Today, Cultural Access Washington and the Washington State Arts Alliance have joined forces. With an energized vision and new name, Inspire Washington aims to build a broad and powerful statewide coalition to champion advocacy and resource development for Washington's cultural sector. Our powerful union of science, heritage, and the arts, creates extensive reach, profound impact and innovative opportunities.


Our Mission:

Inspire Washington nurtures the human spirit and strengthens communities by increasing access to science, heritage, and arts programming through advocacy, resource development, education, and coalition building.

Our Vision:

We envision vibrant communities where:

  • Our unique and shared histories bring people together, lift them up and empower them to succeed;
  • Everyone in our society has the ability to benefit from and be inspired by the cultural experiences available in our state;
  • Our arts, science, and heritage organizations, from the smallest grassroots enterprises to the largest institutions, have sustainable resources to create wide and deep human impact through their work.

Inspire Washington
Board of Trustees

  • Benjamin Moore
    WA State Cultural Leader
  • Richard Beckerman
    Museum consultant
  • Janell Johnson
    Village Theatre
    Vice President
  • Putter Bert
    Kids Quest Museum
  • Alejandro Grajal
    Woodland Park Zoo
    Vice President
  • Ellen Walker
    Pacific Northwest Ballet
    Vice President
  • Dwight Gee
    WA State Cultural Leader
  • Jared Axelrod
    Community Leader/Cultural Advocate
  • Will Daugherty
    Pacific Science Center
  • Bob Davidson
    Seattle Aquarium
  • Andy Jensen
    WA State PTSA/Seattle Council of PTSAs
  • Douglas R. King
    Museum of Flight
  • Josh LaBelle
    Seattle Theatre Group
  • Joe McIalwain
    Edmonds Center for the Arts
  • Karen Mobley
    WA State Cultural Leader
  • Dominica Myers
    Seattle Opera/Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
  • Katie Oman
    Arts & Culture Consultant
  • Steve Sneed
    WA State Cultural Leader
  • Bernie Griffin
    5th Avenue Theatre
  • Karina Ajit Bharne
    Symphony Tacoma
  • Danielle Gahl
    ArtsED WA
  • Melissa Huggins
    Spokane Arts
  • MaryGrace Goddu
    City of Olympia
  • Lorie Hoffman
    Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
  • Latha Sambamurti
    Ananda Mela
  • Preeti Shridhar
    City of Renton
  • Krishna Thiagarajan
    Seattle Symphony
  • Amada Cruz
    Seattle Art Museum
  • Davin Diaz
    DrewBoy Creative & Arts Center Task Force
  • Marlette Bucanan
    Seattle Music Partners
  • James Kraft
  • Shannon Halberstadt
    WA State Cultural Leader
  • Kelly Hart
    Allied Arts of Whatcom County
  • Michael Herschensohn
    Queen Anne Historical Society
  • Karen Hanan
  • Christopher Shainin
  • Michael Greer


  • Manny R. Cawaling
    Executive Director
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  • Margaret Thompson
    Programs Coordinator
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  • Gabby Segovia
    Advocacy Coordinator
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Paid for by Inspire Washington, P.O. Box 806, Seattle, WA 98111