PAL Spotlight On: Madrona K-8 School

“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

Additional Resources for smARTS

Get the most out of your arts education advocacy efforts by using the following resources in conjunction with our smARTS For Students guide.  Each of these topics provides you with a full and comprehensive approach to making your voice heard, and the tools necessary to make a difference for Washington state students: Build Your Foundation, Cultivate

ArtsEd WA’s 2011-2012 Community Report is Available!

We are delighted to share our 2011-2012 Community Report, and would like to thank our members, partners, and funders who make our work possible. We invite you to read about our accomplishments over the past year including the progress of our programs, partnerships developed, and impacts in the public schools. Also included is a powerful

ArtsEd Washington Featured in ParentMap Magazine

ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden was featured in the recent edition of ParentMap magazine.  The article, Who's Got the Beat?  Music Programs Enrich Schools, discusses how music, as well as dance, theater, and visual art, are essential to fostering creative thinking skills. Yet, amongst budget cuts, these subjects are typically the first to be

ArtsEd Washington’s PAL Program Featured in National Principals Magazine

Following ArtsEd Washington's participation in the Turnaround Arts Initiative, in which Executive Director Una McAlinden shared best practices from our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program, Una and the PAL program have been featured in a special issue of the National Association of Elementary School Principals' (NAESP) Principal magazine, sponsored by Crayola. The article From Intuition

How to Advocate for Arts Education in Summer

Across the nation there are thousands of individuals running for public office - from the state legislator to the President of the United States.  As summer gears up and you prepare for picnics, community parties, and neighborhood gatherings, now is a great time to be an arts education advocate and to ask your local candidates

In the News: PAL School Excels Through the Arts

As they complete their second year of the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program, Black Diamond Elementary has already noticed significant positive change amongst their students: attendance has improved, students are more highly engaged in school activities, there's been a marked decrease in disciplinary issues and academic achievement is on the rise. When asked what she

PAL Spotlight On: Black Diamond Elementary

ArtsEd Washington is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Black Diamond Elementary , a Year 2 school of our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program.  We recently sat down with Principal Gerrie Garton to learn about what changes she's seen in the school, the staff, and the students since participating in the program. Q & A

PAL Spotlight On: Parkwood Elementary

ArtsEd Washington is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program alum Parkwood Elementary!  We recently sat down with Principal Laura Ploudré to learn about what changes she's seen in the school, the staff, and the students since completing the program. Q & A with PAL Principal Laura Ploudré How did the

WA State Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Award Winners 2011

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Awards Schools of Excellence Washington State Winners 2011 ArtsEd Washington in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) is pleased to announced the top three Washington state school winners of the inaugural state Schools of Excellence in Arts Education