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The Creative Advantage (Re)Ignites Joyful Partnerships

by Rayna Mathis, Seattle Public Schools Creative Advantage Project Manager On December 1, school leaders and arts partners gathered at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) on a snowy Thursday evening in Volunteer Park for The Creative Advantage: Re(Igniting) Joyful Partnerships event. After offering virtual and limited in-person programming during… [ Keep reading ]

The Creative Advantage Summer Institute Success

by Tina LaPadula, Arts Education Project Manager, photos by Ground Zero On August 18, more than 125 community arts educators and teachers flooded into the Seattle Art Museum to attend The Creative Advantage Summer Institute. Seattle JazzEd youth performers blared big band standards to greet the attendees, and a full… [ Keep reading ]

The Creative Advantage Celebratory Tour

by Tina LaPadula Just prior to the end of the 22/23 school year, we went on a “Creative Advantage Celebratory Tour” to observe teaching artists from The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster and to talk with principals about arts education at their schools. Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Visual +… [ Keep reading ]

Artists Selected for Art Interruptions 2022 along Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), has commissioned four emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway for Art Interruptions 2022. The artworks will be installed on city-owned infrastructure and offer passers-by a brief… [ Keep reading ]

Exhibitions on Feminine Power and Transgender Transformation

May 5 – July 7, 2022 ARTS at King Street Station is opening an upcoming exhibition from two exciting artists that explores feminine power, transgender transformation, fertility and self-determination: Hanako O’Leary: Izanami and Yomi and Molly Jae Vaughan: Her Body and After Boucher. “Self-determination for marginalized people is always an… [ Keep reading ]

Student murals honoring the history of Rainier Beach High School

by Eboni Wyatt, excerpted by Tina LaPadula The Creative Advantage student residencies are flourishing at many Seattle Public Schools this spring. This spotlight focuses on a cool project collaboration with Urban ArtWorks, who is also a Community Arts Partner Roster. This March Urban ArtWorks piloted a new program at Rainier… [ Keep reading ]

Species Extinction Explored in New Art Exhibition

February 3 – April 7, 2022 The 1 Million – Multiple Species Eradication explores bio-/multi-species extinctions and the species affected by humanity’s mass resource extraction. Inspired by this National Geographic article, artist Carol Rashawnna Williams created the large scale monoprint installation with seven contributing local/national visual artists: “We are NO… [ Keep reading ]

Reflections on The Creative Advantage 2021 VIRTUAL Summer Institute

by Tina LaPadula, Arts Education Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture The transition “back to school” for The Creative Advantage arts education community kicked off at the Virtual Summer Institute on August 19, 2021. Traditionally hosted by the Seattle Art Museum at their downtown location, this year’s version was… [ Keep reading ]

How Creative Strategies Can Build Relationships and Awareness within Racial Equity Learning Cohorts Focused on Environmental Justice

By Diana Dvora Falchuk How can individuals use arts, culture, mindfulness, and embodiment to help transform systems and institutions toward racial and environmental justice? One potential approach is through learning cohort models. Our office (ARTS) partnered with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment,… [ Keep reading ]

2020 -2021 The Creative Advantage Professional Learning

by Regan Pro, Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education & Public Engagement at the Seattle Art Musuem For the past eight years The Creative Advantage in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum has provided free professional learning opportunities for teachers, teaching artists and community organizations. With a primary focus always… [ Keep reading ]