| December, 2018
Arts Education News...
Concord Elementary featured on KUOW
Concord Elementary opened their doors to KUOW radio's Arts & Culture reporter, Marcie Silmman on Dec 6th. Listen to the 6-minutes story here . The report focuses on the role of arts learning in educational racial equity and features Concord teacher, Jessica Staire's music class as well as interviews with Jessica and Gail Sehlhorst Visual and Performing Arts Manager.
In a Creative Advantage School...
Cleveland and Rainier Beach HS Students Take Center Stage with Country Music Performers and Songwriters
On Dec. 4, all eyes were on Ina Hong and Regina Landan as they took the stage at the Showbox SODO to perform their original songs next to famous country music names such as Bailey Bryan, Barry Dean, Walker McGuire, and Cassadee Pope at the Country Music Association (CMA) Songwriters Series.

Read the article here .
Arts Opportunities for Schools
Grants available to Creative Advantage schools
The Woodland Park Players is a non-profit community theater company that produces a yearly musical in the North West area of Seattle. We are dedicated to using our proceeds to support arts in education in the greater Seattle area.

We will be offering several $500-$1000 grants for arts in education programs that benefit Seattle area public school students. If your school is interested in starting or growing your existing Theater, Music, Visual Art or Dance programs please inquire. 
Applications will be released on Dec 15th, 2018 and are due by Jan 15th, 2019. Recipients will be notified by Feb 15th, 2019. 

Please contact Karen Fischer at: for more information and to request an application.
Music Matters Grants
Application Deadline March 31st, 2019

The Music Matters Fund is managed as a partnership between Music Aid Northwest and the Washington Music Educators Association. Awards from this fund are intended to provide supplemental support to public school music programs in Washington, specifically in schools where funding is scarce. Applications must be postmarked or faxed by March 31. For more information and to apply for a grant, please go to:
Arts Opportunities for Teachers
January 8, 4-7 PM
Professional Development on Increasing Inclusivity and Belonging Through Creativity
Join us for an exploration of youth development through hands on activities that positively impact students’ sense of belonging and promote inclusivity in a classroom or out-of-school-time program. In this workshop, Arts Corps teaching artists and program staff will lead participants through an exploration of strategies for using creativity to foster positive mindsets across programs, age groups and venues, and the role creative youth development plays in achieving greater justice and equity in education.

Clock hours will be offered. 
Arts Opportunities for Students
Intersections Comedy Festival -Invitation for Youth Performers

Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance is a comedy festival focused on equity, inclusion, and representation. Our next festival will run in March 21-24, 2019 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The festival features performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, spoken word, music, theatre, dance, burlesque, drag, storytelling, and more! Intersections focuses on inclusion in terms of race, gender, disability, and LGBTQIA+. We hope these performances bring new voices to the forefront, and spark conversation and action for social justice and representation in our community. We welcome your perspectives, your ideas, and any input you have for 2019! If you'd like to be involved, feel free to reach out.
Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas 
Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (CD Forum) would like to invite you and your students to the following Showing Out events in 2019.

Showing Out: The Word! Untied and Untethered     
Black Writers, Poets, Screenwriters, Novelists, Playwrights, Spoken Word Artists and Wordsmiths!      
Matinee Event Date: February 15th, 2019 (Fri) at 11:30am – approx. 1 hr-1.5 hour engagement

Shows are recommended for youth 12 years and older.

CD Forum events encourage discussion and interactions with performers and audiences and we are open to talkbacks and/or brief workshops with students as part of your arts curriculum.  

Admission Fee: $5.00/per student and/or staff as part of school rate. 
Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions about this fee and would like to bring your class to these events. 
Location of Performances: The performances will be at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute at 104 17th Avenue South, Seattle, 98144. 
Plenty of parking and close to streetcar and bus lines (27, 14 plus other bus routes with 4 block walking distance)

Booking and More Information: To book your group today and receive further information about performances, please eamail Merri Ann Osborne or call at (206) 323-4032 

As you implement your school arts plans, here are a few websites and people you can look to for help:

The Creative Advantage Page on the SPS website
Resources and tools for arts teams, Creative Advantage news and archived newsletters.

The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage.

The Creative Advantage Website & Toolkit houses the school arts plans, tools for planning partnerships, guidelines for contracts and invoices and more.

If you can't find what you need on-line, contact the Creative Advantage staff:
Audrey Querns -SPS project manager for Creative Advantage (for questions about arts teams and planning, arts partner logistics like contracts and funding)
Tina LaPadula - Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Creative Youth Project Manager and Lara Davis -Arts Education Manager (for questions about the Arts Partner Roster and working with teaching artists and arts organizations) 

Gail Sehlhorst -SPS Visual and Performing Arts Manager (for questions about arts staffing, curriculum and assessment)
Kate Baker - SPS Media Arts Skills Center Project Manager