Travel Notes: On the Road in Washington

February 11, 2013

Notes from the Editor

This past week, I attended the Washington Heritage Conference in Olympia, Washington. Co-sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society, the Washington State Arts Commission, the Washington State Arts Alliance, and the Washington Museum Association, the 2013 Art of Heritage conference brought together individuals from a variety of cultural organizations throughout the state. An array of presentations, discussions, and workshops, offered an opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight into special programming, funding needs, archival challenges, board development, organizational branding, and more.

One of the highlights for me was chatting with the luncheon keynote speaker Carol Kammen, who is a Cornell University Senior Lecturer, a columnist for the American Association of State and Local History, and author of the History Press book Ithaca: A Brief History. Another highlight was the afternoon panel on “Museums, Arts and Historic Sites Synergy,” which demonstrated how heritage sites can work with artists to bring new energy and new audiences to their spaces. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to check out 4 Culture’s site-specific program (www.sitespecificarts.org) sponsoring collaboration between individual artists and preservation sites… it’s well worth exploring!

A big thanks to all of the folks I had a chance to speak with and to the wonderful Washington Heritage Conference organizers and presenters.

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