Governor proclaims May as Arts Education Month
Governor Jay Inslee has issued a proclamation stating that May is Arts Education Month in the State of Washington. In the proclamation he writes that "Learning in and through the arts supports students in developing critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, perseverance, alternative ways to communicate feelings and ideas, and cross-cultural understanding and empathy, which supports academic success across the curriculum for students of all learning abilities, and can help address the opportunity gap..." Read the Governor's Proclamation.
The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is committed to supporting and advancing projects that bring high-quality, standards-based arts education into the lives of public school students through the state. We join with the Governor and urge teachers, students, parents, arts organizations, and community members--to demonstrate our shared commitment to arts learning during Arts Education Month. Check out ArtsEd Washington's Arts Education Month Toolkit for sample proclamations, speaking points, and suggested activities that you can use in your school or community arts learning settings.