Seattle Public Schools Arts Newsletter   | June, 2020
This issue includes:

  • Seattle Children's March (6/13)
  • Arts At Home Videos from SPS and CA
  • Arts Community Convening (6/27)
  • Student Internships in Creative Industries
  • Funding Opportunities
Youth are at the forefront of Seattle's response to ongoing racial injustice across our country.

Inspired by The Birmingham Children’s Crusade march of 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama, Seattle’s youth wanted a platform more significant than a trend. A venue to demand an end to police brutality, anti-blackness, and systemic racism in this country.

Sat. June 13th, from 1pm-4pm at Garfield High School to Bailey Gatzert Elementary with education stops along the way.

Please learn more here.
Gratitude for Our Visual and Performing Arts Teachers
A huge shout out to all the Visual and Performing Arts teachers that have stepped up to make the videos on SPS TV, lessons that have gone into the district packets, and the development of re-entry guidelines for the arts. We have relied on you during this pandemic to ensure students in Seattle Public Schools have continued access to arts education.

And another shout-out to every Visual and Performing Arts teachers that has maintained the arts at their schools – you have developed videos, lessons, collaborated with teachers and families to make art happen.

The arts are essential. National organizations have come together make it clear the arts have a role, especially now. See the statement here .

-Gail Sehlhorst, SPS Visual and Performing Arts Manager
You can find the videos created by both SPS Visual and Performing Arts teachers and Creative Advantage teaching artists catalogued on the SPS Arts At Home web pages.

More videos are being added daily.

Please share these with students and families who are looking for creative activities to do this summer.
Creative Advantage Online Videos
CA Online Arts is a swift pivot in response to COVID 19 with goals to support students and families during school closures as well as to support teaching artists who had been contracted to lead school day residencies.

Arts learning video series created by The Creative Advantage, in collaboration with Teaching Artists, Seattle Public Schools, and production partners NFFTY / The Talented Youth , NW Film Forum , and Reel Grrls Pro .
This project is a massive collective effort, uniquely centering the work of:

CAOA represents a vast array of arts learning videos for arts students of all ages. We invited Teaching Artists to create videos sharing what they are passionate about. They offer up their diverse teaching styles and perspectives in a range of artistic disciplines and content areas. In this collection you’ll find lessons that focus on a variety of arts skills and techniques as well as ways to practice 21st Century Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creative + Critical Thinking, Growth Mindset + Perseverance) in art making. You’ll find a variety of “class” types. Some lessons utilize traditional call and response, some are full lecture style tutorials or “master classes” style and others are short creative challenges meant to peak students’ interests and inspire creativity.
Students and teachers are encouraged to dive in to your favorite topic areas. Look for Teaching Artists you know and discover new artistic role models. Watch one video or an entire series grouped thematically around a big idea.
Breathe. Reflect. Try something new. Hone your skills.
And, keep making art.
Creative Advantage to Host A Time for Change: An Arts Ed Community Convening
Thursday June 25, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

As we end one school year impacted by Covid-19, sudden school closures, and revolutionary protests...The Creative Advantage invites all our creative partners to come together for a community conversation. This event is open to all but please register in advance to receive the zoom meeting link -
Creative and Cultural Workforce Development Internships
Northwest Folklife in collaboration with the Office of Economic Development and the Office of Arts and Culture developed a pilot program, which provides paid internships for Seattle’s young creatives. These internships range between 12-24 weeks long, and give our youth hands on training in creative fields. Youth work 12-14 hours weekly at their internship sites, and 1-2 hours with Northwest Folklife.

The Program serves youth 16-25 from a variety of Seattle communities. The program takes a collaborative; community informed approach to provide opportunities to sharpen skills and competencies in culturally and creatively focused occupations. The program aims to develop creative capital, give hands on experience, foster networks and shape the emerging network economy. We center artists, and we are excited to build capacity for creatives in our communities and provide successful internship experiences for youth and young adults.” Please note right now all duties will be done remote. However once stay at home order is lifted, interns will be advised by host site.

Deadline is June 16th. Learn more and apply here .
Funding Opportunities
Creative Advantage Arts Sustainability Funds
This year, we launched the Arts Sustainability Funds - a non-competitive fund to help schools to sustain the student benefits that come from long-lasting arts partnerships beyond their initial 3 years of the Creative Advantage arts planning.  In this inaugural year, 20 schools received a total of $85,000 to funds 23 unique arts residencies.

For next school year, there is no application deadline. Instead, applications will be considered on a monthly-basis. Schools and partners can learn more and apply here.
For Arts Partners:

FEPP Levy K-12 Opportunity and Access Investment

To be considered for funding, eligible applicants are invited to submit applications by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020.

For pre-schools:

Early Learning Arts Integration grant

Deadline Sept 18

The Creative Start Regional Grant Program seeks to close the opportunity gap by supporting and expanding regional and multi-regional arts integration efforts. The grant supports professional learning opportunities in arts integration for educators serving students in preschool through 3rd grade. Grants up to $25,000 must include at least three school sites in one ArtsWA defined region. Grants up to $35,000 must include two ArtsWA defined regions. For more information and to apply, click here.
As you work to expand the arts in your school community, 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 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, and supports for arts teachers)

Ashraf Hasham -Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Youth Arts Manager

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

Masao Yamada - Regional Arts Festival Event Manager (for questions about participating in the 2019-20 Southwest, Southeast or Central Regional Arts Festivals this Winter)