in partnership with ArtsWA/the Washington State Arts Commission. The Center will focus on surveying, studying, and supporting the living cultural heritage of Washington State.

Featuring both research and public programs, the Center will support traditional music, dance, and art; occupational traditions; culinary traditions; traditional knowledge and use of the natural environment; and much more. The Center aims to bring together diverse communities and support tradition bearers as they conserve and share their cultures.

Be part of the Center! Here’s what you can do:

Join us for the launch party!

On March 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Impact Hub in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, we’ll have a casual, family-friendly celebration featuring performances, demonstrations, inspiration… and food! The Center’s launch party will be free and open to the public. More information will be available soon.

Follow The Center on Social Media

The Center is on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Apply for the Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program

Are you a master or aspiring tradition bearer? Apply to receive support for continuing your community traditions, or learn more here.

For questions and more information, contact Center Director Kristin Sullivan at or 206-682-1770 ext. 107

Photo: Rosemaling demonstration at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Bothell (photo by Kristin Sullivan)

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