Seattle Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts eNews
Vol. 2, Issue 5
December 2009

In this issue:

Featured Partnership:
Frye Art Museum,
and SW Interagency School

Opportunities for:
Community Arts Education
How Do You Find the Best Community Arts Partnership for Your School?

Perhaps you are a classroom teacher who wants to integrate the arts into another content area? Or you are principal who wants to support your arts specialist in strengthening his or her teaching skills? Or you are a PTA Art Committee chair who wants to find an after-school program that further develops students' artistic interests? How do you find a program that best meets your needs?

This Arts eNews is one of the first places to start. Provided in this newsletter is a quite comprehensive listing of a variety of arts education opportunities in the Seattle area. We have now posted that listing on a separate web page. There is a link to the listings in the body of this eNews, but these listings are now accessible directly from the SPS Arts Department website. In the near future, these listings will be searchable by categories such as program type, arts discipline, and audience, in order to make finding the right program easier.

Once you find a few programs which might meet your school needs, how do you decide which ones will be the best fit? Ultimately, partnerships between schools and community arts organizations should support the vision of the district's strategic plan "Excellence for All." In particular, the arts are keenly positioned to support building teacher capacity and infusing a culturally competent approach to teaching and learning, which is foundational to understanding all content areas.

Community arts organizations also bring learning experiences that can enhance and deepen the foundational school curricula, such as opportunities to work alongside professional artists and being able to delve into topics of personal interest. The school/community arts organization partnership featured in this month's Arts eNews is a perfect example of this kind of special opportunity. See below to learn more about how students will curate a museum exhibition and other students will design museum shop products that accompany the exhibition. Without the creativity and collaborative efforts of community arts organization educators and teachers, these student would not have such unique experiences.

There are many questions to ask when deciding to engage in a Community Arts partnership for your school, yet the two questions to start with include: what does this organization do support our current school's academic and family/community engagement goals? And what does this partnership provide that expands and/or deepens what we are able to do as a school? For guidance on further questions, the SPS Community Arts Liaison can help. Please see below for contact information.

About the SPS Arts eNews

If you are school staff or parent in the Seattle Public Schools, the Arts eNews is your place to find educational arts opportunities in the greater Seattle community.

If you would like to share the news of an arts event occurring at your school, such as a student concert, play, or art exhibition, we ask that school staff submit a story to Seattle Public Schools' School Beat newsletter. Stories could also include community arts organization events happening at a school site or a performance opportunity for Seattle Public School students occurring at a professional arts venue. School Beat stories can be sent to Announcements of school events can also be posted on the District's calendar

If you work for a community arts organization and would like to submit a program listing for this Arts eNews, you can find the submission form at our website /modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=194026&sessionid.

How the SPS Community Arts Liaison Can Help

If you would like assistance in matching the right program to support and enhance your students' learning, please contact Community Arts Liaison Kathleen Allen We encourage all potential program participants to assess how a program meets their needs, especially when establishing long-term partnerships.

Please note, however, that listings of programs, events and activities in the Arts eNews do not equate to an endorsement by Seattle Public Schools. Specific questions about the programs should be addressed directly to the sponsoring arts organization that has provided SPS with program information.

       Meet the Arts Team

Carri Campbell,
Visual and Performing Arts Program Manager,

Kathleen Allen,
Community Arts Liaison,

Pam Ivezić
K-12 Instructional Services Music Coach,


Featured Partnership
Frye Art Museum, Arts Corps/Musician Corps, Southwest Interagency School and The Center School

Frye Museum Exhibition Curated by High School Students
The Frye Art Museum has commissioned several collaborative intradepartmental exhibitions and projects to celebrate the Museum's 58 year old commitment to community outreach and art education.

Two projects in particular reflect the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration. One project is in response to Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History, an exhibition opening at the Frye on January 23, 2010. Artist Tim Rollins was an arts educator who developed a curriculum that incorporated art-making with reading and writing lessons for students in the South Bronx who were classified as academically or emotionally "at risk." Together, Rollins and his students, who called themselves Kids of Survival, developed a collaborative process they called "jammin'," Rollins or one of the students read aloud from the selected text while the other members drew, relating the stories to their own experiences. While the Tim Rollins and K.O.S. exhibition is on view, an exhibition curated by high school students will also be on view mirroring the same sort of collaborative work in which Tim Rollins and his students engaged. This exhibition, with the title of I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me is based on the Frye's permanent collection and is curated by teens in an Arts Corps program, some of whom Southwest Interagency School. The students work is led by Arts Corps' MusicianCorps fellow Amos Miller and teaching artist Roberto Ascalon. Students are taking part in the behind-the-scenes work of a museum selecting objects from the permanent collection, an exhibition theme and title. They will create personal responses to the artwork in music and word. They will also plan the opening night events and public programs for the exhibition. This exhibition will be presented in one of the Frye's main galleries.

