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Artists innovate! Through the Wenatchee Art Education Consortium program teaching artists like Martha Flores explore art concepts and community connections with students in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Quincy, and Cascade school districts. Photo by Martha Flores. (May 5, 2021)

Arts in Education

ArtsWA supports arts learning as a part of basic education for all students PreK-12. This program expands arts education access through grants, professional development, youth leadership opportunities, and ongoing research.


  1. Foster collaboration within the arts education landscape.
  2. Expand learning opportunities for educators working to close the opportunity gap.
  3. Strengthen youth, educator, and family civic engagement with the arts and cultural sector.
  4. Ensure arts learning is accessible to all PreK-12 students in Washington State.
  5. Elevate the role of arts education in Washington State through Data, Research, and Accountability.

*Strategies (language adapted from and credited to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Art for Life’s Sake: The Case for Arts Education (Cambridge, Mass.: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2021)

Arts Integration and Early Learning.

Arts In Education Spotlight

Creative Start Studio

Creative Start Studio offers arts integration resources for early learning educators, teaching artists, families, and caregivers. The art-focused video tutorials and downloadable lesson plans are designed for parents, families, caregivers, and educators of children ages 3 to 8.

In this video tutorial, artist Sarah Porkolab offers tips to teaching artists and educators who want to be more comfortable and confident in front of the camera. Learn story-telling tricks for recording at-home tutorials that are engaging and fun.

Our Collaborators

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