Arts, Cultures & Heritage

Watch: Black Lives Matter, Olympia 2020

This video was commissioned by the City of Olympia to document the visual expression that appeared downtown in the spring and summer of 2020, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Spoken word written by Anthony Markland and read by Laila Markland illuminates the power of these images.

Collage of arts, cultures & heritage photos

Expanding the Arts, Cultures and Heritage (ArCH) in Olympia

The City is working to enhance the Olympia's offerings of and support for programs, activities and events in arts, cultures and heritage (ArCH). The purpose of the ArCH Report is to look at ways to take the City's arts, cultures and heritage programs, events and experiences to the next level.

Our goals are:

  • To refresh and expand Olympia's efforts to deliver creative and effective public programs and support for arts, cultures and heritage, and to reach participants and supporters of arts,cultures and heritage who are increasingly sophisticated, mobile and diverse.
  • To ensure arts, cultures and heritage contribute to the City's comprehensive plan; the Parks, Arts & Recreation Plan, and the Downtown Strategy.
  • To grow and enrich participation of community groups, artists, historians and others in Olympia's arts, cultures, and heritage profile.
  • To establish a broader nationwide reputation for arts, cultures and heritage.
  • To provide analysis, clarify options, and explore mechanisms for strengthening the City's commitments to arts, cultures and heritage.


Contact Marygrace Goddu, Arts, Cultures & Heritage Coordinator at 360.753.8031 or

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