By Senators Winsley, Thibaudeau, Keiser, Johnson, Roach, Fraser, Spanel, McAuliffe, Haugen, Regala and Kohl-Welles


     WHEREAS, The presence of art gives a community grace and makes the statement that the people who live there matter; and


     WHEREAS, The literary, performing and visual arts are vibrant threads weaving through the beautiful tapestry of life in the state of Washington; and


     WHEREAS, The arts foster communication and understanding across diverse cultures, and transmit core national and local values to future generations; and


     WHEREAS, The arts assist with the teaching of other subjects in our schools, and foster creative and logical analysis, self-discipline, cooperation, and teamwork; and


     WHEREAS, The arts contribute to the development of our state's communities by generating millions of dollars in revenue each year through performances, projects, exhibitions, festivals, art walks, craft fairs, and concerts; and


     WHEREAS, Washington State has received international acclaim for the outstanding quality of our artists, arts educators, and arts agencies, facilities, organizations, and institutions, drawing audiences from across the nation and the world to the Northwest, and making cultural tourism a vital part of our economy; and


     WHEREAS, The arts industry provides exciting forums for discussion and collaboration between cultural communities to identified cultural goals of the area;


     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize and honor the arts, artists, art agencies and art educators of Washington State; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Washington State Arts Commission and to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8748,

adopted by the Senate February 12, 2002.





Secretary of the Senate