Archives: Events

ArtsEd Washington/ AWSP Principals Forum 2015

Closing the Gap: The Vital Connection Between Equitable Arts Provision & Student Success A peer forum for principals, assistant principals, and district administrators/elected leaders Presented by ArtsEd Washington (Principals Arts Leadership Program) & the Association of Washington School Principals Date: Tuesday, April 21     Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Location: Cornish Playhouse (Seattle Center) | 201 Mercer Street | Seattle, WA […]
Also posted in News, Principals' Arts Leadership, Uncategorized
Comments closed

Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children Grants

Crayola, in collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), seeks to support educators as they nurture creativity in the classroom.  With up to 20 grants available, educators who encourage children’s self expression and imagination are invited to apply.  Must be a member of NAESP.  Find more details and apply. Application deadline:  July […]
Also posted in Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged , , Comments closed

MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Award

The MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program provides financial support for arts learning in K-12 public schools that prioritize student achievement while addressing state arts education standards.  Read the details and application guidelines. Application deadline:  May 20, 2011
Also posted in Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged , , Comments closed

Golden Apple Awards: Recognizing Our Educators

Know a teacher who is making a difference in education through the arts? Nominations are now being accepted for the Golden Apple Awards.  The recipients are to represent the best in preK-12 education across Washington state.  Previous recipients include art teachers, arts organizations, arts education coordinators, and non-art teachers who utilize arts-teaching methods.  Learn more […]
Also posted in Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged , Comments closed

Target’s Art and Culture in Schools Grant

With the belief that the arts are part of a well-rounded education that every child deserves, Target offers their Art and Culture in Schools Grant, helping keep arts and culture in the classroom year after year.  Find more details including guidelines and the application process. Application deadline:  April 30
Also posted in Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged , , Comments closed

VSA Seeks Visual and Performing Teaching Artists With Disabilities for Fellowship Program

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, is seeking outstanding visual and performing teaching artists with disabilities for the 2011-12 Teaching Artist Fellowship program. The program recognizes the value teaching artists in integrating the arts into education, and seeks to enable artists with disabilities to serve as role models of diversity, expression, and inclusive […]
Also posted in Opportunity for Teachers, Uncategorized
Tagged Comments closed

11th Annual Music Student Scholarships

Finish this essay: “How my music teacher has influenced me and my goals in school…” You could win your share of $20,000 including music products for your school music program! For more information, please click here.
Also posted in Community Resources, Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged , , , , , , Comments closed

NAMM Foundation WannaPlay Fund

The WannaPlay Fund provides musical instruments to students with a demonstrated need and the school and organizations that serve them. For more information please click here.
Also posted in Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged , , , , Comments closed

All Kids Can CREATE

The All Kids Can CREATE visual arts program showcases how students with and without disabilities learn through the arts in their schools and communities. The program is presented annually by VSA and CVS Caremark All Kids Can. All submitted artwork will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in a national touring […]
Also posted in Community Resources, Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged , , , , , , , Comments closed

The Foundation Center Launches GrantSpace

GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. GrantSpaceSM is the place for grantseekers to: EXPLORE in-depth content ENGAGE with a community of peers and experts ENERGIZE your fundraising efforts For more information, or to access GrantSpace, please visit http://grantspace.org/.
Also posted in Opportunity for Teachers
Tagged Comments closed
  • Random Posts

    • PAL Spotlight On: Madrona K-8 School

      Madrona kids picture

      “It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal,” Farah exclaims. “PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.”

      The Arts are Alive Thanks to Strong Leadership and PAL

      Throngs of students fill the halls with busy footsteps and the buzz of chatter as part of the daily routine at the Madrona K-8 School in Seattle.

      It’s a familiar scene in schools across Washington state. However, less typical – especially for a school where more than three quarters of its students fall below the poverty line – are the joyful musical strains that fill the air in every corridor.

      At Madrona, the halls are indeed alive with the sound of music and the arts are thriving, due in large part to the leadership of its school principal, Farah Thaxton, and ArtsEd Washington’s Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) Program.

      A Leap of Faith Shifts the Tide

      Prior to Farah’s leadership, Madrona had limited arts programming during the school day. Determined to shift the tide, Farah began to build out core arts classes, community arts partnerships and integrated arts learning opportunities. Farah hired a full time K-5 music teacher and a part-time instrumental teacher to bridge the arts opportunity gap, and build a path for her students into high school music programs. With support from the Central Office she purchased instruments and supplies, and through a Dept. of Education Grant began a 3-year partnership with Arts Impact to provide K-5 integrated arts teacher professional development focused on literacy and mathematics.

      Within a short period of time, the Madrona school day was infused with the arts but Farah recognized resources and strategies weren’t coordinated or leveraged.  She realized that, as principal, she needed to expand her own capacities in arts leadership, if the efforts were to build and sustain. Taking a leap of faith, she then applied to ArtsEd Washington’s PAL Program.

      “We absolutely wanted our commitment and practice of providing arts education to our students to be sustainable,” notes Farah, “which is why I jumped at the chance to get Madrona on board with PAL.”

      Farah paired PAL’s strong support and resources with a new School Arts Team, comprised of teachers, parents, and a community partner from ArtsCorp. Working with their PAL Coach (a PAL Program alumni principal), the team enthusiastically engaged in purposeful arts planning, creating a vision for the arts at Madrona and laying out three-year arts expectations of what the school would provide for students.

      Momentum and Enthusiasm Grows

      “PAL gave us the momentum and framework,” comments Farah. “The program helped us articulate and determine what Madrona should look like around the arts – it was a big achievement.”

      As enthusiasm grew, so did Madrona’s Arts Team, and the group dived into development of the school Arts Plan – including setting actions and benchmarks to achieve the arts vision.

      “It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal,” Farah exclaims. “PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.”

      “A-Ha” Moments and Student Benefits

      Efforts are paying off and there are lots of “a-ha moments.” Through the arts, students are increasing their engagement, developing perseverance, and growing in their self-assurance.

      “For students challenged to excel in more traditional learning methods, the chance to shine in their natural abilities is a big thing,” says Farah. “For example with music and poetry curricula, students have to get up in front of their peers and this gives their confidence a boost.”

      Thanks to their work with PAL, Madrona has transformed its climate and culture. Dynamic school-to-neighborhood arts programming now reaches into the heart of the community and includes an Art Walk, showcase of student art at local restaurants, and an Art Room for families at school open houses.

      District Level Involvement

      Farah has also leveraged her PAL involvement to further the arts within Seattle Public Schools. Last year she was one of several district principals involved in the Leadership Work Group. Under the facilitation and guidance of PAL founder and ArtsEd Washington Executive Director, Una McAlinden, the group identified the supports principals need to build and sustain the arts system-wide, leading to vision and planning work at a regional level in the Central Pathway.

      “PAL is really outstanding and I’m proud of what we did at Madrona,” says Farah. “I’m excited about this kind of focused arts planning at the higher district level and committed to see it happen.”

      Madrona Fast Facts

      Location: Seattle, WA
      District: Seattle Public Schools
      Principal: Farah Thaxton
      Grades: PK-8
      Students: 320
      Teachers: 25 Certified

      Student Demographics

      • 76% Free or Reduced-Price Meals
      • 15% White
      • 70% Black
      • 3% Asian/Pacific Islander
      • 8% Hispanic
      • 4% Two or More Races

      Download and share this story