The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) as one of four recipients of its National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award for the 2010-2011 School Year. The award recognizes successful arts programs, and the integration of the arts as an essential aspect of the school curriculum.

SOTA, Carnation Elementary School and Elk Plain School of Choice, were submitted to the Kennedy Center’s national awards competition earlier this year after receiving top state honors from ArtsEd Washington and the Association of Washington School Principals, as part of the State School of Excellence in Arts Education award.

In determining top performing school across the country that are best implementing these arts education components, the Kennedy Center examined individual school components such as the imaginative learning environments for teaching and learning through the arts, the level of parental involvement in education, and how the school provides cultural learning opportunities through the arts.

More information on SOTA and the other national award recipients can be found in the corresponding press release from The Kennedy Center.

Information on the official presentation of the national awards is still to be determined.  Stay tuned to ArtsEd Washington for more information.

National & State Award Information

2011-2012 Washington State School of Excellence in Arts Education Awards Application Announcement

ArtsEd Washington and AWSP will administrate the state level award and recognition for outstanding arts programs within Washington state schools for the 2011-2012 school year.

Information regarding the application process and deadline for the Washington State School of Excellence in Arts Education awards will be announced later this year. Schools may request a notice of application posting in advance by contacting  Please include your name, school name, phone number, and email where the application announcement may be sent.

Interested schools may also access last year’s state award requirements as a guideline.

Media Inquiries & General Information

Una McAlinden, Executive Director
ArtsEd Washington