May 10 is the day to GiveBIG!  It’s the Seattle Foundation’s one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all!

Your donation to ArtsEd Washington will help make a difference!  Some examples of what we’re working on:

  • It’s a school board election year statewide, and school boards hold the keys to arts education! With hundreds of Washington school board positions up for election this fall, voters will have a critical opportunity to select leaders committed to providing the high-quality, sequential arts learning every student deserves to develop vital 21st-century skills. But how will you know which candidates support arts education and are willing to work to improve its provision?  ArtsEd Washington will help you make an informed choice. We’ve created a survey that directly asks candidates to share their positions on arts education. ArtsEd Washington will then post candidate responses online for voters to consider before making their choices. You can help us let policymakers know that their community cares about the arts in school, and is expecting them to provide the arts education that students deserve!
  • On March 22, Washington State adopted new K-12 Arts Learning Standards. To help teachers implement them smoothly, ArtsEd Washington is currently offering interactive workshops on the new standards. Your donation will help us improve delivery of arts education right at the classroom level! We support art specialists by facilitating professional development opportunities tailored to their craft, and we partner with school districts to ensure the new arts standards are being enacted at the local level in a way that is authentic to the community it serves. Additionally, the Washington State arts standards workshop empowers general elementary teachers to integrate the new state arts standards into current curricula in order to increase the quality and quantity of arts being taught in elementary schools around the state.

Don’t know if you’ll be able to get to your computer on GiveBIG day to donate? You can schedule your donation ahead of time, and it will be posted for you automatically on May 10! You can also donate to more than one organization on the same transaction–so please remember to include ArtsEd Washington when you’re out there spreading the love.

Also, this year a generous group of donors will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $2500! So, your donation will go twice as far!

Now more than ever, our world needs the confident, creative, and collaborative leaders that arts education can inspire. You can make that happen when you give to ArtsEd Washington. Whether it’s $5 or $5,000, every donation helps us continue empowering schools to provide high-quality arts education for every student! Thank you so much!