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    Drawing of a Heart that says "We love Each Other."

    Drawing by a Rising Star Elementary student from a lesson on line in the SPS Learning Extension Packets.

    The 2020-21 school year – a year unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes. This continues to be a time of struggle for students and adults, and it is in times like this that we lean into the arts for comfort, community connection, self-expression, and liberation. The Creative Advantage was founded on the belief that arts are core to a rigorous K-12 academic education to which every student should have access. The arts are still that, but this is a time when we need the arts to do much more for our students.

    • The arts can keep students connected and engaged during on-line learning
    • The arts are healing and help students (and adults) to name and manage their emotions.
    • The arts can be anti-racist when they are relational, empowering, liberatory, transparent and healing. In fact, SPS art teachers and teaching artists have been developing a culturally responsive and anti-racist arts framework to ground educators and students to promote growth, community and agency.
    • The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has put out this collaboratively created document with useful links to learn further why the arts are essential.

    While this is a challenging time for all of our arts learning community, there are also opportunities to teach, learn and create in innovative ways, and most important, to face existing inequities in arts learning head on. Below you’ll find information on how Creative Advantage schools and partners are impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and how we are responding together as a community. We will continue updating this site. If you have a critical question that is not answered here, please email akquerns@seattleschools.org.

    School Arts Planning: School arts planning meetings can continue to happen remotely over Teams. The school leader and their Arts Leaderships Coach should mutually decide which is appropriate for their schools arts team.

    Remote arts partnerships with Creative Advantage partners and schools: The Creative Advantage conducted a survey of the 122 arts partners on The Creative Advantage Arts Partner Roster and found that most report that they are ready to provide remote arts partnerships like classroom arts residencies and professional development for staff. In fact, many partners provided remote creative youth arts classes all summer so had time to work out the kinks in remote learning.

    If you are considering a remote arts partnership, please check out these SPS Guidelines for Remote Partnerships to learn about partner (and volunteer) rules to ensure student safety, how partners can access SPS technology platforms like Teams, and contracting for remote partnerships.

    Current and future Creative Advantage partnerships funding: Per the funder, the Office of Arts & Culture, all unspent Creative Advantage funds held by schools will be rolled into next year. More information about partnerships funds here.

    Regional Arts Festivals: The Southeast and Central Regional Arts Festivals were postponed. We are still going to celebrate our student artists. We will either re-schedule the festivals for winter, 2021 or, if public gatherings are still not possible, we will organize a virtual arts festival.

    Arts Integration Professional Development SeriesAll Arts Integration Workshops that were scheduled for March 10th and beyond have been cancelled while schools are closed due to Covid-19. Once schools are open again, we will coordinate with our arts integration partners and the SPS professional development department to reschedule all of cancelled workshops. 

    Creative Advantage PD Series: Update to be announced.

    On-line arts learning from Creative Advantage partners: See what our Creative Advantage partners have already created in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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