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Artist Employment On the Rise – Will Students Be Prepared?

A recent Research Note, Artist Employment Projections through 2018, from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research and Analysis examines the projected growth of artist occupations through 2018.  The research indicates that art occupations will increase by 11%, which is similar to the rate projected for overall labor force growth (over 10%).  In […]
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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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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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    • PAL School Receives Crayola Grant! ArtsEd Washington is pleased to announce that our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program participant, Madrona K-8 School, was recently awarded a grant from the Crayola Champion Creatively Alive program! Under the leadership of Principal Farah Thaxton, and with guidance of our PAL program, Madrona has enlisted an active group of parents, community partners, and artists to assist in their capacity building to integrate the arts into all aspects of their curriculum. As they head into their second year of PAL, and now with the support of the Champion Creatively Alive grant, Madrona plans to continue developing their arts plan that will:
      • Establish model lessons and implementation tools;
      • Strengthen teachers’ confidence in facilitating arts-integrated lessons; and
      • Set standards around long-term, sequential arts programming, and more.
      When asked how the PAL program was a contributor to their grant application , Principal Thaxton said, "Our work through PAL enabled our Arts Team to clarify our priorities, to be very intentional in what we plan to achieve in the years ahead. Working with an experienced Coach, we created a realistic, practical plan, with benchmarks each trimester. This is critical in achieving the transformation we have envisioned for Madrona. We were able to show Crayola and NAESP that we are taking concrete steps to teach our students critical skills, like resourcefulness and inventiveness, which strong arts education provides.”. Congratulations, Madrona! A special thank you to Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for providing opportunities for schools to foster creativity through the arts, as part of a basic and complete education. We appreciate all that you do to support arts education for every student at every school!