Parents, teachers, artists, arts education supporters: make your voice known. Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and community arts organizations to create a comprehensive arts plan focused on increasing quality arts education access for all K-12 students. A vital part of this 18-month planning period is feedback from the community. There are three ways to share your thoughts on arts education in the next two months:
- Take this short survey to help Seattle Public Schools prioritize how to implement the arts plan.
- Join Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield and youth at the 2012 Arts Education Forum, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium.
- Attend one of five arts education public engagement meetings that will be held throughout the city. Stay tuned for details. You can sign up to receive information from Seattle Public Schools about these meetings in the survey.
The school district recently received a grant from The Wallace Foundation to engage the community in developing a comprehensive K-12 arts plan to provide greater arts education access citywide. The grant runs through January 2013.
Read about the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools here.
You are invited to join Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield and youth for a lively panel discussion and community forum about arts education, creative learning and student success. The 2012 Arts Education Forum is 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium.
Bring your questions for our panel of students and policymakers and learn how the city of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to help ensure arts learning can be a part of a basic education for all students.
Learn about a coordinated effort to create a comprehensive K-12 visual and performing arts plan for Seattle Public Schools. The district recently received a grant from The Wallace Foundation to engage the community in developing a plan to provide greater arts education access citywide.
Children are welcome. Free supervised arts activities and snacks will be provided for school-aged children. To sign up, call (206) 684-7372 by Friday, Feb. 10.
Sign up online to receive e-mail updates and learn about opportunities to get involved.
The district is seeking an experienced and knowledgeable individual or firm for the project. The consultant will provide communication services that ensure the planning process builds understanding of the current arts education conditions in Seattle and public support for students’ increased access to high-quality arts education opportunities. The consultant will also ensure the final plan submitted to The Wallace Foundation is well organized, clear, and represents the values of stakeholders.
Read about the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools here.
Proposals are due to Seattle Public Schools by 9 a.m., January 24. Go to the SPS website for the RFP and additional information.
KUOW’s “Weekday” show aired a discussion today on arts education in Seattle schools. Listen to the show here.
Leading the discussion are Carri Campbell, visual and performing arts manager of Seattle Public Schools; Sandra Jackson–Dumont, chair of the Arts Education Committee of the Seattle Arts Commission and deputy director for education and public programs and adjunct curator at the Seattle Art Museum; and Elizabeth Whitford, executive director of Arts Corps. They discuss the current state of arts education in Seattle schools, efforts to give students equal access to arts education, and the value of arts in learning.
Hear about our office’s Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the $1 million grant that The Wallace Foundation gave to Seattle Public Schools for arts education planning, and what SAM, Arts Corps and other organizations are doing to bring arts to local youth.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is seeking proposals for a consultant to coordinate the development of a K-12 visual and performing arts plan. The consultant’s tasks will include submission of the final arts plan to The Wallace Foundation, a New York-based national philanthropy.
In July, SPS received a $1 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to engage the community and develop a multi-year plan for introducing more arts instruction into the classroom. The planning grant, which runs through January 2013, will support development of a comprehensive K-12 arts education plan aimed at increasing quality learning opportunities.
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has an Arts Education Partnership with SPS. This five-year initiative, begun in 2008, aims to make quality arts education accessible to every student with a focus on lower income communities and communities of color. The successful partnership helped leverage the planning grant from the The Wallace Foundation. The planning process will build on and advance the work of the partnership.
RFPs for the consultant position are due to SPS by 10 a.m., Nov. 23. Go to the SPS website for the RFP and additional information.
Considering that training and participation in the arts help keep students in school, engaged and motivated to learn, we thought you might be interested in today’s (Oct. 3) announcement of a citywide campaign to improve school attendance.
Mayor Mike McGinn and Interim Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield launched Be Here Get There, a research-driven, incentive-based campaign designed to raise awareness and improve academic achievement by improving citywide school attendance.