The Frye is also collaborating with The Center School. The Frye Museum Store invited art teacher Wyn Pottinger-Levy and her class of graphic design students to design teen-oriented products that will be sold in the Museum Store during the run of the Tim Rollins exhibition. In addition to designing the products, the students will work with the Museum Store manager Karla Glanzman in sourcing the manufacturer, developing a budget, setting the retail price, overseeing the production, and designing the exhibit space in the Store.

About the Frye Museum's Programs for Schools and Teachers
Opportunities abound at the Frye for educators to connect the classroom with art, history, and real-world learning. Programs for educators are available to enrich curricula and student experience in and out of the classroom, and to take advantage of personal and professional development. The Frye Art Museum's school tour program facilitates students' personal discoveries about art and encourages dialogue aimed at strengthening skills to view art independently. Resources, such as self-guided materials, help teachers to challenge learners to think critically about what they see and engage them in the process of discussing art The Frye offers both guided tours and self-guided tours for school groups. Additionally, The Frye Museum also partners with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) which is an organization that provides student-centered, research-based education method that uses art to build capacities to observe, think, listen, and communicate.

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History is curated by Ian Berry, Malloy Curator at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, in collaboration with the artists, and is coordinated for the Frye Art Museum by Robin Held. Presentation of this exhibition at the Frye Art Museum is made possible by funding from the Frye Foundation and the generous support of the Offield Family Foundation.

Students In Museum Storage
Photography © Susie Fitzhugh, 2009
Students working on Mural
Photography © Tim Rollins and K.O.S. Workshop for Amerika IX, 1987. Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina.
District Arts Education Information

Arts Professional Development Opportunities Open to SPS Teachers of Various Content Areas

To register for any of the following workshops, visit the SPS Professional Development site for instructions on how to use through the Employee Self Serve system:

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) that Help Students Observe, Think, Listen and Communicate Effectively
Saturday, February 27, 2010, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Frye Museum of Art, 704 Terry Avenue. Seattle, Washington 98104
Audience: All teachers
Three clock hours available at $2 per hour

This 3 hour discussion-based workshop will provide an introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) , a student-centered, research-based education method and curriculum that uses art to build capacities to observe, think, listen, and communicate. VTS teaches how to value one's own ideas, to listen to and build on those of others. This method is based on 30 years of empirical research by Harvard-trained cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen. VTS has been field-tested with students who struggle to learn and across languages and cultures.

VTS aligns with WA EALRS in Communication, Reading, and Mathematics. VTS also supports High Leverage Teaching Moves: Teachers learn effective facilitation strategies that help encourage and develop skills such as careful listening, providing evidence for interpretations and understanding multiple viewpoint and ways of thinking.

This workshop will be at the Frye Art Museum and presented by Yoon Kang-O'Higgins, VTS Northwest Regional Director and Deborah Sepulveda, Frye Art Museum Manager of Student and Teacher Programs.

Drawing is Literacy - Constructing Your Story
March 19, 2009, 12:15-4:15 p.m.,
Nova High School, Room 31, 300 20 AV E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Old Meany Building)
Audience: K-12 Visual Arts, Language Arts and Social Studies teachers
4 clock hours are available for $2 per hour.

Using the book form and basic visual arts elements, workshop participants will create a personal narrative, poem or myth. This is an opportunity to learn how to integrate visual arts and literacy in a very practical way. This workshop is appropriate for both elementary and secondary teachers. Non-arts specialists are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Outcomes include: creating a book that demonstrates use of visual art elements connected to a story, poem, tale, or mythology and learn basic book making techniques

Workshop will be co-taught by Karen Kosoglad, local artist represented by the Lisa Harris Gallery and SPS arts educator and Cora Mackoff, SPS language arts and social studies teacher.

