View Ridge Elementary first grade student focuses on his stamp printing
View Ridge Elementary first grade student focuses on his stamp printing

Creative Start is a statewide arts integration and early learning program. The program includes grants for schools and regional leaders, community-based professional learning opportunities, and a studio of resources to support students, teachers, and families.

Creative Start program goals:

  1. Support creative, academic, and social emotional learning to close the opportunity gap for Washington’s youngest learners.
  2. Foster statewide teacher-leadership in culturally responsive arts integration.
  3. Develop statewide capacity to offer high-quality professional learning in arts education.

This new program supports communities ready to adopt an early learning arts integration plan. It provides culturally-responsive professional learning and site-based workshops.

Applications now closed.

This grant supports regional arts integration programming, professional learning, and partnerships between Educational Service Districts, school districts, teaching artists, and early learning educators.

Applications now closed.

Arts Integration Resources for educators, families and caregivers.

Creative Start Spotlight

ArtsWA’s Creative Start program has teamed up with teaching artists from across the state to create a series of arts integrated mini-lessons for parents, caregivers, and educators of early learners (age 3-8). This video series was developed to support mindfulness, creativity, fun, and stress relief for early learners and their caregivers through the COVID-19 related stress and beyond. In times of uncertainty, we need more creativity!

View the entire mini-lesson series & more:

If you have any questions about the Creative Start program, please contact: Alexis Sarah, Project Manager, 360-228-6359