December 2019 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes | December 2019 


This update is due to the fact that we dropped the ball.  We apologize that we missed Allen Elementary on the list of schools who made ornaments for the Governor’s Mansion.  They’re now at the top of the list!  Again, our apologies!


Prisma Colors and Acrylics

In the past month, two colleagues shared personal stories of how the arts were a coping device that got them through very difficult times in their youth. They both said that art saved their lives. This underscores that when students participate in the arts, they are learning far more than just the art form itself. Students are also developing social and emotional competencies.

It’s no wonder that current research links arts education to improving academic outcomes, lowering dropout rates (particularly for at-risk students) and better graduation rates (regardless of a student’s socio-economic status).  In fact, the arts seem to help the most with students who have the least access.  Let’s share this information with our colleagues, broaden the reach of arts education, and save more lives!

Thank you for all that you do in service of the 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


Art by: D. Jones "Benjamin" (Recipient of State Board of Education Award of 2019 Art Show) 


Ornament Tree

Deck the Halls of the Governor’s Mansion!

Students from across Washington were selected to create ornaments for the holiday tree at the Governor’s Mansion.  The theme of this year’s ornaments is “state symbols”. The mansion receives a high number of visitors during the holiday season and since 2013, artwork from K-12 students has been part of the festivities.  Congratulations to students and teachers from the following schools who participated this year:

Allen Elementary, Burlington
Bethel Early Learning Center, Bethel   
Hamilton International Middle School, Seattle Southwood Elementary, Enumclaw
Enumclaw High School, Enumclaw
Columbia Valley Gardens, Longview
Grandview High School, Grandview
East Valley Middle School, Spokane  
Meridian Parent Partnership Program, Bellingham Hedden Elementary, Fife
Southworth Elementary, Yelm
Columbia River Gorge Elementary, Washougal

Click the links to see an ornament the school provided. 


Pictured: Student ornaments on tree in Governor's Mansion.

There’s Something About Seattle – 2019 Creative Economy Report

Seattle’s Office of Film & Music, Office of Economic Development and Office of Arts & Culture has just published a report that: defines the creative economy, quantifies the creative economy and inspires action.  The report recognizes that building a creative workforce is critical to future success of the City.