Arts in Education

  • Methow Arts Alliance - Twisp, WA
    Methow Arts Alliance - Twisp, WA

Every child has the right to a well-rounded education, which includes the arts. ArtsWA works to strengthen K-12 arts education as part of, and fundamental to, basic education. We do this by:

  • Supporting local partnerships among arts organizations, schools, and community organizations.
  • Supporting and developing the arts teaching workforce of classroom teachers, teaching artists, and arts education leaders.
  • Engaging with regional, state-level, and national arts and education organizations to develop, align, and promote policies to support K-12 arts education.

Learn more about our key grants and teaching artist programs on the Arts in Education webpages.

We manage the Washington State program of the national Poetry Out Loud program for high school students. Learn more here about how high schools across the state can participate.

To learn about the status of arts education in K-12 schools in our state and about policies and strategies we support for improving K-12 arts education, please read K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year. For more information about our rationale and strategic priorities concerning Arts in Education, please read our 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.

We are proud to have strong, collaborative relationships with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI, our state department of education) and ArtsEd Washington, a statewide arts education alliance.

CELEBRATE ARTS IN EDUCATION

Governor Inslee proclaimed that May is Arts Education Month in Washington State – a time to celebrate arts education, and to bring increased public awareness to the importance of quality arts education for every student, in every school. Learn what you can do to promote arts in education with the Arts Education Month toolkit, from ArtsEd Washington.

ARTS LEARNING & PUBLIC ART: In the Classroom

Public art enhances and enlivens public spaces. It can also serve as a great jumping-off point for active arts learning for K - 12 students. Our AIPP and Arts in Education program staff are collaborating to help make these connections. The outcome? A series of four, high quality, participatory arts lessons that are based on engaging works of public art situated around the state. You can find them in the link below.

Lesson Plans

ARTS LEARNING & PUBLIC ART: In the Classroom

Public art enhances and enlivens public spaces. It can also serve as a great jumping-off point for active arts learning for K - 12 students. Our AIPP and Arts in Education program staff are collaborating to help make these connections. The outcome? A series of four, high quality, participatory arts lessons that are based on engaging works of public art situated around the state. You can find them in the link below.

Lesson Plans

- See more at: http://www.arts.wa.gov/public-art#sthash.rp0DkRNa.dpuf

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