April 2020 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes | April 2020

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Poet and author Maya Angelou encouraged looking for the rainbows in the clouds. In Chinese, “crisis” is written by combining two characters – one meaning “danger” and the other meaning “opportunity.” Let’s remember this wisdom and find the unexpected bright spots as we navigate our way through COVID-19, school closures and teaching and learning in a new way at home. In the past week, I’ve been inspired by arts educators in our state rising to this occasion- a music teacher teaching the recorder to elementary students via his laptop, district level coordinators producing instructional videos with arts educators and teaching artists and, teachers creating music videos with messages of hope and encouragement for students and families. I am sure that there are many more stories. The human spirit is absolutely amazing!

Read this article about how now is an excellent time to integrate social emotional learning with the arts (music in particular).

Optimism Through the COVID-19 Disruption: Utilizing Social Emotional Learning for Reflection and Growth by Scott N. Edgar, Andrew E. Morrison and Bob Morrison

We all can make a difference. 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


Image from the 2016 Olympic ESD 114 Regional High School Art Show


Supporting Others in the Time of COVID19

Guidance from The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) about Continuous Learning during school closures.

American School Counselor Association's guidelines, position statement, and webinar related to providing virtual school counseling support services.

National Institute on Mental Health’s child and teen coping strategies for reducing stress related to traumatic events.

Guidelines developed by the National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk with students about COVID-19.

Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network shared their recommendations for educators. Compiled by Teaching Tolerance. Read the article here.

At home learning

Public Television to Broadcast Educational Programs Across WA

A partnership between OSPI and public television stations will bring educational programming for students in grades 6 – 12 from 9:00am – 2:00pm daily.  These educational television programs (like NOVA and The American Experience) have curriculum and discussion guides available for students, teachers, and families.

To see the programming in your area, link to the WORLD Channel “At-Home Learning” page. At the bottom of the page you’ll see links to the schedule and to the resources for teachers, students, and families.  (To make sure you’re accessing the correct local information, you can set your local station by entering your zip code at the top of the World channel site.)

For more information, please contact Cathryn Burby at cburby@kcts9.org

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Congratulations to Jordan Mattox, WA State’s Poetry Out Loud Champion

Jordan Mattox, a junior at Mead High School in Spokane, is the 2020 Poetry Out Loud (POL) Washington State Champion. She was among 12 high school students who competed at the State Final held March 7 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. POL is a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) coordinates the program  in our state.  Watch Jordan recite Art vs. Trade by James Weldon Johnson.


Teachers as Artists Exhibition 2020

The Washington Art Education Association in partnership with the Maryhill Museum of Art, and the Tacoma Art Museum announces this annual juried exhibition featuring artworks from art educators from around the state. The theme of this year's exhibition is Women of Influence. Artists reflected this theme through artworks made in any media or style. See the online exhibit here.

Best in Show:  Grandmothers I, Tamara Hoodenpyl
1st place:   Pear on Cracked Plate, Dana Squires
2nd place:  Points of Light, Cynthia Ellice Noyd
3rd place:  Cup Series, Inspiring Women, Mary Rowland

Juror's Award for "Wonderful Whimsicality": 
Unwinding Thoughts, Melanie Artz
Isabella and the Mermaid, Mary Mann

Image by Jenny Davidson Brammer

2019‒20 Reporting Requirements: The Arts, Educational Technology, Health & Physical Education, & Social Studies - SUSPENDED

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is suspending the verification reports required for the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Studies (RCW 28A.230.095), and for Educational Technology (RCW 28A.655.075) for the 2019-20 school year.



Resources for Learning & Teaching Online

All Arts: A new arts and culture hub streaming digital shorts to feature films works. Selections are organized by genre: dance, film, music, theater, visual, word.

Arts Corps’: Teaching artists offer online lessons, step-by-step instruction, and simple activities that you can do remotely. A Washington based organization, Arts Corps is a nationally recognized youth arts education organization that works to address the race and income-based opportunity gap in access to arts education.

10 Art Activities You Can Do from Home Right Now Guide by teaching artist Sabrina Chacon-Barajas

Fun & Easy Abecedarian Poem Exercise Worksheet by teaching artist Meredith Arena

Arts Instructional Resources: The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) is compiling a data base of instructional resources for the arts. It is organized by the arts disciplines (dance, media, music, theatre, and visual arts) and reviewed by arts educators. To access or to contribute a resource, click here.

Being Culturally Responsive: Reflections from a teacher about what she’s trying with her fifth grade students.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act: Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education for K-12 and Higher Education.

Goodnight with Dolly: A 10-week special series featuring Dolly Parton reading bedtime stories starting April 2. Activity sheets and reading tips for parents are also available.

Online Writing Lessons: Youth Speaks is offering online writing lessons for teens, 13-19 years old on Wednesdays (3:30-5:30pm PST) and Fridays (11:30-1:30pm PST). Register here. Youth Speaks is a national organization that integrates the arts with youth development and civic engagement practices.

Arts Connect

Arts Equity 2020 Conference Goes Virtual

Arts Equity 2020: Creative Culture Shifts is a summit for arts and culture leaders committed to building equity, access and inclusion in their fields through transformational leadership development. Organized by Arts Connect International, emerging artist leaders of color and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the arts and culture sector, the summit was originally scheduled as an in-person event but will now be conducted online on April 24-26 to prioritize participants’ health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Registration details, as well as updates about Virtual #AES2020, are available at the summit website.


Submissions Open for National Dance Awards

The National Dance Education Organization is now accepting nominations for its annual dance awards to recognize the achievements of its outstanding members. Eligible members can be nominated in four categories, and all award recipients will receive a complimentary registration to attend the NDEO Annual National Conference held on Oct. 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. Nomination submissions are due on April 17!

Celebrate the West High School Art Competition – Deadline April 30

This regional art competition, hosted by the Western Governors’ Association, challenges high school students to create two dimensional artworks inspired by their state. Winners receive cash prizes and the opportunity to exhibit their work. For rules and entry information, click here.


International Arts Education Summit Extends CFP Deadline

The World Alliance for Arts Education, in partnership with the University of Florida and SEADAE, is extending the call for proposals for their World Summit, which will be held Oct. 26-29 in Gainesville, Florida. Out-of-school time arts educators; primary and secondary school arts educators; higher education professionals; arts education researchers and policymakers; and national, state and local education officials from across the world are invited to submit proposals for the summit. New proposal deadline: May 1. 


National Student Songwriters Competition – Deadline May 15

The National Association for Music Education recently announced its 2020 Student Songwriters Competition. Open to K-12 students, songwriters — sponsored by National Association for Music Education (NAfME) member teachers — may submit original student songs for featured performance at the 2020 NAfME’s National Conference held later this year. Judges will select up to 10 winning composers, as well as honorable mentions, who will receive cash prizes.


Nominations Open for Photography Education Awards

The Society for Photographic Education, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting an understanding of photography in all its forms and related media, is now accepting nominations for its 2020 Honored Educator Award. Eligible nominees must be full-career educators who have made a significant contribution to the field of photographic education. The award will be presented at the SPE Annual Conference held next year in Denver, Colorado. Nomination deadline: July 1.

Grants for Arts Projects – Application Deadlines: July 9, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. For more information, click here

Just for Fun!

Radiant Ripples

From the Superintendent’s High School

Art Show Collection

           Take a good look at this image.

           What do you see?

           What does it make you think about?

           What does it make you wonder?

           List five words that come to mind. 


Art by R. Lucas, 2011