Heading into legislative session at the beginning of year, Representative Ross Hunter felt his office could use some color, creativity, and imagination.  Looking for advice on where to get local art for his walls, he contacted ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden, who suggested he showcase art from K-12 students in his very own 48th District.  Una contacted Bellevue art teacher, and ArtsEd Washington member, Jessica Holloway.  Jessica immediately reached out to her fellow art teachers across the Bellevue School District, who helped pull together a collection of student art.

Just weeks into the legislative session, Representative Hunter’s office was adorned with 10 beautiful pieces of student art, and has received much praise from his fellow legislators.  “We are so pleased to have this display.  As Ross has been showing off his office to others, a number of legislators have now been in contact with their local school district arts teachers in the hope of brightening up their office space.  It’s truly fun to watch the genesis of an arts ‘movement’ down here,” wrote Marilyn Pederson, Representative Hunter’s Executive Legislative Assistant.

Representative Hunter in front of his wall of art from K-12 Bellevue School District students. Click image to enlarge.

ArtsEd Washington would like to send a special thanks to Jessica Holloway, for her enthusiastic involvement in bringing student art into the Capitol.  We’d also like to thank Representative Hunter and Marilyn Pederson, for their steadfast support of arts education, not only in the 48th District, but across all of Washington state.  View the House of Representative’s Arts Education Month Resolution, presented by Representative Hunter.

Read more about this story, as well as other arts education news,  in the February issue of Bellevue Arts Smarts.