Arts education news for Seattle's school arts teams| April, 2019
May Focus:
Student Arts Showcases
Student musicians from Van Asselt Elementary performing at April 5th Elementary Choir Festival.

“There are always assemblies for sports but not for arts.”

“It would be cool to have more arts events or contests between schools. Publicize it and get people excited.” 

Seattle students in 2012
arts focus groups

This issue includes:
  • New Regional Arts Showcases for 2019-20
  • Meet event manager, Masao Yamada
  • Videos: Displaying student artwork from a K-5 visual art teacher
  • Poll: Student arts showcases at your school and last month's poll winner
  • Recent Arts showcases: Naramore, Elementary Choral festival
  • Opportunities and events 
2019-20 Regional Arts Showcases
In student focus groups on the arts, a students expressed a wish for more opportunities at SPS for students to showcase their arts learning. One student said that there is, “Not enough hype about it [arts]. You never see students in the paper for winning art competitions.” 

The Creative Advantage has received funding from Vulcan Philanthropy to support Regional Arts Showcases highlighting students' visual and performing arts learning from all activated schools within The Creative Advantage.  
Funds are available to groups of schools in multiple Creative Advantage pathways to develop and implement their own regional arts showcase next year. A showcase should feature acts from multiple schools in the same K-12 pathway and from multiple arts disciplines. We imagine an eclectic mix of acts reflecting the arts your students are passionate about in and out of school. Showcases will happen in the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year, with planning beginning this spring. Teams of schools will have support from Masao Yamada, the Regional Arts Showcase Event Manager to advise and coordinate regional teams on the planning, marketing and performance of the events. He will also create a toolkit for schools to use in putting on their own future showcases. Read about Masao below.  If you are a teacher, teaching artist, or student who would like to learn more about how to participate in a 2019 Regional Arts Showcase in Central, Southeast or Southwest Seattle, please contact Masao .  

Meet Event Manager,
Masao Yamada
Photo of Masao with group of youth in background
Masao Yamada has spent the better part of two decades working in the music industry and engaged with youth empowerment organizations. For the last 11 years Masao has also become a fixture with the Boys & Girls Club as a Director of High School programming. He has developed a leadership group that takes extreme pride in their civic duties. The leadership group has been involved in numerous community projects and has developed partnerships with a variety of organizations covering issues such as homelessness, education, global warming, disaster relief, LGBTQ+ inclusion, gun violence, arts and culture plus many more. In recent years Masao has had students recognized with the Governor's Award for their dedication to service in their community.  

As an artist manager for various musical acts in the Seattle region Masao has managed to build relationships with various venues, corporations, and community-based organizations. Through these relationships Masao has managed to organize and implement events and entertainment that have raised funds for organizations such as the Melodic Caring Project (an organization that streams live music to children and teens in the hospital to incorporate healing through the art of music), Artist Striving To End Poverty (connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.), and projectUcan (promotes growth, self-investment and opportunity for youth during and after high school, with civic engagement and a scholarship program aimed at propelling graduates into success.) Masao has also planned youth-based events with corporate partners such as T-Mobile, AT&T, Best Buy, Microsoft, Toyota Financial, Facebook/Oculus, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Seattle Sounders.  

Masao embodies the "You Can" mentality and has been recognized as a community leader who Empowers, Inspires, and Grows everyday by Creating Opportunities for others as well as himself. 
Incentive : Everyone who takes the poll by June 10th, 2019, will be entered in a raffle to receive $100 worth of art materials for your school. Congratulations to last month's winner who took the poll about Arts PD: Pamela McCowan-Conyers at West Seattle Elementary.
Tell us about student arts showcases at your school.

We'd like to know more about the student arts showcases that you already have at your school. This will help us to share ideas across schools and understand what types of supports schools may need in the future.

Displaying Student Art
Thurgood Marshall Elementary Visual Arts teacher, Laura Strand has been creating 2-minute instructional videos all year for her Youtube channel StrandArtStudio. Many of the videos demonstrate a skill or concept for students while others provide ideas for other visual art teachers. Check out these two on displaying student art.
Recent Student Showcases
Opportunities for Teachers
Creative Advantage Meet-up:

DeColonize Pop-Culture Panel & Discussion

At Folklife this Saturday

Art-ivism: A Night Out with the Arts
Thursday, May 30, 2019 
6:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: Frye Art Museum

Register here Cost: Free
Photo of teachers in a visual art workshop at Frye Art Museum.
Arts Impact 5-day Summer Institute:

K-5 Arts Foundations
August 5 – 9, 2019: Seattle
August 12-16, 2019: Tacoma

Time: 9am – 4pm, daily

Summer Institute: $900 per teacher (minimum 3 teachers per school)

School Year Mentorship: $1275 per teacher (minimum 3 teachers per school)

Learn more and register here.
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Children learn best when their imaginations and creativity are engaged through the arts. Arts Impact trains K-5 classroom teachers how to teach creative movement, theater and visual arts, and how to connect the arts with social emotional learning, STEM and literacy.
Creative Advantage Summer Institute
Save the date: August 15, 2019
We are in the midst of planning our annual August Institute. Here is what we can tell you so far:
It will be free
You will be immersed in art-making
It will be an amalgamation of amazing artists, teachers and students.
Arts Opportunities for Students
Seattle Theatre Group’s (STG) Songwriters Lab
STG's Songwriters Lab is open to students ages 14-19, all levels of songwriting experience & genres/styles of music welcome. The program takes place July 15-20 at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. Sign up by July 8th. For more information, please go to:
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 Provides an overview of The Creative Advantage and the value of arts education.

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 (for questions about the Arts Partner Roster and working with teaching artists and arts organizations) 

Lara Davis - Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Arts Education Manager

Gail Sehlhorst -SPS Visual and Performing Arts Manager (for questions about arts staffing, curriculum and assessment, and supports for arts teachers)

Pam Ivezic - SPS Instructional Music Coach (for questions about supports for music teachers and programs)