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    The Creative Advantage

    The Creative Advantage is the Seattle Public Schools arts plan. It is city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning for all Seattle Public Schools students. It is a collaboration between the district, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Foundation and community arts organizations.

    The district arts plan has one primary goal: To ensure that all students in all Seattle Public Schools have opportunities to learn through the arts, helping them achieve success in school and in life.

    The Creative Advantage supports:

    • High quality arts learning that teaches sequential arts skills and techniques, develops students' 21st century skills and is culturally responsive
    • Increasing instruction from certified arts teachers
    • Training teachers to integrate arts with other subjects
    • School arts partnerships with community-based organizations and teaching artists
    • Connecting students with career opportunities in creative industries

    See how The Creative Advantage is working in one Seattle elementary school, John Muir, in the video below.

    History and Progress

    Equitable access to arts instruction is our mission in The Creative Advantage.  Arts instruction is an essential component of educating the whole child and preparing them for college, career and life in the 21st century.  Read more about the history and progress of The Creative Advantage Arts Initiative.

    Resources for Creative Advantage Arts Teams

    As you develop and implement your school arts plans, here are a few resources that can help.

    Recent Creative Advantage News

    Photo of Denny Middle School student making pottery

    Contact us

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

    Kate Baker 
    SPS Creative Advantage Project Manager for Media Arts
    206-252-0226
    kabaker@seattleschools.org

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

    Tina LaPadula
    Office of Arts & Culture
    Creative Youth Development Project Manager
    tina.lapadula@seattle.gov

    Lara Davis
    Office of Arts & Culture
    Arts Education Manager
    Lara.Davis@seattle.gov