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The Arts News & Notes | May 2020

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Welcome to Arts Education Month in Washington! Even though schools are closed, we can still find ways to come together to celebrate the arts. There are many ideas for how to do this in this edition of The Arts News & Notes.  This includes the 47th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show which is going virtual. All of the review and scoring of artwork has been done online and we invite you to watch the awards ceremony – livestreamed on May 28 @ 3pm – where 19 statewide awards will be announced. This year, the program will also showcase the performing arts.

Get a sneak peek at this year’s art show by clicking here.  Keep reading to see how you can participate in this year’s art show!

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: S. Hong "Fishbones" (Winner of 2019 High School Art Show) 



47th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show Live-stream May 28, 3 pm

Tune in to see this year’s award winners and a special showcase of the performing arts.


Art by: S. Sexton "Greys" (Participant in 47th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show) 


Ekphrastic: Write a Poem Inspired by Art

Take a look at all of the regional winners that are a part of the Superintendent’s High School Art Show.  Use this slide show for background information about ekphrastic poetry. Write an ekphrastic of 10 lines or less and submit here by May 18, 2020.  Selected poems will be shared on the Art Show livestreamed program on May 28th.

Image from slide show by Sandra Myles from Pixabay

Congratulations to Students and Teachers!

Many annual arts events had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Students and teachers have been preparing all year for these events, and we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and artistic excellence even though they weren’t able to exhibit their skills this spring.  These exhibits and performances were going to happen in classrooms, schools, districts and at the state level. Despite these cancellations we encourage ongoing engagement with the arts. 

In particular, we’d like to celebrate the many who qualified, but were not able to participate in these events:


2020 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Solo and Ensemble Contest

Around the state of Washington there were 4,881 student entries with state eligible solos, 14,826 students in 2,945 state eligible ensembles compete in regional solo and ensemble contests to qualify for the State Solo and Ensemble Contest which was canceled because of COVID19.


2020 Regional Art Shows

All nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) hold a regional high school art show featuring two- and three-dimensional art in the spring.  Each year, these art shows exhibit around 2,000 pieces of student art from across the state.  Selected regional finalists send their artwork to the state level for the Superintendent’s Art Show.  This year, there are 113 artworks in the state art show. Tune in on May 28 @ 3 pm to see this year’s award winners!


Art by: S. Pacheco "Stream" (Participant in 47th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show) 

5@5 Make Music Out Loud!

Join Roosevelt High School (Seattle) performing art students and make Music Out Loud from 5:00-5:05 pm every evening for five days, May 4-8. During that time, students will open their doors and windows, or stand in driveways or on balconies and make music for all to hear. The goal is to let the community know that students are still busily and happily making music. Postings on social media will help others know that arts programs alive and well.   

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.



Online Resources for Learning & Teaching

Get creative and take the Getty Challenge! Find great art that you like then recreate it using items you have at home, take a photo and post it.

In the film, America’s Musical Journey (40 minutes), Aloe Blacc traces the roots of American music  by exploring cities where jazz, the blues, country, soul and rock and roll  were born.  See the website and the K-8 educator guide for more information.

Coley Veitenhans teaches leadership in the Federal Way School District. He shares social emotional learning that doesn’t require technology in The Real Test: 8 Essential Questions We Should Be Asking. 

Get creative and take the Getty Challenge! Find great art that you like then recreate it using items you have at home, take a photo and post it.

Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention  In this white paper, The Trevor Project outlines the issues and provides 24/7 support.

Visit the Museum of Glass online and get hands-on with fun, family-friendly projects you can do at home.

Supporting LGBTQ Students During Social Distancing  Experts at The Trevor Project offered their recommendations to Teaching Tolerance for ways educators can support LGBTQ students through coronavirus school closures.

The Public Theatre in New York City operates on the principle that theatre is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. See plays, conversations with artists, and take the Brave New Shakespeare Challenge.


Image from Getty Challenge: Laughing Fool, ca. 1500, attributed to Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen. Oil on panel, 13 7/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. Image: Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Recreation via Facebook DM by Tiffanie Pierini Ho with giraffe onesie, Christmas sweater, and post-it

the whole child

WA State ASCD's Awards – Nominations due May 10th

Consider nominating a school for the Whole Child Award and someone amazing for the Young Educator Award.

2020 Whole Child Award (recognizes a school) Nomination Form

2020 Outstanding Young Educator Award (recognizes an educator) Nomination Form




Seeking Teaching Artists to Create Mini Lessons – deadline May 15

ArtsWA is accepting applications from teaching and working artists to produce short mini-lessons and corresponding video tutorials to support mindfulness, fun, and relief for early learners (ages 3-8) and their caregivers through COVID-19 related stress and beyond. Selected artists will receive $500 per mini-lesson and video, with a maximum of three lessons and videos ($1,500). Click here for more information and to apply.


National Student Songwriters Competition –

Due 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.


ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grants – Deadline May 31

ArtsWA is providing rapid-response funding to non-profit and fiscally sponsored arts groups and organizations that are facing financial hardship due to economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, in the form of grants, is provided by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Art.  Click here for application information.

Early Lrg

Early Learning Arts Integration Grant - Deadline June 5

The Creative Start Regional Grant Program seeks to close the opportunity gap by supporting and expanding regional and multi-regional arts integration efforts. The grant supports professional learning opportunities in arts integration for educators serving students in preschool through 3rd grade.  Grants up to $25,000 must include at least three school sites in one ArtsWA defined region. Grants up to $35,000 must include two ArtsWA defined regions. For more information and to apply, click here.


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.

Image: Society for Photographic Education, Off the Web, On the Wall 3

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