OLYMPIA – State Senator Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, has been recognized for her leadership and support of arts and cultural heritage in Washington state.

Wellman received the 2018 Cultural Advocacy Award from the Washington State Arts Alliance in Olympia this week as senators returned to the capitol for Assembly Committee Days.

During her tech career, Lisa headed the creative markets for Apple worldwide and has developed her own art as a photographer. She is a longtime supporter of regional arts and culture in Washington.

“Arts and culture have always been an essential part of my life. We have a talented and dedicated arts community here in the Northwest and with our focus on STEM, it’s ever more important that we recognize and foster creativity,” Wellman said.

Wellman was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Washington State Arts Commission in 2017. Created in 1961 to promote the public value of art, the commission focuses on nurturing new leaders, strengthening arts education, and building community participation.

“We know how beneficial arts education can be for our students and in our communities,” Wellman said. “I’m so proud to be on a team dedicated to such a worthy goal. We must continue to remind each other of the power of art, especially for young developing minds.”

Wellman will likely return as chair of the Senate Education Committee when the 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 14.