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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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    • Leita Earl

      “The arts can open pathways of learning and encourage confidence in children. One of our fourth grade students has been visibly touched by the arts. She started the year hesitant to make new friends – uncomfortable to share orally with her class. Through her exposure to the arts, she smiles during dance activities and is starting to speak to adults – expressively.”

      Leita Earl, Rocky Ridge
      Bethel School District