“Research has shown that students with more than 20 absences per year have less than a one in five chance of graduating from high school,” said McGinn. “Chronic absence in our schools should be a concern for everyone. We can and must do better for our students.”
Be Here Get There is a joint initiative of the city of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools, the Alliance for Education and Get Schooled to raise awareness of the importance of going to school using community-wide education and incentives. The campaign will address the chronic absenteeism currently affecting public schools across Seattle and help improve academic achievement, boost overall student success and cultivate a lifelong passion for learning.
“This campaign is a way to bring the community together to work towards a shared goal of improving outcomes for students,” said Enfield. “In the 2009-2010 school year, only 62 percent of students met our attendance goal. It will take all of us working together to meet Seattle Public Schools’ goal to have at least 80 percent of students with fewer than 10 absences by 2013.”
The Be Here Get There campaign aims to make schools engaging and attractive to students by rewarding positive behavior. The campaign also makes use of healthy competitions at the school and classroom level to get students energized to go to school. To learn more about some of the contests and incentives planned for October, visit the Get Schooled website, which will simultaneously track school attendance, allowing students at schools across the city to see how they compare.
A partial list of sponsors includes Molly Moon’s, Pagliacci Pizza, Starbucks, Raleigh Bicycles, Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project, KEXP, KUBE 93, KISS FM, and more to be announced throughout the campaign. The campaign will actively seek prize donations throughout the school year.
Beyond incentives and competitions in schools, Be Here Get There will focus on strategies for schools, students, families and the community, as well as the shared responsibility to improve attendance. The campaign will address chronic absenteeism in ways that meet the needs of students, families and schools.
Read the full press release here.
Seattle Public Schools just announced a $1 million planning grant to enhance arts instruction in the schools. We opened two calls for artists. The 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards are coming up soon. The Seattle Mural at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre is getting a facelift. And Pioneer Square’s Occidental Square has turned into an experimental art gallery.
Read about all this and more here.
It feels like summer has finally begun in Seattle, which seems strange to me as it’s already getting close to back-to-school time. While it doesn’t affect me personally, I’m looking forward to the start of a new school year, thanks to the recent announcement that Seattle Public Schools is the recipient of a $1 million planning grant from the New-York based Wallace Foundation to engage the community in developing a plan to enhance arts instruction in the classroom.
This week, I along with representatives from the Seattle Arts Commission met with Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield to discuss the planning grant, which will support the development of a comprehensive K-12 arts education plan aimed at increasing quality arts learning opportunities for all students in Seattle Public Schools, especially those with the least access.
Seattle was selected from a pool of 53 cities to apply for the Wallace Foundation Arts Learning Initiative planning grant, thanks in large part to the progress of the Seattle Arts Education Partnership—a multiyear collaboration between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools—to put the arts back in education for all students.
There is no disputing that the arts are an essential ingredient in a complete education. Evidence suggests that when schools invest in arts education, students demonstrate academic gains. And when students engage in creative expression, they benefit from increased self-confidence, sharpened attention and teamwork skills, which lead to success in career and life.
As part of the planning process, which will conclude in January 2013, the district will engage the community in a coordinated effort to develop a comprehensive arts education plan. To help shape the plan, the school district will tap teachers, arts organizations, city and community agencies, families and funders through focus groups, surveys and meetings.
I am very excited that OACA and the Seattle Arts Commission will work with the district to implement this important work for the future of our students.
Vincent E. Kitch
Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield invite you to join them for an open community meeting and Q&A session, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21. The meeting will be at the South Shore Elementary School Rotunda, 4800 S. Henderson.
They’ll share information about city‐wide youth programs and opportunities, the proposed Families & Education Levy and more. The event features entertainment by the hit band School of Rock, supervised activities for young children, and water and light snacks.
Please RSVP here.
Parking is available at the school. Interpretation and translation will be provided in the following languages: American Sign Language, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Oromo
This meeting is part of an ongoing series of community outreach meetings as part of the Mayor’s Engage Seattle and Youth & Families initiatives.