In 2006, the Prosperity Partnership, a coalition of business, labor, government, non-profit, and educational leaders in the Puget Sound region, created a Cultural Taskforce to focus on strategies to support improved access to Puget Sound cultural organizations. In its report published in 2012, the Cultural Taskforce recommended that the State of Washington authorize the local creation of cultural access funds, statewide. (Regional Economic Strategy for the Central Puget Sound Region - please reference page 53)

Today, Cultural Access Washington is a coalition of more than 35 cultural, science, and heritage institutions.


Our Mission:

To transform communities across Washington State through the inspiration of arts, science, and heritage experiences.

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;
  • Local communities serve as champions of their own cultural identities and legacies.
  • 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.

Cultural Access 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
  • Will Daugherty
    Pacific Science Center
  • Bob Davidson
    Seattle Aquarium
  • David Fischer
    Tacoma Arts Live
  • Matt Hayes
    Museum of Flight
  • Joshua Heim
    Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue
  • Andy Jensen
    Legislative Committee, WA State PTSA
  • 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
    Seattle Center Cultural Programs
  • Kim Rorschach
    Seattle Art Museum
  • Bernie Griffin
    5th Avenue Theatre
  • Shannon Halberstadt
    Artist Trust
  • Kelly Hart
    Allied Arts
  • Michael Herschensohn
    Queen Anne Historical Society
  • Karen Hanan
  • Christopher Shainin
  • Melissa Huggins
    Spokane Arts
  • Sandy McDade


  • Manny R. Cawaling
    Executive Director
  • Margaret Thompson
    Administrative Assistant

Paid for by Inspire Washington, P.O. Box 806, Seattle, WA 98111