Arts in Education Week Logo “Learning music helps me understand my world. I love music because it challenges me. When I play music, it gives me joy. I love music because it enriches everyday life. “

Arts education can bring a student joy and academic success. Click on the photo below to watch students share that joy. Learn more about the impact an arts education can have on academic, work, and life success here.

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Video courtesy of Americans for the Arts.

Candidate Survey

Take Action: Ask your Candidates where they stand on Arts Education!

Have you asked your local School Board candidates to take our arts education survey? Help us to ensure School Boards in Washington know the value of a comprehensive arts education. It all starts with you! Just click the button below to send a message asking your local school board candidates to take our survey on the arts. Results will be published October 26.

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Program Spotlight

Schools of Excellence in Arts Education

Inspired by a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards are open to all K-12 schools throughout Washington State with exemplary arts education programs. Past recipients include Carnation Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice (Spanaway), Tacoma School of the Arts, Adams Elementary (Seattle), Parkwood Elementary (Shoreline), Helen B. Stafford Elementary (Tacoma), Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (Seattle), Avanti High School (Olympia), Sunnyslope Elementary (South Kitsap), and Garfield Elementary (Yakima). Learn more about the Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards here


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Meet ArtsEd Washington: Dave

Dave Weatherred is the Board President of ArtsEd Washington. Dave held the position of Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator in the Spokane School District for 18 years. He left that position this year in a move to the Human Resources department where he continues staffing and scheduling elementary specialists, as well as placing student teacher candidates.  Now in his 39th year in education, he began his career as the instrumental music teacher for the Parma School District in Parma, ID; followed by similar positions in the West Valley School District and at Ferris High School, both in Spokane.  He is active as a clinician, adjudicator and honor group conductor throughout the northwest states.  Dave has held numerous board positions president of the Washington Music Educators Association and northwest president for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  He was honored by the Washington Music Educators with inclusion in their “Hall of Fame” in 2001, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association “Hall of Fame” in 2014, and received the 2013 National Association for Music Education Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award. He has been married to his wife, Lea for 39 years, has two adult children and is enjoying his role as a grandfather!