Music for Special Education Students
March 19, 2010, 12:30-3:30 p.m.,
Lowell Elementary, 1058 E Mercer St., Seattle, WA
Audience: Music and Multi-Arts K-8 and Special Education
3 Clock hours available at $2 per hour

Music is a powerful tool and can be used effectively to enhance learning and social skills for students with special needs. Specialized supports will be described, such as communication devices, icon systems, pressure switches, visual schedules and sign language. Visual aids, social scripts and props will also be shared. Special materials created that use music to teach non-musical skills will be shared, along with adapted instruments and props. Tips as to how to get supports and team with others in a school system will be discussed, uses of paraprofessionals and budgeting for supplies. Special educators will gain ideas as to how music can be used to structure learning and paraprofessionals will see their special role in bridging information.

Presenter Wendy Zieve is a board certified music therapist and preschool through elementary music educator, with over 25 years of experience. She has a private practice in which she sees private clients and creates programs for special recreation programs, group homes and artist-residencies in schools.

Technology and the Image: Conversations on Post-Modernism and Contemporary Art
April 17, 2010, 1-4 p.m., Seattle Galleries, Pioneer Square
April 24, 10 AM -3 p.m., Eckstein Middle School
Audience: All teachers providing instruction to 8-12 grade students
8 clock hours are available for $2 per hour.
Participants will be paid the $16.71 extra-time rate

What is Post Modernism? Why is Post-Modernism important for students today? What is Contemporary art? How can we teach contemporary issues in art to students and why is it relevant? These questions will be explored during this interactive and engaging workshop. Using art theory and artists from the 20th and 21st century we'll discuss local art, ideas and then continue our discussion in the art-making classroom.

The workshop will be capped at 15 participants. Please register early.

SPS Administrative Office Seeks Student Artwork for Display

Brighten up the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence with student art work from your school. All forms of two-dimensional art work are welcome for display. Simply label the work with the student's name, teacher, grade level and school and bring it to the JSCEE. Work does not need to be specially mounted. Any school staff or parent volunteer can drop off and pick up the work. Displays will last two to three weeks and must be arranged in advance with Theresa Salmon, SPS Logistics Project Administrator at

School Public Art Projects Need District Review

Any projects in which art is installed within the inside or outside of school facilities and which is done by someone other than Seattle Public School staff, such as by an artist-in-residence or by parent volunteers, needs to be reviewed and approved by The Self Help Program of the SPS Facilities Departments. For questions regarding project guidelines, contact Gretchen DeDecker, Senior Facilities Planner at and visit

If you are school staff or community member who wants to work with a community arts organization that leads student public art projects to improve school facilities, please contact Kathleen Allen, SPS Community Arts Liaison

Arts Education Advocacy

Local Resources

ArtsEd Washington along with Washington Alliance for Arts provide valuable resources for learning more about advocating for the arts to school administrators, school boards, legislators and the community. Sign up for these organizations' newsletters to receive advocacy tips and e-Alerts of important arts-related policy issues.

National Resources

Americans for the Arts hosts information about the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and arts education. This web page seeks to inform advocates about, provide context for, and offer more information on the relationship between arts education and NCLB.

Arts Education Events, Research and Resources

Washington Art Education Association Student Art Exhibition

Opening February 13, 2010
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle WA

Opening on February 13, 2010, will be the twelfth annual Washington Art Education Association student art exhibition at the Frye. This juried exhibition of art by K-12 students has been selected by teachers from school districts all over Washington state. It highlights models of teaching that strive to answer the question: How did you use creativity and collaboration to foster critical thinking skills in your students? Educators will provide a written description of how their teaching addresses this question along with their student's artwork.

To find links to the most recent arts education research and resources in Washington State you can visit the following websites:

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - The Arts
Washington State Arts Commission,
ArtsEd Washington,

For national-level arts research and resources check out the following sites:

Arts Education Partnership,
American for the Arts
Dana Foundation, Arts Education in the News
Keep Arts in Schools

For case studies and reports from arts organizations and other non-profits around the country, visit:


