March 2020 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes | March 2020

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O. Ramirez

Creativity is a fundamentally human resource that is essential to innovation and problem solving. It engages us to think in new ways. It is the engine that drives progress. It is no wonder that it is one of the most highly coveted skills that employers look for when hiring!

Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner says in her book, Creativity: The Flowering Tornado, “Creativity is equal parts of thought and action. Like a battery, creativity recharges itself and grows stronger with use. When it’s used often, creativity becomes a force that can’t be stopped from blossoming.” 

The arts nurture the development of creativity. Classrooms that teach the arts are in full bloom imagining the possibilities . . .

For more ideas:

How to Be Creative: 6 Secrets Backed By Research by Eric Barker

How to Raise Creative Children: a video featuring Adam Grant, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

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: O. Ramirez  "A Subtle Reverie" (Recipient of OSPI Superintendent's Choice Award of 2009 Art Show) 


2018‒19 Instruction & Assessment Reporting: The Arts, Educational Technology, Health & Physical Education, & Social Studies

School districts are required to report annually on instruction and assessment information to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Thank you to the districts who have completed their reports! OSPI Bulletin No. 008-20 outlines the reporting requirements for 2019-20, due by June 30, 2020.  To view bulletin, click here.


The 47th Annual Regional School Art Shows

For the past few months, high school students from all nine WA State Educational Service Districts (ESDs) have been submitting their artwork for the 47th annual regional art shows. These young visual artists will have their amazing artwork displayed in recognition and awards ceremonies given by their ESD’s. Contact the ESD for more information. 

Finalists from these regional art shows will send their artwork to the Superintendent’s High School Art Show, where several exemplary pieces will be recognized.  To see winners from previous years, click here.

Art by: T. Miller  "Soup" (Recipient of WAEA Award 2009 Art Show) 

Future Voters

Civics and Film: Join the Future Voters Project and Get a Free Film Kit

The Future Voters Project is on a mission to register all eligible students by the time they graduate high school. To join this cause, click here, and learn more about the resources available to start registering future voters as well as finding grants to support your voter registration projects. A film kit which includes a viewer’s guide and DVD of the popular documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot is free of charge.

The Future Voters Project is a program within Teaching Tolerance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social justice and anti-bias education in the teaching community through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.


21st Century Revival of West Side Story integrates Media

Classic 1957 musical, West Side Story meets the 21st Century. Watch this "60 Minutes" story on how this amazing Broadway production combines new and contemporary dance numbers with a modern media twist to reimagine an unforgettable classic and captivate a new generation of audiences.

To watch the video and learn more, click here


U.S. Media Literacy Policy Report 2020

Media Literacy education provides students with the ability to use critical thinking skills to approach media platforms that would otherwise contribute to public health issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, risky sexual behavior, and other problems. Due to this, media literacy education is a rapidly growing need in K-12 schools nationwide.

In early January 2020, Media Literacy Now released the findings of the U.S. Media Literacy Policy Report 2020, the first state-by-state status report for media literacy education laws in K-12 schools.

WA State is noted to be a progressing leader in the field. 

To view these findings and learn more about this critical policy, click on the links above.


Digital Art Meets Virtual Reality

Anna Zhilyaeva, is a virtual reality (VR) artist who uses high-tech tools to create her masterpieces. To view her story and learn more about this new and amazing contemporary artform, click here.

Music has a Positive Impact on Growth and Development

This New England Board of Higher Education article posted in 2018, lists six benefits of music education and how it can directly and positively improve a child’s preparation for future endeavors. To read this story and learn more about the six benefits of music education, click here.

What to do with Idea

Stories that Inspire: What Do You Do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada

An idea can be big, it can be small, or it can be rough around the edges. It can look like anything you imagine it to be but once it's alive, what do you do with it? Kobi Yamada takes readers of all ages on an adventure to discover the inspirational power of how one single idea can become something amazing.

Published in 2014, this book is a gold medal winner of the Independent Publishers Award, the Washington State Book Award, and the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. It is a National best seller, appearing in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.