ArtsWA news

July 2023


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In this issue:

🍹 Mix and mingle with members of ArtsWA's staff & Board in Yakima!

ArtsWA staff & Board invite members of the community—you!—to gather at the Hilton Garden Inn Yakima Downtown to talk arts, culture, and bold visions for the future. No host bar, open to the public.

📆 Tuesday, August 1, 2023

⏰ 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

🌎 Hilton Garden Inn Yakima Downtown | 401 E Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901

More opportunities

📣 Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) Core Program applications will open August 14 for 2023-24. Explore learning plan design, learning frameworks, teaching methods, and resources designed to level up your teaching practice! 

Free events with Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True

Free upcoming events with the Washington State Poet Laureate!

“Find Your Voice” Adult Summer Reading Program

📆 Wednesday, August 2, 2023

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

🌎 Ocean Shores Public Library | 573 Pt. Brown Ave NW Ocean Shores, WA

As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program at the Ocean Shores Public Library, Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True will present a reading with time for Q&A. Free and open to the public.

👉🏽 Learn more

Reading at Vancouver USA Arts & Music Festival

📆 Friday, August 4, 2023

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

🌎 Esther Short Park | 605 Esther St Vancouver, WA

Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True will join Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle for the opening ceremony at noon in Esther Short Park where ASL interpretation will be available. Free and open to the public.

👉🏽 Learn more

Learn more about the Washington State Poet Laureate

News and updates

Langley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Inge Morascini meets with fellow Creative District leaders at the 2023 Creative Districts Annual Convening.

Port Townsend welcomes the annual Creative Districts Convening

Leaders from Washington's 13 certified Creative Districts convened in Port Townsend last month to discuss funding, collaboration, and visions for the future. The Convening also invited representatives from burgeoning Creative Districts to attend and learn alongside—and network with—members from the current cohort. Thank you to the Port Townsend Creative District and the Northwest Maritime Center for their warm welcome and hospitality!

Learn more about Creative Districts

Meet new ArtsWA staff:

Conservation Technician Alcamy Henriksen

Alcamy Henriksen joined ArtsWA in June as a Conservation Technician for the Art in Public Places Program. She has been working in conservation for over a decade with private practice conservators.

A graduate of the North Bennet Street School in Boston, she specializes in book and paper conservation and is currently pursuing another degree at the Evergreen State College.

Meet new ArtsWA staff:

Arts in Education Program Coordinator Kalei Matsui

Kalei Matsui joined ArtsWA July 2023 and serves as the Arts in Education Program Coordinator. Previously, she held roles as Master Teaching Artist with Arts Corps and Director of Museum Services at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience. An artist in dance, music, and lei, Kalei is currently the Founding Leader of Polynesian Dance Troupe Huraiti Mana. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Seattle University where she also studied entrepreneurship and design.

Meet the ArtsWA staff

In case you missed it

🖌️ Explore: World Watercolor Month

July is World Watercolor Month! Watercolor (also called aquarelle) is a painting method in which the paints are made of color pigments in a water-based solution.

Many of the featured artists work to a large degree with watercolors and have mastered and experimented with the medium.

Explore on My Public Art Portal.

Right: Bees Leaving the Hive (1985) by Donna Mossholder at Riverside Elementary, in Chattaroy, Eastern Washington.

Bees Leaving the Hive, 1985 Donna Mossholder
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