Do your homework. Read before you vote and find out what the candidates for Seattle School Board have to say about arts education. Don’t delay. Election Day is Nov. 8. Thanks to our partner ArtsEd Washington who helped us put out the survey.
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.
We sat down with the five candidates for Seattle School Board and asked them a series of questions about arts education. Hear what they have to say about the role of the arts in closing the achievement gap and boosting graduation rates, their arts experiences as kids and their views on the value of arts in the classroom.
We recorded the interviews at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Sept. 24 and 25. Special thanks to the Youth Media Institute headed by Seattle Arts Commissioner Estevan Muñoz-Howard and to student recording engineer Cham Ba.
Image: Beacon Hill Elementary students delight at an Imani Winds performance. The quintet was in residence at the school as part of the UW World Series Community Connections program. Photo by Lee Talner.