May 2022 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes |May 2022

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Celebrate Arts Education!          

Governor Inslee has declared May as Arts Education Month in the state of Washington. Research validates that participation in the arts builds minds and bodies, develops social and emotional learning skills, engages students, keeps them in school and much more. As we work towards providing access for all students to arts learning, let’s take the time to celebrate the good work of so many that support arts education in our state.  Please consider joining one or more to move arts education forward in Washington.

Arts for All

ArtsEd Washington


Dance Educators Association of Washington

Inspire Washington

Washington Art Education Association

Washington Music Educators Association

Washington State Thespians

Remember to tune in to this year’s Superintendent’s High School Art Show on May 26th (see below). Get inspired by the amazing art made by Washington students!

With gratitude,

Janet Hayakawa, Associate Director 
The Arts - Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Cell/Text: 360-764-6157

Art – “The Perfect Symphony” by Angela Bai, Superintendent’s High School Art Show, 2021.



Statewide Arts Award Ceremony

May 26, 3:00-4:30 pm

Join in a celebration of the arts!  Superintendent Chris Reykdal and Chief of Staff Tennille Jeffries-Simmons host a 90-minute virtual awards program that is sure to inspire.  Statewide awards will recognize excellence in the high school visual arts, along with a showcase of the performing arts. The program will be available on our YouTube channel on the day of the event. Subscribe to get updates about the Art Show!

Art – “Parallels” by Taylor Yingshi, Superintendent’s High School Art Show 2021.


Comparison of State Policies on Arts Education

The Education Commission of the States and the Arts Education Partnership have released the 2022 edition of the Artscan at a Glance that highlights state arts education policies.  This year, a new comparison tool allows you to filter and compare states by region, with similar demographics or by specific policy issues.

Mental Health Awareness:  Benefits of Hope    

During May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, take the time to explore the benefits of hope.  Did you know that hope levels are positively correlated with overall wellbeing and mental health indicators like anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation?  Use the validated Hope Scales (for children, for adults) to help understand your own and our students’ levels of hope. Learn more about how hope-centered education improves student outcomes.

Photo – “Hope” by S. Holliday, Superintendent’s High School Art Show 2016.


Resources for Teaching and Learning


Learn from Music Industry Professionals  

Inspired by the film, Respect, and the life of iconic artist and activist, Aretha Franklin, this resource of videos and discussion guides is designed for use in high school classrooms. Featuring celebrated performers, composers, and music industry professionals, the producers hope to inspire the next generation of artists and leaders.


Discover Dance!

Watch these culminating performances of elementary students working with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s teaching artists and their Discover Dance program.  Currently in its 25th year, Discover Dance provides students with the opportunity to learn dance concepts and skills, communicate ideas through dance, collaborate as a classroom, and create original choreography. Discover Dance is inclusive and strives to celebrate, affirm, and amplify the creativity and possibilities in every student.


Restorative, Resilient and Therapeutic    

Dr. AnnRené Joseph, educator/artist/former OSPI arts administrator explores how artistic actions can be restorative and contribute to one’s health and well-being.  Read her blog here.

Photo – Courtesy of Dr. AnnRené Joseph


Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Artists 

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Find resources including lesson plans, biographies, interviews and more from the following organizations:

Asian Art Museum (San Francisco)

Denver Art Museum

Minneapolis Institute of Art

PBS Learning Media

Wing Luke Museum

Mural – “Pattern Recognition” by Jenifer K. Wofford, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco)


Resources for Movement and Dance 

Take a look at the recently curated collection of online lesson plans for dance on the Washington Open Educational Resources (OER).  Registration is required however all resources are free.


Intersections of Climate Change and Art

This collection of five short films show how artists are exploring the issue of climate and the environment through their art.  These selections feature theatre, painting, sculpture, woodworking and photography.  See the episodes here.


Naramore Art Show 2022 

The Naramore Art Show celebrates over 200 artworks by Seattle Public Schools’ middle and high school students.  This art show is a partnership with the Seattle Art Museum and this year, due to COVID-19 is virtual.  See the 2022 Naramore Art Show here.

