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Creative Advantage Arts Partnership Guidelines

2019-20

The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts education for each and every student in Seattle Public Schools.  We do this by closing access gaps in elementary art and music instruction, training teachers to integrate arts into other subjects and creating opportunities for students to learn from professional artists and engage in culturally relevant art-making. These goals are supported through partnerships with Seattle's vibrant and diverse teaching artists and community arts organizations.

WHAT IS A CREATIVE ADVANTAGE SCHOOL ARTS PARTNERSHIP?

Every Creative Advantage school receives $15,000 over two or three years to spend on arts partnerships.  
Partnership funds are for payment to arts partners selected from The Creative Advantage Arts Partner roster http://www.creativeadvantageseattle.org/community-arts-partner-roster/

Aligned with our district-wide arts goals, partnerships between schools and community arts partners will fall under one of the following categories:

     PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for staff that focuses on high quality arts integration
     Teaching artist residencies that provide INTEGRATED ARTS LEARNING experiences during the school day.
     Teaching artist residencies that provide CULTURAL ARTS LEARNING experiences during the school day.

Funds can be used to pay community arts partners for the hours spent providing service in class or professional development, preparation time, materials, administrative fees and mileage.  Funds cannot be used to pay for SPS staff time.

All partnerships must have an approved personal services contract BEFORE services begin.

WHAT SCHOOLS ARE CREATIVE ADVANTAGE SCHOOLS IN 2019-20?

New North-end Arts Pathway Schools (Robert Eaglestaff MS and Jane Addams MS Feeder Patterns) will form arts team and conduct school arts vision and action planning this fall and winter. Please contact your principal if you would like to join the arts team.  In January, after planning, each school will have $3,000 to spend on arts partnerships in the second semester and $6,000 to spend next year and $6000 the year after.

Central and Southwest Arts Pathway Schools (McClure MS and Madison MS Feeder Patterns) will have $6000 (plus any underspend from 2018-19) to spend on partnerships.

Southeast Arts Pathway Schools (Aki MS and Mercer MS Feeder Patterns) will have $4500 (plus any underspend from 2018-19 to spend on partnerships.

South-Southwest Arts Pathway Schools (Denny MS K-12 feeder pattern) and Central Arts Pathway Schools (Washington MS K-12 feeder pattern) have completed their Creative Advantage partnership supports.  Many schools have underspend from the previous year to spend on new partnerships. If you would like to set up an arts partner residency in your school or professional development for you and your staff, connect with your school arts team.

HOW DOES A SCHOOL SET UP A CREATIVE ADVANTAGE ARTS PARTNERSHIP?

STEP 1: IN YOUR ARTS ACTION PLANNING MEETING, DECIDE WHAT TYPES OF PARTNERSHIPS YOUR ARTS TEAM IS WANTS FOR STUDENTS. 

Think about aligning partnerships with your school arts vision or a goal in your school C-SIP.  For example: An all-staff PD on integrating media arts into ELA?  A residency that teaches 3rd grade students storytelling through drumming?  Using theatre to teach the salmon life cycle?  The possibilities are wonderfully endless.

STEP 2: SEARCH FOR AN ARTIST WHO MEETS YOU NEEDS ON THE CREATIVE ADVANTAGE ROSTER.  

You can filter by grade band, arts discipline and other categories such as experience with English Language Learners.    http://www.creativeadvantageseattle.org/community-arts-partner-roster/

STEP 3: CONTACT 1-3 PARTNERS WHO MAY BE A FIT.   

Describe the program you have in mind.  Ask them about their experience working with that particular age group or population.  Tell them about your timeline and budget.  Discuss other things to help you both decide if a partnership will be successful. 

STEP 4: ONCE YOU AND A TEACHING ARTIST DECIDE IT IS A GOOD FIT, START THE REAL PLANNING.  

Use The Creative Advantage Partnership toolsto plan the learning objectives, the scope, schedule and budget of your partnership. 

STEP 5: NEXT, CREATE A PERSONAL SERVICE CONTRACT.  

Any partner, who is being paid to provide a program or service for students, families, or staff, must have a Personal Services Contract with Seattle Public Schools before the services begin. Allow at least two weeks prior to beginning work at the school or with the staff.

All forms are available in the SPS Community Partnerships site.

Your principal or administrative/fiscal secretary can be a support in this process.  You can also contact the Creative Advantage Project Manager – Audrey Querns at akquerns@seattleschools.org

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY STEPS OF THE PROCESS, CONTACT AUDREY QUERNS – AKQUERNS@SEATTLESCHOOLS.ORG.