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.

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.

Our Programs

Arts Integration and Early Learning.

Informational Webinars
First Step Grant webinar: February 25, 2020,10-11am

We will be holding a grant application webinar for applicants who are interested in learning more about the First Step grant and application:

The Webinar will cover:

  • Key components of the application guidelines
  • The application process
  • Review criteria
  • How to access and use the ZoomGrants system

To register, please click on this link and complete the survey. We will email the connection instructions to all registered individuals a few days prior to the webinar.

Our Collaborators

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

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