These students rarely if ever get to participate in arts and culture experiences. This was only possible because of arts funding the Symphony received from the state.”
– Bremerton Symphony Association
ArtsWA works to strengthen K-12 arts education as part of, and fundamental to, basic education.
The State of Washington recognizes the arts as a core academic subject. This means that all young people should have arts instruction as part of their regular school day. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) identifies dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts as essential elements of a complete and balanced education. We closely align our Arts in Education (AIE) programs with OSPI’s work supporting the arts as part of a well-rounded education.
We work to help students, parents, teachers, principals, and the public to understand the value of arts in education. We support community partnerships between arts organizations, schools and districts, and local leaders. We support learning opportunities for K-12 students, teachers, teaching artists, and arts education leaders. Our grants and programs make arts education stronger for students across Washington State.
The arts help students learn in both traditional and non-traditional ways:
We are proud to have strong relationships with two important statewide partners:
Their stories and work translate into conversations that try to bridge the gap between military and civilian cultures. This dialog hopes to bring understanding of how war and trauma not only affect members of the military, but our society as a whole. Their mission is not to promote a particular belief but to pose questions about the many difficult and genuine concerns the American community possesses about current and past military engagements.”
– Gallery One
This funding really makes a difference in our community because we are working to build a pipeline to diversify the creative industries…we must teach young people that empathy through storytelling is the most powerful tool they have to combat hate.”
– Reel Grrls
FY18 Project Support Grantee
Part of the beauty and strength of community comes from celebrating all of its uniqueness that helps to create a meaningful world in which to live. Mid-Columbia Mastersingers feels it has a responsibility to represent our whole community and support celebration of diversity in the Tri-Cities…
Because of this grant, we were able to pay our musicians for their rehearsal time and performances…”
– The Merc Playhouse Society