The Arts News & Opportunities - NOVEMBER 2019

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The Arts News & Opportunities - NOVEMBER 2019

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2008 Cunning-September Fire

Driving from Olympia to Toppenish in late October to attend the Cultural Congress, I was consumed by the natural beauty of our state. In particular, the fall foliage this year is breathtaking - rich with hues of yellow, gold, orange and red. It’s nature’s last hurrah before the darkness of winter engulfs us.  The natural world offers such amazing inspiration for creating art!

As we all work to develop artistry in our students, we need to remember to make the time to nurture the artist in ourselves as well. In doing this, we are better able to communicate the values and lessons we find in art to others. It makes us better teachers and leaders.

I continue to meet and listen to stakeholders about the arts in education. Please reach out if you’d like to have a conversation.

Thank you for all that you do in service the of arts in education. 

Janet Hayakawa, Program Supervisor
The Arts - Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Office: (360) 725-4966

Cell/Text: (360) 764-6157

Image by: Chrissa Cunning, 2008, Wenatchee High School, "September Fire"


Anne Banks

Congratulations to Anne Banks!  Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards – November 19

OSPI’s former Arts Program Supervisor, is being recognized for her contribution to the arts in Washington as a 2019 honoree of the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards. The awards ceremony is at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia. See here for information about the ceremony and reception.



Poetry Out Loud – Registration Deadline is November 8

This exciting program engages high school students with the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater. Students will develop their public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and explore their literary heritage. See here for eligibility, classroom materials, and prizes.  There is no cost to participate. The Washington State program is produced by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA).

Staffing Enrichment Survey – Public input closes November 12, 2019

OSPI seeks the public’s input before making recommendations to the Legislature regarding the staffing enrichments to the program of basic education (which includes the arts). This is an opportunity to voice your ideas.  The survey is available in English and Spanish.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Planning Grant  

This competitive grant opportunity supports the development/adaptation of instructional materials. Public schools, districts, tribal schools, or Educational Service Districts are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,500 (partnerships between multiple educational partners are allowed).  Proposal deadline is December 5, 2019.  An informational webinar will be held on November 14, from 3:00-4:00 pm.  Register here.

Measuring Students’ Social and Emotional Learning -  New Report & Webinar

The Northeast & Islands Regional Educational Laboratory has just released a new report reviewing valid and reliable instruments for measuring three social and emotional skills: collaboration, perseverance and self-regulated learning.  A related webinar is scheduled for November 20, 2:00-3:00 pm ET.  An agenda and registration information can be found here.