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    The Creative Advantage logo: Arts education now. Innovative minds tomorrow.

    The Creative Advantage is the Seattle Public Schools arts plan. It is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning for every Seattle Public Schools student. It is a coordinated network that includes the district, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation and more than 100 community arts partners.

    We envision a city where, through the arts, all youth have voice to influence positive change in their schools and community and to develop skills for work and life. It’s an equity issue. A basic education inclusive of the arts is mandatory in Washington State, but many schools are not able to provide the necessary class time for arts instruction.  While there are award-wining arts programs in some schools, many students do not have consistent access to the arts as they move through their school careers.  This is especially true for students of color who are furthest from educational justice.

    Seattle Public Schools and The Creative Advantage are building access to arts education for all students by: 

    1. Increasing art and music instruction during the school day
    2. Ensuring that all arts instruction is high-quality-teaching sequential arts skills and techniques, developing students’ 21st Century skills and is culturally responsive to all students.
    3. Increasing opportunities to enhance student engagement by integrating arts with other core content
    4. Providing students with consistent access to Seattle diverse, high-quality community-based arts organizations and teaching artists.
    5. Ensuring that students have opportunities to connect their passion for the arts to careers.

    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

    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