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Family & Educator Workshop: Wave Your Personal Flag

Following her lecture, join featured artist Marie Watt to learn how to make art inspired by your own stories and community.  Using mixed media materials similar to those Watt uses in her work such as blankets and fabric scraps, create a personal flag that showcases your identity, family, heritage, or otherwise tells the story of […]
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Artist Lecture: Blankets, Stories & Communities

Join Tacoma Art Museum as nationally recognized mixed media artist Marie Watt shares the inspiration and techniques behind her work in the exhibition Marie Watt: Lodge (on view June 30–October 7).  An artist whose work explores human stories and the rituals implicit in everyday objects, Watt’s art includes portrait blankets of Jim Thorpe, Ira Hays, […]
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Marrowstone in the City – Session 1

For younger musicians in the Seattle area between the ages of 7 and 14, Marrowstone-in-the-City (MITC) provides excellent musical instruction and orchestral training.  The program includes string and wind ensembles, chamber music, sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, a daytime chamber music performance, and a final evening concert for all students. Who should apply? Students aged […]
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Teaching Artist Training Lab

The Washington State Arts Commission continues its partnership with Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Pacific Northwest Ballet for the Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab.  The TAT Lab cohort will include up to 40 teaching artists from various artistic disciplines and regions of the state.  The training includes: six days of in-person training six teleconferences and […]
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Mixed Media Camp: Art + Film

In this combined camp with Metro Arts, students will have fun learning to conceptualize, shoot, and edit a short film documenting their artwork.  They will experiment with found objects and traditional media to create their own two- and three-dimensional mixed-media artwork. Daily field trips around downtown Tacoma, time in Metro Arts’ studio space, and exploration […]
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Advanced High School Writers Studio

Advanced High School Writers Studio is for students in grades 9-12, and is designed for both AP-level writing students, and those interested in a serious exploration of the literary arts. This program coincides with Centrum’s professional Writers’ Conference and will also expose students to a wide variety of readings and events featuring nationally acclaimed writers […]
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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 […]
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Summer at Cornish

Cornish College of the Arts presents Summer at Cornish, a vibrant pre-college summer program for students ages 15-18.  Learn from professional artists and renowned musicians, break new strides in dance, discover various art forms, and hone your audition pieces.  This is a fabulous opportunity to further develop your skills at the Northwest’s premier visual and […]
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Summer Art Camps

Kirkland Arts Center presents Summer Art Camps between June 25 – August 3, 2012 for students ages 5-12.  Students will learn hands-on art projects led by professional artists.  Each week a theme is explored using a variety of creative, playful, and scientific techniques.  All supplies are included. Learn more and enroll!
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Highline Student Art Walk

The first Highline Student Art Walk will feature middle and high school artists in downtown Burien businesses.  The focus of the event is to celebrate student art and arts education by sharing it with the community. Contact Gina Kallman for more information: Email:  ginak@burienwa.gov Phone:  206-391-6605
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    • ArtsEd Washington Presents PAL Success at National Title I Conference

      Title I panel

      2014: At the National Title I Conference in San Diego in early February, ArtsEd Washington presented on using the arts to improve student and school success with a panel of principals who used ArtsEd Washington’s Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program to transform their own Title I schools. The Title I program aims to bridge the achievement gap between low-income students and other students by providing supplemental federal funding to underachieving schools to meet the needs of at-risk students.

      Three principals shared their experiences working with the PAL program in Title I schools including Tracye Ferguson (formerly of Franklin Elementary and now Director of Title I/Early Learning for Tacoma Public Schools), Alan Matsumoto (Garfield Elementary in Yakima), and Farah Thaxton (formerly of Madrona K-8 in Seattle). ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden moderated the panel as they offered their leadership perspective and insights on how arts learning and specifically the PAL program has helped them improve their schools and can impact students and schools statewide. The session was introduced with pride by Gayle Pauley, Title I Director of Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

      “Integrating arts education strategies in reading, mathematics, and the sciences is having a positive impact on the achievement of students who are struggling academically. Title I, Part A programs are demonstrating how this integration has a positive impact on student achievement,” said Pauley. “I am a musician myself and know first-hand the impact arts education has on student success.”

      Like many other schools across Washington State, Garfield, Madrona, and Franklin have used the PAL program to grow their arts capacities, impacting overall academic success, school culture, and student/family engagement. The panel shared their experiences in building effective arts plans, visions, and real world tactics to turn their schools into vibrant, successful places for their students to engage and learn. The session also covered tangible strategies to advance this instructional change and demonstrated a simple infrastructure for team-building, vision development, and planning for student success.

      “Including the arts in the school day improves student engagement, academic achievement, attendance, graduation rates, and overall success,” commented McAlinden. “The fact that our session was chosen for this national conference demonstrates the growing understanding among education leaders that the arts are a path to both student and school success.”

      The goal of the PAL program is to empower schools to create the fundamental systemic change that will ensure that the arts play a vital role in a complete education for all students, now and for years to come. PAL trains principals, as instructional leaders in all areas of curriculum, to expand their own capacities in arts leadership, to develop arts teams, visions, and plans, and to implement concrete strategies to integrate and sustain arts instruction for every student in every school.

      Thaxton’s experience at Madrona K-8, where more than three quarters of the students fall below the poverty line, demonstrated the remarkable impact of arts learning.  Citing more confident, engaged, and perseverant students at Madrona (which had limited arts offerings before she began work with the PAL program), Thaxton observes that the climate and culture of the school were transformed by the arts. She also sings the praises of the professional development she received through the program.

      Notes Thaxton, “It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal. PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.”

      ArtsEd Washington is currently in the process of revamping the PAL program to be implemented at a district-wide level instead of the slower school-by-school approach. As part of the Creative Advantage, Seattle Public Schools has just begun implementation of PAL in its Central Pathway and will continue rollout to the whole district over the next few years.

      For more information, call 206-441-4501 or email office@artsedwashington.org