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Below you’ll find some key questions and answers that influence and define the arts education conversation.

How Can I Get Involved In Arts Education Month?

As a valued arts education advocate, we invite YOU to help raise awareness for Arts Education Month! Arts Education Month is a time to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that the arts play in a student’s education and life.  Join the celebration by helping promote it using these marketing listings, and call your community […]
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Are You Ready for Back to School? How to Pack Your Advocacy Backpack

Amidst severe budget cuts facing education, it is now – more than ever – that Washington state students need your voice. Make your expectation known that the arts, defined as part of the Basic Education Act, are being provided to all students.  Whether you’re new to advocacy efforts, or you’re a seasoned activist, ArtsEd Washington […]
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What’s Arts Education Month & What’s My Role?

Arts Education Month is a special opportunity in Washington state to publicly spotlight the critical role of arts learning in a complete and balanced education, and demonstrate the value of arts education to elected officials and school boards. We cannot define a complete education without the arts. In a world where innovation and creativity are […]
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What does the law say about arts education?

The state definition of arts education includes a standard-based approach to teaching and evaluating all four disciplines: dance, music, theater, and visual art. Simply put, arts education is the law. Critical decisions about how and what our kids are learning lies with district and school administrators. In many schools, the arts are being cut short. […]
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What’s happening to the arts in our schools?

Though the arts are recognized as a core academic subject in Washington State and across the nation, the level of K–12 arts education in our schools is often inadequate. Less time and attention are given to the arts compared to other core subjects; support and resources for teaching the arts varies widely from district to […]
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Why is arts learning so unique in its impact?

Nurturing creativity through arts education develops skills and attributes that cannot be replicated through other experiences. Children who are sequentially educated in the arts have a better chance of becoming innovative, critical thinkers who are comfortable adapting from mistakes. A standard, Pre-K-12 curriculum that includes arts education fosters well-rounded graduates who enter college and the […]
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Why do we need adequate funding for all disciplines?

Math, science, reading, social studies, and the arts function together to create a complete education. We need to work together to ensure that all core subjects get the resources needed to be taught effectively during the school day. This means securing better funding for education in our state and then honoring its mandate to provide […]
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      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!