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.
Make sure it’s on your calendar! 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. The forum is presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools with support from Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences.
Bring your questions for our panel of students and policymakers and hear how our office and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to help ensure arts learning can be a part of a complete 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.
Youth participants include panel moderator Henry Luke, a 2011 graduate of Nova High School and the Seattle coordinator for Youth Speaks, a nonprofit spoken word and youth development program; Maddie Thomas, a junior at Ballard High School, member of Seattle Art Museum’s Teen Advisory Board and a fashion blogger; Vivi Perez, a 2010 graduate of Ballard High School and JustServe AmeriCorps Anti-Violence Corps team leader.
Children are welcome at the forum. Free supervised arts activities and snacks will be provided for school-aged children. To sign up, call (206) 684-7372 by Friday, Feb. 10.
Our director talks about investing in the arts and preserving admission tax funding. We joined with Mayor Mike McGinn and a few of our funded partners in announcing more than $1.6 million in investments in 137 Seattle arts organizations through our Civic Partners program. Join in a lively panel discussion and community forum about arts education, creative learning and student success. Storefronts Seattle seeks artists to develop art projects for vacant storefronts in various Seattle neighborhoods.
Artist John Fleming will serve up a side of sidewalk art at the Bitter Lake Community Center’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, Feb. 26. The 2013 Youth Arts funding program applications are due Feb. 15. And our office and 4Culture present ceramic artworks from their public art collections in the exhibition Enduring Clay: Four Decades of Collecting Ceramics by the City of Seattle and King County.
Read about these stories and more here.
Image: Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) principal dancers Maria Chapman and Jeffrey Stanton with PNB Company dancers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. PNB is one of the 137 organizations funded through the Civic Partners program in 2012. Photo © Angela Sterling.
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 Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting project applications for our Youth Arts program. The program supports arts training opportunities for Seattle’s middle and high school youth outside of school hours in a variety of artistic disciplines, including visual and literary arts, theater, music, dance and film.
Individual teaching artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship are eligible to apply. Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Funding awards may range up to $10,000 for projects that will take place between September 2012 and September 2013.
“Arts training provides positive outlets, encourages creative expression and helps our young people succeed in learning and in life,” said Vincent Kitch, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The arts are an essential ingredient in a complete education and play an important role in developing the next generation of engaged leaders.”
The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. For more information and to access the online application, click here.
Applicants can learn more about the Youth Arts program at an upcoming informational workshop, Monday, Jan. 9. Staff will also offer feedback on draft applications at two review sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 30.
We partnered with the Seattle Arts Commission and ArtsEd Washington to develop and send a short questionnaire about arts education to each of the eight candidates running for four seats on the Seattle School Board.
We asked the candidates about their arts experiences growing up, what role arts education can play in closing the achievement/opportunity gap and how they would help shape school board policy for arts education. We urge you to read their full responses online.
The Seattle School Board represents seven geographical regions, known as Districts, within the city of Seattle. All Seattle voters get to vote for the four open board positions in the Nov. 8 general election.
Want to know more about the candidates? Watch a Sept. 28 election debate between candidates for Seattle School Board on Seattle Channel.
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.