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November 23, 1:47 PM click here to comment > 0

Working to improve access to the arts in education

At a time when we are facing further education cuts at the state level, the recent passage of the Families and Education Levy demonstrates Seattle remains committed to ensuring every child will graduate school ready for college or a career. This is a bold vote of confidence that will help our youth and families succeed and compete in the global economy.

The City’s Office for Education administers levy dollars. Our intent is to offer many opportunities for collaboration and partnership in the interest of dramatically improving academic results for students in Seattle public schools. When it comes to investing in our children’s future we are seeking a broad range of partners, including schools and nonprofit, community and arts organizations.

We’ve written in the past about the proven educational benefits of the arts. We wanted to make sure that local arts organizations were informed and ready for the opportunities to help kids get access to arts programming through the Families and Education levy, so last week the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Office for Education co-hosted a workshop designed to introduce arts organizations to the process of qualifying and applying for levy dollars.

The arts are an essential ingredient in a complete education. While evidence suggests that when schools invest in arts education, students demonstrate academic gains, we won’t rely on the research alone. We will design programs to achieve clear outcomes and hold service providers accountable, ensuring that the programs we fund are delivering measurable results. We will make our investments based on data, and we will adapt those investments if the data shows something is not working.

Thank you to the voters of Seattle for renewing their commitment to Seattle’s youth and families.

Posted by: April Thomas