Arts in Education Week LogoCan you give 7 minutes of your day to meet a few of the students impacted by arts education?

Click on the photo below to watch a brief documentary and learn why visual arts, music, theatre, and dance can improve a student’s confidence, academic performance, and life.

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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


The Principal Arts Leadership (PAL) supports sustainable arts education planning and implementation in schools. ArtsEd Washington-trained PAL Coaches work directly with each school using specially designed facilitation protocols and resources. They develop a 3-year planning and implementation model that supports long-term sustainability. PAL has been implemented in 66 schools to date, including 12 in Seattle Public School’s Central pathway through the Creative Advantage (will eventually reach all 97 schools and 52,000 students). Learn more about PAL here and about the Creative Advantage here.


Meet ArtsEd Washington: Richard

Richard Burrows joined the efforts of ArtsEd Washington in May 2015 as its new Executive Director. His portfolio of local, state and national experiences position him perfectly for the strategic new agenda that the Board of Directors has set forward. This includes developing the institutional capacity to grow the agency into a strong, vibrant and vital statewide organization serving the needs of all students, all schools, all districts, and all the arts. These first few months have been dedicated to grounding the organization in new models of administration, and meeting with, as well as, being advised by a cross-section of the arts, education and arts education communities throughout Washington. His former career as a dancer and choreographer bring discipline to the work. His previous appointments as a teaching professor provide background in deep arts study. His prior assignments as a school district administrator support his effective collaborations with public education personnel. He is excited to be a part of investing in Washington state’s most precious commodity – its future, creative citizens. Mr. Burrows is a dual resident of Seattle and Vancouver, WA.