The Arts News & Notes **Special Edition**

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The Arts News & Notes | Special Edition


Janet H.

From OSPI’s new Program Supervisor for the Arts

Having been born and raised in Washington, I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of this state – especially students, teachers and artists. I hope that my experience as a classroom teacher, a teaching artist, and a professional artist benefit the role of program supervisor of the Arts at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

As I begin this work, I’d love to hear from you – about your successes and challenges, hopes and dreams for the arts in Washington State schools. I agree with Anne Banks, the outgoing program supervisor who noted that, “it takes a village.” Together we will endeavor to take the arts to new and greater heights!

In appreciation for all that you do for the arts in education,

Janet Hayakawa

Office: 360-725-4966

The 47th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show

This event is co-hosted by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA). High school students from all nine of the state's educational service districts (ESDs) participate in this artistic celebration each year.

If you are a high school art teacher, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase student artwork. For more information, to see past winning artwork, and a calendar of arts conferences for 2019-20:


Reminder: Class of 2020 Needs Two Arts Credits

As a reminder, the arts graduation requirement for the Class of 2020 is two (2) credits. For more information about this requirement, other graduation requirements please go to:


Holiday Tree

Create Ornaments for the Governor’s Mansion 

Washington teachers are invited to have their K-12 students make ornaments to decorate the holiday tree at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. This year's theme: State Symbols

Instructions and guidelines for this project can be found here.

Interested teachers must complete an application by October 9, 2019. Selected classes will be notified by October 14, 2019. Finished ornaments need to arrive at OSPI by November 13, 2019. Questions?


Rightfully Yours, Art Competition for Grades 4, 5, 6

What does the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote mean to you and your community? The National Archives Foundation is asking students to create two-dimensional artworks inspired by women’s suffrage. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to the National Archives in Spring 2020. Deadline: November 5, 2019. For submission guidelines:

Celebrate the West

Celebrate the West, art competition for high school students

The Western Governors’ Foundation announces its 5th annual regional art competition. High school students are invited to create two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state. There is no cost to enter. Deadline: April 30, 2020. For submission guidelines, a listing of prizes and exhibition opportunities: