The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is a new arts and heritage program set up to survey, study, and support cultural traditions, tradition bearers, and traditional communities throughout Washington State. Though not a physical center, this innovative program is a statewide, go-to source for learning about Washington’s rich, diverse cultural heritage. The Center is housed at the state’s nonprofit humanities council, Humanities Washington, and presented in partnership with ArtsWA/the Washington State Arts Commission.
What’s driving the Center?
Mission: In collaboration with communities statewide, the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions conducts research and programming to support and advance understanding of the living cultural heritage of Washington State.
Vision: The vision of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is that the many, different cultural communities of Washington State better understand, respect, and appreciate one another.
Where is the Center?
The “Center” is not a physical space; it is a programmatic Center. It is based at the Humanities Washington offices in Seattle, but plans are underway to serve and connect communities such as yours throughout Washington State.
What’s the Center’s timeline?
The Center officially launched in March 2018. Read more about the launch party here, and development of the Center here. Initial programming includes an in-depth Cultural Traditions Survey, and a Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program.
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