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Register for The Creative Advantage ALL ACCESS Arts Stream SPRING Classes 

The Creative Advantage ALL ACCESS Arts Stream Spring Classes are now open for registration. A continued collaboration between Parks and Recreation, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Public Schools, and Creative Advantage Arts Partners, this program started as a pilot program in December 2020 and grew into virtual classes last spring.   

These free classes are led in real-time by master-level teaching artists for elementary-aged youth and take place virtually after school and on Saturdays. Students must enroll through the Seattle Parks & Recreation online ActiveNet registration system to receive the secure class Webex links to participate from their homes, community centers, and housing sites.   

Register the young artists you know through the links below  and help us spread the word about this free arts learning opportunity. 

Virtual Poetry – Magic Words & Magic Powers

Wednesdays, April 20 – May 18, 2022, 5-6 p.m.
Ages 7–11

Poetry can be a great tool for grounding youth in the power of imagination and language. Jay Thompson of Seattle Arts & Lectures’ WITS program invites students to use their five senses, explore their homes, play with words, and delight themselves with their poems. A link to Webex for the class will be in your email 2 days prior to class. 

Virtual Dancing Our Natural World with Pacific Northwest Ballet 

Thursdays, April 21 – May 19, 2022, 5-6 p.m.
Ages 710

Movement can share and express what you know, think, and feel. Join a teaching artist from Pacific Northwest Ballet in using nature and our physical world as inspiration for movement. A link to Webex for the class will be in your email 2 days prior to class. 

Virtual Pop-up Books and Paper Magic 

Saturdays, April 23 – May 21, 2022, 10 – 11 a.m.
Ages 8–11 

Learn how to cut and fold paper to create 2D and 3D shapes with teaching artist Jiéyì Ludden of Arts Corps. Together, you’ll explore design strategies, crafting, and storytelling in an inclusive environment. A link to Webex for the class will be in your email 2 days prior to class. 

A poem is my sweet tree of happiness 
A poem is like a warm onion 
A friend is an uproar of content 
A story is a flowing cloth 
Music is like a sightless color 
Dancing is a great wave 
A friend is like a cool morning

- Ivan, Virtual Poetry Winter Quarter 2022