Art—by Hannah Sheffer, Naramore 2021

Free Coloring Books Designed by Seattle Artists

Coloring books featuring the artwork of Seattle artists are free to teachers across the state. ArtsEd Washington will ship quantities of books free of charge. Suggested for middle and high school students. Request coloring books here.  See samples of the artwork here. Supplies are limited so order soon!




Free Workshop Series – Registration opens May 6

Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) presents its Agent for Change workshop series, in partnership with Amazon Photos. Free workshops and public lectures explore photography as a tool for advancement in areas of social justice, racial equity, disability, environmental justice, visual literacy, storytelling, and cross cultural communications. Register here.


Grant Opportunity: Bidder’s Conference—May 6, 9 am-12 pm

21st Century Community Learning Center grants support out of school time academic enrichment. Acceptable programs and activities include youth development, arts, music and wellness.  Awards are up to five years, not less than $100,000 and will not exceed $500,000. Click here for more information.


Student Podcast Contest: Deadline – May 18 

The New York Times Learning Network is sponsoring its fifth podcast contest for middle and high school students (ages 11 – 19).  Students are invited to submit original podcasts of five minutes or less. For more information and how to submit, click here.


Connect & Conversation – May 19, 4:30-6:00 pm

Join Connect: A TAT Lab Conversation, a virtual event that provides space for teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, and youth arts providers across Washington State. Tamar Krames (Arts in Education Program Manager at ArtsWA / Washington State Arts Commission), and Ann Marie Caldwell (Community Education Programs Manager at Pacific Northwest Ballet) will facilitate a casual gathering designed to spark conversation, get creative, and share strategies with peers. No previous TAT Lab experience required. Sliding scale pricing from $0-$40. One free Clock Hour available. Register here.


OER Webinar – May 25, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free to use, adapt, and share. Discover the 2021–2022 OER Project grantee resources available for sharing and adaptation on the Washington OER Hub.

Resource content areas include: coding for kids, health and fitness, integrated content, social emotional learning, social studies, and world languages. Register on pdEnroller for 1 clock hour.


WA Youth Arts Leadership – Deadline May 31 

The Washington Youth Arts Leadership (WAYAL) Program is a yearly cohort of young adults (ages 16-19) from across Washington State. WAYAL leaders work with the Arts in Education (AIE) team at ArtsWA to communicate the important role of arts education in their communities. Young artists in the program explore arts and arts administration careers with mentors in the field.  Click here to apply.  Stipends available.  See this video to learn more.


Doug Risner Prize – Deadline June 1  

The Doug Risner Prize recognizes excellence in dance education research and emerging scholars who conduct outstanding empirically-based dance inquiry. Unpublished scholars submitting original empirical research manuscripts to the Journal of Dance Education are eligible for prize consideration. Read more here.

Photo – Courtesy of National Dance Institute


National Call for Performing Arts Students

The U.S. Department of Education is issuing a call across the country for student performing artists who are currently enrolled in elementary, secondary or post-secondary education interested in showcasing their talent – virtually or in-person at internal and external Department-hosted events. Performances include, but are not limited to: bands, color guards, choirs, dancers, poets/spoken word artists, theatrical performers, soloists. Click here to learn more. Email questions to


Seeking Emerging Artist/Educator

Confluence, a community-supported nonprofit seeks an energetic and collaborative Indigenous Emerging Artist/Educator to help deliver educational programming and produce culturally relevant art.  The organization’s mission is to connect people to the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. See here for more information.  The position will remain open until June 3, 2022.


Arts for All—Join the Movement!

OSPI, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Inspire WashingtonArts Ed Washington and the Creative Advantage have formed the Arts for All (A4A) Coalition to ensure that all PreK-12 students in Washington State have access to quality arts learning.  A4A seeks to achieve this by developing statewide arts leadership, collecting and analyzing arts education data, and supporting educators and teaching artists through professional learning opportunities. Sign up to stay informed.