Resources for Parents Supporting the Arts in Schools

Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program Workshops for Parents and Community Members
As America's national center for the performing arts, and as a leader in the development of arts education policy and programming, The John F. Kennedy Center provides workshops for parents and other community members (i.e., school board members, school administrators, members of the business community, community leaders). The purpose of the workshops is to help participants experience first-hand the benefits that students derive from participating in learning activities that connect the arts with other subject areas. The fee for a workshop will be negotiated between the sponsoring organization and the workshop leader or agent for the workshop. Sponsors should contact the workshop leader directly to determine his/her availability. In addition to the fee, other expenses incurred by the sponsor include round-trip airfare, hotel room, per diem appropriate to the individual locality, and local ground transportation for the workshop leader in the hosting community

For additional information, contact Partners in Education, The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566, or call (202) 416-8806 or visit

On Demand Webinar from Americans for the Arts - Building Parent Involvement in Schools through the Arts
If schools are to succeed in reaching every child academically, they need the support of a parent or primary caregiver to achieve this goal. This session will discuss the body of research that demonstrates how the arts can engage families in schools and discuss key strategies that are currently working in both public and charter schools. Speakers include: Michael Sikes, Senior Associate for Research and Policy, the Arts Education Partnership , Washington D.C. and author of "Building Parent Involvement through the Arts" (2007); Sarah Ogeto , Program Coordinator, Illinois Parent Information Resource Center at Columbia College Chicago; Joanne Vena, Director of School Partnerships, Center for Community Arts Partnerships , Columbia College Chicago; Angela Fowler, PIRC Program Manager, Harris Center for Early Childhood Education, Columbia College Chicago.

PTA Guides and Resources to Help Parents Support Arts Education
As the PTA web site states: "Arts education not only cultivates imagination, self-expression, and creativity, but also plays a vital role in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It promotes visual literacy, which enables students to analyze and interpret the meaning of complex visual imagery that permeates the media and popular culture." To support this vision, the website offers PTA resources, programs, publications, and position statements to bolster parent advocates for the arts.

Research-Based Advocacy Guide for Parents Supporting the Arts
Douglas Gould and Company developed Parents for the Arts Advisory: Outreach that Resonates and Motivates as an arts advocacy guide based on recent research that examined the persona of parents who advocate or are likely to advocate for arts in education. It offers messaging that you can use to motivate parents to act on behalf of stronger arts in schools and engage local communities to embrace arts education.

Free Publication, My Child, The Arts and Learning: A Guide for Parents, Pre-K to Second Grade.
This guide is published in 9 different languages by the Center for Arts Education in New York and is available for free download at


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Funding Opportunities
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The following are some of the resources available to schools, individual teachers and PTSAs seeking funding to support arts education in the schools. Some of the grant opportunities listed may not be "arts-specific," but the arts can often address important educational issues such as closing the achievement gap, creative teaching practices, leadership, peer mentoring, community service, and parent engagement. We will continue to highlight new sources each month as well as link you to comprehensive lists or databases of grant opportunities.

Please note that all competitive grants and/or new grants must receive prior approval from the SPS Chief Academic Officer and designated staff, this also includes any requests for District participation in grants developed by outside partnerships or groups. Grants and grant proposals are reviewed each Monday. Requests for review must be received at least one week prior to the Monday meeting. Please contact Kevin Corrigan, Office of Fiscal Compliance & Grants at .

Individual Awards and Fellowships in Arts Education

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers: Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Nearly 100,000 students will accept the challenge to submit work to The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for review by professional artists, writers, educators, and creative-industry leaders. More than 30,000 students will earn regional awards, and 1,000 students will earn national awards. This will be the 87th year of seeking out the best young artists and writers from across the country. In an effort to best reflect the evolving modes of expression, guidelines have been refined and a few new categories have been added including Video Games, Persuasive Writing and Creativity and Citizenship. The Awards offer students recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities. Deadline: December 11, 2009

Neighborhood Appreciation Day - 2009 Art Contest
On Saturday, February 6, 2010 the residents of Seattle will celebrate the 16th annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day. This celebration defines Seattle at its best: a livable place where people treasure their neighbors and neighborhoods. In recognition of this event, we invite Seattle students to contribute original artwork for city-wide art contest sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods. The winning artworks will be featured on greeting cards provided for free to the community. In addition, the Department of Neighborhoods will host a special awards event to honor the winning students and honorable mentions, along with their parents and teachers. For more information, contact Lois Maag at Deadline: December 11, 2009

