How can our schools reclaim a competitive edge?

American schools are in crisis. Students are graduating without the qualities that many employers most desire – creativity, open-mindedness, flexibility and the ability to think on one’s feet. Alas, schools have become institutions rather than learning centers. By focusing on tests and getting students prepared for them, the only true skill students learn is how

Before you Vote! Review the Washington State Arts Alliance Candidate Survey

Critical reading in these days before the election! Responses from the Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA) Biennial Candidate Survey are now available online. The survey, distributed to the top two winners of the August primary, included twelve arts-related questions. ArtsEd Washington was pleased to have the opportunity to work with WSAA in developing specific questions

ARTSEDGE Relaunched by The Kennedy Center

Verizon Thinkfinity partner, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts re-launched its website for K-12 arts education, ARTSEDGE on October 2 with an emphasis on innovative technology to support the teaching of the arts and the changing trends in education. ARTSEDGE is dedicated to bringing the arts directly to K-12 classrooms across the

The Critical Role of the Arts Throughout a Whole Child Education

The arts play an essential role in providing each student with a well-rounded education that meets the needs of the whole child. Although classes strictly focused on music, visual arts, drama, dance, and art history are critical, integrating the arts across the curriculum is also key to ensuring that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported,

Support Arts Credits for High School Graduation

State Board of Education survey closes October 31 We encourage you to support the arts requirements for high school graduation by providing your feedback to the Washington State Board of Education (SBE).  The SBE is currently conducting a community survey on the components of the new provisional Washington State Graduation Requirements that were adopted in

It’s a Win for Students: State Board of Education Approves Increased Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

It’s a win for every student and every school as the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) approved new provisional high school graduation requirements, including an increase in arts requirements. The Board’s decision helped culminate a week-long national celebration of the arts, as schools, students, and communities across the nation celebrated National Arts In Education

Seattle Foundation Launches New Giving Center

The Seattle Foundation has taken its leadership in philanthropy to the next level, launching a new Giving Center to inform community members about the aspects and challenges of a Healthy Community. ArtsEd Washington is one of the many non-profit organizations profiled in the database, which is positioned to serve as a Consumer Reports for non-profits.

Help All Kids get the Arts!

In Junior High, Dee Dee Catalano played the violin. She was shy and playing in the school orchestra gave her a place to belong. “I liked playing the violin, but it was more rewarding to play in a group,” she says, “Plus, it gave me a social group to belong to, a creative outlet and