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August 9, 2:20 PM click here to comment > 1

Arts in education

Throughout our town hall meetings and conversations with arts advocates, we have heard loud and clear that arts are an essential ingredient in a complete education. Evidence suggests that when schools invest in arts education, students demonstrate academic gains. And when students engage in creative expression, they benefit from increased self-confidence, sharpened attention and teamwork skills, which lead to success in career and life.

Recently, Seattle Public Schools announced that they received a $1 million planning grant from the New-York based Wallace Foundation to engage the community in developing a plan to enhance arts instruction in the classroom. Last week the Director of the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs along with representatives from the Seattle Arts Commission met with Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield to discuss the planning grant, which will support the development of a comprehensive K-12 arts education plan aimed at increasing quality arts learning opportunities for all students in Seattle Public Schools, especially those with the least access.

Seattle was selected from a pool of 53 cities to apply for the Wallace Foundation Arts Learning Initiative planning grant, thanks in large part to the progress of the Seattle Arts Education Partnership—a multiyear collaboration between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools—to put the arts back in education for all students.

As part of the planning process, which will conclude in January 2013, the district will engage the community in a coordinated effort to develop a comprehensive arts education plan. To help shape the plan, the school district will tap teachers, arts organizations, city and community agencies, families and funders through focus groups, surveys and meetings.

Congratulations to Seattle Public Schools on this opportunity to connect students to arts programming. We’re looking forward to working with you to enrich our kids’ academic experience through the arts.

Posted by: Ainsley Close, Policy Analyst

Comments

Comment from Kristin
Time August 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

This is very cool, as a parent I am wondering how we will see this? More are supplies or special classes? Curious…