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Summary: Celebrating arts in Seattle Public Schools for National Arts in Education Week.
Celebrating National Arts in Education Week September 12-17
Seattle Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts has a mission to provide all students, especially students of color, arts learning experiences through which their intellect and imaginations are sparked; their knowledge and experiences are affirmed and expanded; and their agency is put into practice.
We envision a wholistic approach to learning where students can explore, take risks, make mistakes, be themselves, and find community.
To give equitable access to arts education for every student, SPS established The Creative Advantage initiative. It’s made possible through a public-private partnership with SPS, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation and over 100 community-based arts organizations and teaching artist. SPS is also fostering antiracist arts education with The Roots – A Culturally Responsive & Antiracist Arts Framework.
In recognition of National Arts in Education Week (September 12-17), we want to encourage all students to find their inner artist.
Students who have an arts education are more successful in school and life. Students in the arts are more motivated and engaged, have better attendance, are more likely to graduate, and are more civically engaged as adults.
If you are an SPS student, parent, caregiver, teacher, community member, etc. who is into visual or performing arts, we encourage you to tag your work with the hashtag #artistsofsps. Feel free to post your art, songs, performances, and photos. We are all artists in some way.