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    Great schools have arts

    Teacher with studentSeattle Public Schools is investing in arts education.  We envision a city where, through the arts, all youth have voice to influence positive change in their schools and develop skills for work and life.

    Why is arts education vital? 

    Students who participate in the arts are more successful in school and life. Studies show arts positively impact:

    • Student engagement
    • Attendance
    • Graduation rates
    • Disciplinary rates
    • Academic gains 

    For these reasons and more, we’re investing in the arts through The Creative Advantage.

    Creative Advantage

    The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning for all Seattle Public School students. We envision a city where, through the arts, youth have voice to influence positive change in their schools and develop skills for work and life. This is a collaboration and partnership between SPS, the City, Seattle Foundation and arts partners. The Creative Advantage is made up of change-makers: teachers, school leaders, teaching artists, arts organizations and arts providers. Read more about Creative Advantage.

    Contact Us

    Gail Sehlhorst
    Visual and Performing Arts Program Manager
    206-252-0188
    ghsehlhorst@seattleschools.org

    Pamela Ivezic
    K-12 Instructional Services Music Coach
    206-252-0142
    paivezic@seattleschools.org

    Audrey Querns
    Creative Advantage Project Manager
    206-252-0782
    akquerns@seattleschools.org

    Kate Baker
    Creative Advantage Project Manager for Media Arts Skills Center
    206-252-0847
    kabaker@seattleschools.org

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