Jack Straw Cultural Center, an ArtsWA grantee
Jack Straw vocal coach Meg McLynn helps a Lowell 2nd grader record his original poem in the studio at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Photo by Nat Seymour.

Arts in Education

All the arts for every child.

ArtsWA is committed to improving and expanding early learning and K-12 arts education experiences. Our grants and programs support creative educator practices and community partnerships. Together we serve students, families, and communities. Our work supports student rights to accessible and community-based arts instruction as a fundamental part of basic education. Arts in education includes, but is not limited to, learning opportunities through dance, media arts, literary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Equitable access to the arts supports students in:

Reading the World: Access to meaningful arts education helps students develop critical thinking skills.

Sharing of Voice: The arts invite many ways of communicating. These lead to  increased belonging, compassion, and cross-cultural understanding.

Making Connections: Consistent exposure to the arts helps students succeed academically across all subjects.

Cultivating Innovation: The arts encourage self-directed innovation and interdisciplinary thinking.

Arts In Education Spotlight

Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab)

TAT Lab builds professional learning communities for teaching artists and certified teachers working with PreK-12 youth across the state. The TAT Lab is a partnership between The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), and master teaching artists who serve as faculty.  This year, TAT Lab will offer training for a cohort focused on quality instructional design. In response to current events, TAT Lab is developing online workshops that respond to current needs. This includes integrating social emotional learning methods, trauma-informed approaches, virtual learning design, and anti-racist practices.  Information about programming and registration coming soon.

Our Collaborators

We are proud to have strong relationships with two important statewide partners: