| September 2018
In a Creative Advantage School...

Chief Sealth Students Elevate Their Voices Through Documentary Film Festival
La st spring, tenth-grade students at Chief Sealth International High School held their first grade-wide student film festival. Student filmmakers worked with Chief Sealth staff, mentor teaching artists from Arts Corps, Writers in the Schools and the Seattle International Film Festival, to write, film, produce and direct short documentary films. Topics were wide-ranging, covering such themes as food justice, school lock-downs and housing insecurity. There were additional opportunities to engage with the filmmakers in Q and A panels during the festival. Students discussed the creative process, their excitement about covering issues they were passionate about and how they overcame challenges in the production process. After the success of their first festival, the tenth-grade filmmakers are looking forward to an additional festival next school year. Check out the films by clicking on the photo to the left.
Arts Team Next Steps: Decide on an Arts Team Coordinator
To keep your arts plan implementation moving, we suggest that each school leader and arts team selects an Arts Team Coordinator to schedule and facilitate team meetings and to coordinate arts partnerships within the school.  In the first year, The Creative Advantage provides a stipend to the coordinator of $500. A detailed job description for the position can be found on the SPS Creative Advantage website here . A copy is also attached to this email.  Action request: School Leaders: please send Audrey Querns the name of your Arts Team Coordinator once they are selected - ideally by Friday, Sept 28th, so that we can schedule a an orientation. You can also elect to split the job and the stipend between two team members.
National Arts Education Week

Share your story in the social media campaign, #BecauseOfArtsEd , to bring national visibility to the issue of arts education.

Download the Social Media How To Guide . Also, be sure to attend and invite friends to the Facebook Event .

This week is Arts Education Week 

National Arts in Education Week is supported by Americans for the Arts on behalf of the field of arts education to bring visibility to the cause, unify stakeholders with a shared message, and provide the tools and resources for local leaders to advance arts education in their communities. All week, SPS and The Creative Advantage will be posting stories about the arts at SPS on FaceBook and Twitter. Share your stories: To ENSURE we see your post, tag Seattle Public Schools (@Seapubschools) and Creative Advantage (@SeattleArtsEd).
Teacher Arts Opportunities
Arts Infused Summer Conference - Launching into Engagement: Project-based Learning and the Arts
Oct 12-13, 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm
This is a repeat of the summer conference which sold out.
PSESD Conference Center, Renton

Seattle International Film Festival

Classroom opportunity
Schools who may have interest in participating or questions may contact and connect with Dustin Kaspar, SIFF's Educational Programs Manager.
Seattle International Film Festival ( SIFF) has received a grant to collaborate with 3rd-5th grade teachers to expand science education within the Media Arts Standards (using creative animation, live-action, and documentary media making). Funding includes support for regular engagement with a media teaching artist in all classes participating, cooperating teacher stipends, curriculum building/documentation, and professional development workshop in Summer 2019 for other interested teachers. 1st semester will be collaborative design and most implemented curriculum will be in 2nd semester.

Student Arts Opportunities
Mayor's Youth Economic Opportunity Public Ideation Workshop
Mayor Durkan’s administration wants to find ways to connect youth with good jobs by creating a citywide strategy for youth, economic opportunity, and the future of work. We recently completed a nearly three-month research phase.
We are now hosting several public events in mid-September to share the stories we heard and for you to contribute your ideas on ways that the City of Seattle can better serve our young people. These events will be interactive and fun! If you are a young person or have a young person in your life that you care about – we want to hear from you!
Join us to:
  • Share your career journey
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding about youth and young adult experiences
  • Learn about and use human-centered design to move from insights to opportunities
Let’s harness our collective wisdom to facilitate creative breakthroughs that will result in a set of ideas that will make a difference for Seattle’s residents.
No previous design or innovation experience is required. All you need is an optimistic mindset.
These are drop-in events. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes with us. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP below.

Tuesday, September 11th
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
As you implement your school arts plans, here are a few websites and people you can look to for help:

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

  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.

Here you can find resources for The Creative Advantage arts teams as well as resources related to the Naramore student art show, summer music, and for teachers, arts curriculum maps and cornerstone assessments.

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)
Lara Davis -Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Arts Education Manager and Tina LaPadula - Arts Education Project 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