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    Art Kits for SPS Students
    Posted on 11/04/2020
    Tables with art supplies for the student art kits

    Art Kits for SPS Students

    While in a remote learning setting, Seattle Public Schools and our partners across the city have been persistent in getting art supplies to our schools and students. We are excited to announce that with the support and collective efforts of partners, SPS will purchase art materials for students in visual arts courses that have expressed a need.

    SPS has worked with many partners to make this possible, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and the Seattle Seahawks through the donation they made to The Creative Advantage last spring.

    In some schools, our amazing visual arts educators also collected and distributed supplies from their own classrooms to make sure their students had what they needed to continue learning in a remote setting. As a result, the district will be able to purchase art materials for every school with students enrolled in visual arts courses.

    This effort will serve approximately 25,000 students across the district with art kits. As a city and district, we are showing our students that we invest in and value the arts and that we want students to continue learning with quality art materials while at home.

    The art kits may include a variety of materials, depending on the school or course, such as markers, erasers, pipe cleaners, colored pencils, sharpies, sketchbooks, scissors, paints and paintbrushes, glue sticks, crayons, and different papers like colorful construction paper, card stock, non-lined paper, and more. At one of our schools, local restaurant Pagliacci Pizza even donated pizza boxes to hold all the supplies for students.

    "It's critical that students are validated and affirmed through art materials that allow them to express, explore, connect, and deepen their learning," Gail Sehlhorst, program manager for Visual and Performing Arts said. "This pandemic is rough on all of us and this project has brought so many institutions and people together — it's been a bright spot — and we are so very grateful."

    We want to express our sincere gratitude for all our partners that worked together to make this possible and for our visual arts educators for assembling and distributing the kits to their students. It truly was a team effort to serve all our students, especially those furthest from educational justice. During this time of uncertainty, it's important to give students ways to express themselves through the arts, even while learning from home.

    Learn more about visual and performing arts at Seattle Public Schools.