About Our Work

ArtsEd Washington creates enduring system-wide change to ensure that the arts play an integral role in the education of every child in every school. Learning the arts keeps students engaged in school, improves their academic success and ignites the creativity that develops them into leaders in work and in life.

Arts education matters:

The arts are a required core academic subject under Washington state law, yet chronic underfunding of our public education system causes the arts to be provided inconsistently and sparsely across the state. That means students in Washington are not receiving the education they’ve been promised and that they deserve. That’s why…

ArtsEd Washington is a relentless advocate for arts learning in schools:

  • Research shows that low-income students gain great academic benefit form learning the arts in school, but they are the least likely to receive arts education. We stand up for all students to make sure that a lack of financial resources never keeps a single child from an education that includes the arts.
  • We educate parents, educators, communities, and policymakers about inequities in arts learning.
  • We act as a statewide watchdog to ensure that arts education is incorporated equitably, sustainably, and holistically into the basic education program of every school district in the state.

ArtsEd Washington helps schools and school districts develop, implement, and sustain great arts education:

  • State laws, rules, and regulations about the arts in public schools are complex. We help school districts figure out what’s required and then help them plan and provide outstanding arts education in their schools.
  • ArtsEd Washington trains principals to understand the value of arts learning and to engage their teachers, parents, and communities in providing high quality arts learning to students.
  • We guide school districts in creating vibrant, inventive, and engaging arts programs that make schools more effective and exciting places to learn.

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    • ArtsEd WA Part of Arts Vision for Seattle Public Schools

      2013: ArtsEd Washington was at the heart of the action as Executive Director Una McAlinden facilitated the creation of a concrete and specific arts vision for the Seattle Public Schools Central Pathway (the K-12 schools in the Washington Middle School service area). Principals from all the schools within this pathway came together with parents and teachers under the leadership of their Executive Director of Schools, Nancy Coogan, committed to improving the provision of arts learning for the students they serve. The team used a racial equity lens to examine arts access data for their pathway as a whole, considered the key components of a high quality arts program, and participated in arts learninSup. Banda SPSg. Given the recent shift from school choice to neighborhood schools in Seattle, this was the first time that the leaders from a K-12 pathway have planned the provision of a continuum of learning together, and it also marked the launch of the SPS districtwide K-12 Arts Plan.

      Superintendent Banda (pictured) joined the group to celebrate the vision and spoke passionately in support of the social justice which requires that this work continues. Congratulations to these leaders for all their work!