By Senators Kohl-Welles, Jacobsen, Fairley, McAuliffe, Thibaudeau, Prentice, and Poulsen


     WHEREAS, The Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates its thirtieth annual tribute to the cultural traditions of Pacific Northwest communities during Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 - 27 at the Seattle Center; and


     WHEREAS, the four-day festival is recognized nationally as a major cultural event that attracts more than two hundred thousand visitors from the region and around the world to the Seattle area, significantly contributing to its economic vitality; and


     WHEREAS, the festival is a community-owned celebration, made possible by the extraordinary commitment and contribution of six thousand individuals who donate their time, talent and skill to make their festival happen; and


     WHEREAS, the festival has retained the integrity of its founding principles of accessibility through its commitment to free admission, and cultural enrichment through hands-on and participatory activities; and


     WHEREAS, the festival embodies the generosity and spirit of the people of Washington and contributes to the unique character of the state; and


     WHEREAS, the festival substantively contributes to the viability of precious cultural resources by presenting, documenting and preserving them for future generations;


     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Washington State Senate honor and celebrate thirty-one years of the Northwest Folklife Festival and its unwavering dedication to presenting music and art in community life.


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

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8768,

adopted by the Senate February 28, 2002.





Secretary of the Senate