Music Educators National Conference National Honor Ensembles Auditions
The first annual National Honor Ensembles will be held this year as part of Music Education Week in Washington, DC, occurring June 24-28, 2009. Outstanding student musicians will be selected through a rigorous audition screening process. This will result in an event that will feature a national honor concert band, concert choir, orchestra and jazz band. 10th and 11th grade students of current members of MENC are eligible to audition. Auditions are now open through February 1, 2010

Funding and Resources for Classroom Arts Projects:
This site provides a free donor-matching service for education. School teachers build WishLists of equipment, material and supplies; anything they need for their classroom. Donors locate teachers through our WishList search and offer their donations of new or used items or the cost of the teacher's WishList. 100% of donations go directly to a school teacher in need. Deadline: Ongoing

The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund
This fund has recently expanded to cover Washington and invites elementary and middle school teachers to submit proposals for art and music programs that their schools are unable to fund. Deadline: Ongoing
Teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals choose projects to fund. Deadline: Ongoing
A donor selects a classroom and makes a contribution for the teacher to use and purchase much needed resources for the classroom. Donors may search for classrooms by geography, school name, teacher name or other search criteria. If a donor has no preference, Adopt-A-Classroom partners the donor with an underserved classroom in the community. Deadline: Ongoing

Funding for School-wide Arts Needs:

The Fender Music Foundation
The Fender Music Foundation accepts electronic grant applications throughout the year from 501(c)3 or governmental organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs in the United States, which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. The intent of the program must be music instruction, not music appreciation or entertainment, and the participants/students cannot be professional or career musicians. Almost all of the selected programs include in-school music classes, in which the students make music; after-school music programs that are not run by the school; and music therapy programs, in which the participants make the music. Deadline: Ongoing

Guitar Center Music Foundation
The Guitar Center Music Foundation's mission is to aid nonprofit music programs across America that offer music instruction so that more people can experience the joys of making music. The Guitar Center Music Foundation accepts grant applications throughout the year from 501(c)(3) organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing, and sustainable music programs across the United States that provide music instruction to people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. The grant committee reviews all applications three times yearly, and grant awards range from $500 to $5,000 each. Deadline: Ongoing

Classics for Kids Foundation
Classics for Kids Foundation helps bring new, exceptionally fine stringed instruments and mentoring with world-renowned musicians to children while strengthening local community support for music education. Matching grants are open to new and established music programs nationally that serve children grades 3 through 12. Matching instrument grants typically range from $5,000-$40,000. Complete guidelines and applications can be found at Deadline: Ongoing

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (MHOF) was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland's Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. MHOF donates instruments to music programs where students have access to a music curriculum but lack the resources and support base to adequately keep up with equipment loss due to attrition, depreciation and wear over time. An infusion of instruments and repairs enables more students to participate and experience a quality music education. Three types of grants are available for K-12 school instrumental music programs with financial need that take place during the school day; after-school music programs; and outstanding student musicians enrolled in grades 8-12 who cannot afford an appropriate instrument. Pre-Qualification Application Deadline: Ongoing

Grant resources, lists and databases

National Education Association Article: Write a Grant
This article outlines tips for teachers writing grants on how to catch the attention of government agencies, private groups, corporations, and others willing to help.

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
This article in Education World ® reviews practical tips to help first-time grant writers get the grants they need. Links to sites for researching grants for schools are also included in the article.

ArtsEd Washington Funding Resources
Frame_Resources.html ArtsEd Washington provides an extensive list of state and national-level funding sources including foundation and corporate grants, scholarships, contest, as well as resources for writing grants.

The School Funding Center
The School Funding Center monitors more than 4000 websites, newsletters, and other grant sources to give you The School Funding Center grant database-----the one central location where educators can find every federal, state, & foundation grant available to their schools. Subscribe to a free newsletter, and every grant available to every school in our database.

SchoolGrants shares grant information with PK-12 educators. SchoolGrants provides online tips to those who need them. Finding suitable grant opportunities requires a great deal of time and research SchoolGrants reduces the effort by listing a variety of opportunities available to public and private nonprofit elementary and secondary schools and districts across the United States.

Seattle Public Library Foundation Center
The Library provides a searchable database for individuals and organizations seeking grant opportunities through private or corporate foundations. The database is available for in-house use at library locations
A searchable database of grants that link to the websites of the grantees.

Foundation Center
For a monthly fee, the Foundation Center provides access to online grant information about funding for educational scholarships, fellowships, loans, and internships, arts and cultural support, awards, prizes, and grants by nomination.