Dear Representative (or Senator) _______________,
I urge you to support and advocate for full funding of the Building for the Arts Program within the 2017-2019 biennium state capital budget, and particularly funding for the Richard Hugo House project.
Hugo House is nonprofit that serves Washington State’s writers and readers. Last year, Hugo House served more than 12,000 people, provided nearly 3,000 hours of classroom instruction, and awarded almost $20,000 in scholarships.
Now Hugo House needs funding for a new home, necessitated by redevelopment of the property. This funding is needed this year in order to complete Hugo House’s construction obligations, and support from the Building for the Arts is vital.
Funding the Building for the Arts grant program fuels our region’s cultural vitality and improves Washington’s quality of life. Hugo House is an organization that is the hub of a vibrant community that is important in helping tell the stories of Washington State.
I thank you for your consideration.