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Opportunities for Teaching Artists

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is committed to providing opportunities that promote arts education in Seattle. ARTS’s latest endeavor, The Creative Advantage, will support teaching artists and arts and culture organizations in their partnerships with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) via professional development, evaluation, and the community arts partner roster.

In addition to The Creative Advantage the office supports youth arts opportunities in a number of ways. Funding programs such as Youth Arts and Work Readiness Arts Program (WRAP) provide funding for teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions to help financially support their out-of-school-time youth arts programs.

This also can be seen through LHPAI’s (Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute) performing arts education program. LHPAI offers multi-disciplinary experiences that build skills, enrich and enhance cultural awareness, personal commitment and civic engagement.

Each of these programs recognizes the importance of culturally rich learning experiences that are relevant and responsive to student interests and needs.

ARTS values the work that teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions do to connect Seattle youth to creative learning opportunities in the arts.  The arts are a key component of high-quality education, and a guarantee of basic education in the state of Washington.  The arts foster creative and critical thinking skills, collaboration, communication, persistence and growth-mindset, and a myriad of other attributes contributing to the healthy development of individuals and communities. To get support for your efforts, take a look at three opportunities our office offers:

Youth Arts Funding

Funding for 2014-15 Youth Arts projects is now available

Application currently open

Deadline:  Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Youth Arts is an annual funding program that makes a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster

Application opens:  Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster will maintain a list of teaching artists and arts and culture organizations, qualified to lead school day residencies in integrated or cultural arts, and professional development for teachers in integrated arts strategies.

Please sign up for the e-newsletter for up-to-date information on ARTS programs. Also, check out our current and upcoming arts education opportunities, and apply today!


Application scheduled to launch in February 2014

ARTS, in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), will solicit proposals from arts, cultural and community organizations interested in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 14 to 18 years old.