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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 ]

How arts education made an impact at two alternative high schools serving BIPOC unstably housed youth in Southeast Seattle 2018-2020

In The CYD Secondary Arts Project, a two year pilot program, Seattle Public Schools and The Creative Advantage specifically designed arts programming to reach and engage high school communities who were unstably housed or unsheltered. In 2018, ARTS received funding through the Human Services Department (and the endorsement of the Mayor’s Innovation Team) to provide high quality and culturally-relevant arts to chronicle the… [ Keep reading ]

University of Washington Evans Capstone Team conducts a policy analysis of creative strategies for anti-displacement and cultural placekeeping

For a third consecutive year in a row, ARTS staff joined forces with a team of MPA graduate students from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance to conduct a fieldscan and pull together local best practice case studies of creative strategies for community placekeeping and… [ Keep reading ]

Creative Youth Development: Arts Strategies for Engaging Unstably Housed and Homeless Youth

Written by Hannah E. Curtis With support from the City’s Innovation & Performance team, Human Services Department, and Seattle Public Schools, the Office of Arts & Culture has initiated the Creative Youth Development (CYD) Secondary Arts Project. The CYD Secondary Arts Project invests in high quality, culturally responsive arts programs… [ Keep reading ]

ARTS partnered with UW Evans School on a study of the creative economy

In 2019, a Capstone team of University of Washington Evans School of Policy and Governance graduate students undertook a study of the region’s creative economy under the direction of the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and Office of Economic Development. The report, Assessing the Creative Economy of Seattle through… [ Keep reading ]

New Report Highlights Creative Strategies for Connected Learning

The Creative Advantage was created to ensure that all students in all Seattle Public Schools (SPS) have opportunities to learn through the arts, helping them achieve success in school and in life. In SPS high schools, this takes the form of connecting students with career opportunities in creative industries. As… [ Keep reading ]

ARTS Publishes “Capacity Building for Racial Equity in Public Art”

Public Art Boot Camp, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s award-winning program, is the subject of the publication Capacity Building for Racial Equity in Public Art (pdf). ARTS’ Public Art Program specifies that 1% of eligible city capital improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase, and… [ Keep reading ]

ARTS releases the King Street Station Community Feedback Report

Community feedback is being used to inform the programming at King Street Station SEATTLE – The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) announced the release of the King Street Station Community Feedback Report. The report represents over 500 individuals and encompasses their thoughts, dreams and ideas on how to… [ Keep reading ]

CAP Report: Implementation Update

This summer the Office of Arts & Culture published its long-anticipated CAP Report: 30 Ideas for the Creation, Activation, and Preservation of Cultural Space. The report sourced its ideas from the cultural community, the development community, from electeds, from departmental staff, and from consultants. In the short four months since… [ Keep reading ]

15 Years of Mayor’s Arts Awards

On Thursday, August 31st, the rain stopped and the sun came out for the Office of Arts & Culture’s 15th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. From beginning to end the event was exciting, filled with drama and it exemplified the Seattle arts scene. The love, gratitude, and multifaceted arts community came… [ Keep reading ]