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

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

Celebrating Arts Education in the Holidays

The holidays offer ideal opportunities for arts education advocacy efforts as schools present their concerts, performances, and more. This is your chance to spread some holiday cheer and raise awareness of the importance of arts programs for every student in your school. Below are some ideas to help get you started in your efforts. Have

The Value of Arts Education: A video

This short film, developed through a partnership of Arts/Learning and the Kennedy Center, details how arts education impacts children’s development. To view the video, please click here.

11th Annual Music Student Scholarships

Finish this essay: “How my music teacher has influenced me and my goals in school..." You could win your share of $20,000 including music products for your school music program! For more information, please click here.

NAMM Foundation WannaPlay Fund

The WannaPlay Fund provides musical instruments to students with a demonstrated need and the school and organizations that serve them. For more information please click here.

All Kids Can CREATE

The All Kids Can CREATE visual arts program showcases how students with and without disabilities learn through the arts in their schools and communities. The program is presented annually by VSA and CVS Caremark All Kids Can. All submitted artwork will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in a national touring

Centrum Youth Programs at risk in 2001 Washington budget

Centrum’s youth programs are at risk in the 2011 Washington state budget. The Governor has recommended all funding be cut for Highly Capable programs, which provide the funds that support Centrum. Contact your legislators before the special session and urge them to fund Highly Capable education. For more information, please click here.

How the Arts Lay a Foundation for Learning

Children need to develop from the inside out. They must learn skills for dealing with the challenges they face at the same time they are gathering information about the world around them. We tell ourselves a lie of convenience when we support the belief that children who can score well on standardized math and reading