ARTS is spotlighting the incredible members of our Community Arts Partner Roster. This month the spotlight is on Jack Straw Cultural Center. A community-based resource since 1962, Jack Straw provides a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw focuses on annual artist residencies through their Artist Support Program, Writers Program, and Gallery Residency Program; art and technology education for all ages; arts heritage partnerships; and radio production.
As a community arts partner Jack Straw provides students at all grade levels with the tools to tell their stories using audio technology. Students work with artists from several disciplines, including theater, writing, music, visual art, and digital media, in integrated arts residencies, both in classrooms and in their University District studios. Students, working individually and in small groups, all create their own audio stories, music, and/or visual art. Jack Straw’s teaching artists are also skilled in providing English language learners, disabled youth, and special education students with accessible arts education opportunities and programs for students that need more attention on building literacy skills. They maintain a low ratio of students to artists so that students have the special attention they need for a strong, accessible, hands-on experience.
Jack Straw Cultural Center is currently accepting applications from Seattle high school students for a new pilot program: The Jack Straw Young Writers Program. The Young Writers Program will introduce high school writers to the medium of recorded audio, provide them with literary mentorship, develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, and present them in public readings at Jack Straw. Application deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, January 22nd, 2016. For more information visit: http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/ed/youngwriters.shtml
About the roster:
The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. Schools, community agencies, and other public and private entities are encouraged to utilize this list when seeking partners to lead creative learning opportunities with their program participants. http://www.creativeadvantageseattle.org/community-arts-partner-roster/
Join us to kick-off a new series of free Creative Advantage Arts Partner trainings.
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5-8 p.m.
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Alvord Board Room
1400 E Prospect St.,
Seattle, WA 98112
Creative Advantage Workshops
The Creative Advantage invests in artists and educators thru ongoing professional learning opportunities that deepen qualities of practice and foster community. Emerging to established teaching artists, teachers, administrators, and youth development workers are invited to participate in these trainings. All trainings are presented in partnership with Seattle Art Museum.
Sessions in this series
Saturday, February 20
Workshop 1: Social Practice in Arts Education
Saturday, March 19
Workshop 2: Strategies for Youth Voice
Saturday, April 2
Workshop 3: Trauma Informed Practice
Saturday, May 7
Workshop 4: Social & Emotional Learning
Workshops offered at no cost to participants. Online registration required and includes three Washington State Clock hours for teachers.
ARTS is spotlighting the incredible members of our Community Arts Partner Roster. This month the spotlight is on Totem Star. Housed at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Delridge, Totem Star empowers youth with life skills through music production, performance, and business experience to increase leadership, civic engagement, and community building. Using the model of a record label, youth create and perform music, produce public events, and contribute to their communities as working artists and organizers.
As a community arts partner Totem Star collaborates with teachers to create a customized music curriculum to fit the needs of students at all grade levels, complementing core subject themes in the classroom. K-5 students may enjoy a beginner `ukulele class while 6-8 students write lyrics to a song and record vocals. 9-12 students may be interested in producing beats or starting a band.
Through flexibility in arts and music learning and a commitment to 21st century learning skills, Totem Star strives to engage youth in meaningful projects with a transformative impact on their lives.
On Friday, December 4 from 5-8 p.m. Totem Star presents their 2nd annual Winter Magic youth arts showcase. The event will be held at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and will feature music, dance, poetry and more. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/433559123501743/
About the roster:
The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. Schools, community agencies, and other public and private entities are encouraged to access this list when seeking partners to lead creative learning opportunities with their program participants
Image courtesy of Totem Star
The Creative Advantage invests in artists and educators thru ongoing professional learning opportunities that deepen qualities of practice and foster community within the field, locally.
Our most recent convening, the annual School Partner Summer Institute, drew 116 participants to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on August 20, 2015 for a day of engaged learning, creativity and reflection. In attendance where teaching artists, certificated teachers, youth development staff, arts administrators and more.
From a rich keynote on racial equity and social justice in the arts to the opening day poetry performance on culturally relevant and responsive teaching, the framing of our time together was clear and purposeful. Workshop sessions included topics on arts integration, creating equity in the classroom, cultivating growth-mindset, building community, and social emotional learning.
We are grateful to facilitators and participants, alike. Each has shared critical and rich feedback to inform future offerings that center creativity, collaboration, and equity.
“It was great to be amongst so many energetic arts educators and to hear their insights on the work that has been done, and still needs to be done in Seattle. The mix of teachers, teaching artists, and CBO’s (community based organizations) provided a range of perspectives and insights.”
“I think an understanding of implicit bias and equity is so important for our work as arts educators. Glad to see the topic tackled head-on.”
“There is an amazing and motivated community of educators supporting arts education in Seattle. There has been lots done, but still much work to be accomplished across the board.”
Stay tuned for more professional learning opportunities from Creative Advantage this fall.
The Seattle Public Schools’ School and Community Partnership department, which is committed to building the capacity of community based organizations partnership with schools, has launched a Professional Development calendar for Education Partners.
Events on the calendar are designed for community-based organization staff and volunteers, and other partners to help them align their work and authentically partner with Seattle Public Schools.
The next upcoming event:
Data Stewardship and Introduction to Analysis Tuesday, October 6, 10 a.m. John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence 2445 3rd Ave S (at Lander St), Seattle, WA 98134
If you weren’t able to attend the September training, fear not – you have another opportunity! This training is for anyone who is planning to or interested in receiving student-level data from SPS. It will cover FERPA regulations, SPS data stewardship best practices and scenarios, and the basics regarding analyzing data
Excerpted from GuildNotes, a quarterly newsletter from the National Guild for Community Arts Education, is an article from Renée Watson, former associate director of professional development for DreamYard Project in the Bronx. In Beginning the Journey Toward Social Justice Watson discusses ways in which systemic oppression can manifest within our institutions and why a focus on organizational change is critical to achieving social justice more broadly.
At the Conference for Community Arts Education, Renée, along with Ama Codjoe (DreamYard Art Center), will take a deep-dive into this vital topic during their preconference, Social Justice Beyond the Classroom: Moving Toward Equity and Organizational Change.