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Letter/Bound

Get your letterpress on! Use typographical elements to create visual representations inspired by works of art in the Frye galleries. Students learn basic nineteenth-century printing techniques such as ink mixing, typesetting, and relief printing and receive an introduction to typography and bookbinding. Once the rules are mastered, we break them: Students experiment with type using […]
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The Chambered Nautilus: Poetry From Art

Art inspires art. In this two-part poetry writing workshop, students first spend an evening observing and discussing works of art in the Frye galleries. Drawing on this viewing experience, students then delve into the poet’s world for a day, crafting poetry and studying ekphrasis, an ancient tradition of writing creatively about art. Students explore a […]
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Grant Writing Webinar

Join us for an online grant writing clinic with Grant Writer and Fund Development Consultant Keri Healey Use effective techniques to find and secure funds for your school’s arts programs. This webinar will be a hands-on working session. Keri will provide some leads and start you on drafting a proposal* during this clinic. Keri will […]
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Acrylic Painting: Fechin’s Portraits

The artist Nicolai Fechin (1881–1955) provides inspiration for this portrait painting class, which explores the use of bold color and the acrylic medium. Working from photographs and other class participants as subjects, students learn palette knife and brush techniques and how to draw three-dimensional figures. Participants acquire tips and tricks for looking closely and creating […]
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REACH Student Dance Group

A collaboration between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spectrum Dance Theatre, REACH Student Dance Group offers 8-week intensive dance workshops for students to learn different dance styles, create original choreography, attend live performances, and perform at McCaw Hall. REACH is open to students ages 11–15; all abilities and experience levels welcome. DATES OF PROGRAM: Rehearsals are […]
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WA State Thespians State Conference

The Washington State Thespian Society presents their annual state conference. Dozens of workshops presented by theatre professionals and educators available.  View scenes from musicals and plays, and a showcase of Washington state’s best Individual Events.  Technical theatre, play writing, improvisation, and other events and adjudications. Clock hours available for teachers. Cost: $10 Observation Fee $60-$70 Registration […]
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Chipotle Benefit for ArtsEd Washington

Chipotle Mexican Grill at Crossroads Shopping Center is hosting a fundraising benefit in honor of ArtsEd Washington as part of the Eastside Battle of the Bands! Print and bring this coupon with you on Tuesday March 12 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm and 50% of the proceeds will go towards ArtsEd Washington’s programs! Eat dinner, and […]
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Lecture & Demonstration: Silent Film Era & the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

Silent Film Era & Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is a 60-minute lecture and demonstration presented by Seattle Theatre Group.  Step back in time to the 1920s at the historic Paramount Theatre!  Hear The Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, view a short silent film, and learn about the music, history and theatre of the silent film era. Organist, […]
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Visual Biographies Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough

Seattle Art Museum’s upcoming special exhibition Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London, merges personal stories with old master painting prowess. Inspired by this exhibition, this interactive, art-making educator workshop will focus on visual biographies and portraits. Participants will foster new writing techniques and work with an experienced portrait artist to create […]
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Eastside Battle of the Bands

Eastside Battle of the Bands is back! Now in it’s fourth year, this student-led event features local high school rock bands, and all proceeds benefit the mission and work of ArtsEd Washington.  Join us for a night of great music, and make a difference for arts education in Washington state! Can’t make it to the […]
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    • 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

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