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Dry Creek 2nd grader shows how she interpreted emotion through music, color, and line after reading the story, The Way I Feel. Photo courtesy of Port Angeles School District. (May 26, 2021)

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 grant supports arts integration efforts in early learning communities.

This application is 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:

laird Norton Family Foundation logo Special thanks to the Laird Norton Family Foundation for their support of the Creative Start program and dedication to increasing the growth of arts integration in public education.

Contact us

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