June 2022 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes |June 2022

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As I write this, we are reeling in the aftermath of the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. It is heartbreaking in so many ways.  I am most concerned about the traumatic impact of this on students, families and communities across our state and the country.  As we grapple with this atrocity, we as artists and arts educators know that the arts can help us to cope, to heal and to have hope for the future. 

With this in mind, I’d like to share the results of the 2022 Superintendent’s High School Art Show.  You’ll see amazing student art on display and if you listen the awards program you’ll be able to hear student voices – sharing how the arts engage them in learning, keeps them in school, and especially poignant in these times, provides opportunities to heal the traumas they face.


Superintendent Reykdal congratulated students participating in this year’s High School Art Show and noted,

“It is always so powerful to see our students express themselves in this way, and their thoughtful approaches remind us of art’s power to grow our students’ creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills.”

You can see the entire program here.  You can see all of the entries in this year’s art show here.   

Beyond an abundance of amazing visual art, this year’s show also featured the performing arts. We’d like to thank the Mount Vernon High School Mariachi and Grupo Folklorico, student officers from Washington State Thespians and the Port Angeles High School Video Production program.

A New Brand for the Art Show:

This past fall, high school students were invited to attend a workshop on branding produced by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association. There, students learned about branding and logos and then developed concepts for a new brand to be unveiled during the 50th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show in Spring 2023.

Their concepts were adapted to three new brand identities for the show and are now being put to the public to select from. Take a look at the three brand identities and vote for your favorite. The winner will be unveiled in fall 2022.

We appreciate the many, many people and organizations who come together to make the art show possible. In particular, we want to thank the coordinators of the regional art shows at the Educational Service Districts across the state, and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA), who has been a longtime partner with the art show in recognizing excellence in the visual arts.

Thank you for all that you do in service of the arts in education,

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


49th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show Award Recipients


Jacob Reeves “Old Capitol” | Superintendent’s Award

Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson), Olympia School District, ESD 113


Margot Massey, “Georgia on My Mind” | Governor’s Award

Kamiakin High School (Teacher: Corrine Lechelt),

Kamaikin School District, ESD 123

Isabelle Ehlis, “Botanical Refuge” | OSPI Staff Choice Award

A.C. Davis High School (Teacher: Carole Huls),

Yakima School District, ESD 105



Adelyn Krone, “The Track to Ukraine” | Jurors’ Choice Award

Avanti High School (Teacher: Cecily Schmidt),

Olympia School District, ESD 113

Erewyn Limric, “Immigrant Stereotypes” | Jurors’ Choice Award

Puyallup High School (Teacher: Dorrie Coleman),

Puyallup School District, ESD 121



Toko Kameda, “Escapism” | Jurors’ Choice Award  

Kamiak High School (Teacher: Emily Palmitere),

Mukilteo School District, ESD 189

Rachel Peterson, “Innocent Rumination” | Jurors’ Choice Award

On Track Academy (Teacher: Erin Bangle),

Spokane Public Schools, ESD 101

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Patricia Catacutan, “The Real Me that You See” | Jurors’ Choice Award

Ridgefield High School (Teacher: Katy Govan),

Ridgefielf School District, ESD 112

Teagen Bushman, “Brown Eyes” |

Association of Washington School Principals Award

Chiwana High School (Teacher: Felicia Jones), Pasco School District, ESD 123



Annaka Hansen, “Girl in the Lupine Field” | ArtsEd Washington Award

West Valley High School (Teacher: Rose Honey),

West Valley School District, ESD 101

Samantha Kotulak, “Genderfluid” | InspireWA Award

Glacier Peak High School (Teacher: Christa Mallory),

Snohomish School District, ESD 189



Leila Chavez “Mount Tahoma” | Professional Educator Standards Board Award

Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson),

Olympia School District, ESD 113

Sidney Phelps, “Anxiety” | State Board of Education Award

South Kitsap High School (Teacher: Donald Sandmann)

, South Kitsap School District, ESD 114



Audrey Stenger, “Star Balloons” | WA Art Education Association Award

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (Teacher: Crystal Zeller),

Vancouver School District, ESD 112

Anessa Hansen, “Sunflower Meadow” | WA Association of School Administrators Award

Wenatchee High School (Teacher: Reed Carlson),

Wenatchee School District, ESD 171



Moriah Von Behren, “Pride & Unity” | WA Education Association Award

Mt. Spokane High School (Teacher: Angelika Wilson-Wipp),

Mead School District, ESD 101

Ella Sherin, “Traditional and Contemporary Hand Drum” |

WA State School Directors’ Association Award

Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson),

Olympia School District, ESD 113



Isabelle Ehlis, “Botanical Refuge” | CWU Art for Change Scholarship Award

A.C. Davis High School (Teacher: Carole Huls),

Yakima School District, ESD 105

Claira Tuning, “Call for Help” | CWU Art for Change Scholarship Award

Goldendale High School (Teacher: Scott Gray),

Goldendale School District, ESD 105



Sophia Rusk, “Myna Birds” | Honorable Mention Award

Innovation High School (Teacher: Rebecca Silva Clinard),

Pride Schools, ESD 101

Ryan Sanchez, “Carrion” | Honorable Mention Award

Oak Harbor High School (Teacher: Kit Christopherson),

Oak Harbor School District, ESD 189



Fiona Whitaker, “Jewel Chest with Drawer” | Honorable Mention Award

Olympia High School (Teacher: Katie Jahner),

Olympia School District, ESD 113


Malia Ohira, “Solid to the Touch” | Honorable Mention Award

Auburn Riverside High School (Teacher: Kyle Rees),

Auburn School District, ESD 121


If you would like to have your students participate in the 2023 Superintendent’s HS Art Show, please contact your local Educational Service District.

Tragedy in Texas: OSPI Response and Resources

After high-profile, tragic events, children may feel that they are in danger, or worry that friends and loved ones are at risk. They will often come to families, teachers, and other trusted adults with questions and to find reassurance, but it isn’t always easy to know what to say. OSPI has gathered resources from experts across the web, including our own laws around school safety, to help inform and guide these conversations. Talking to children about their fears can help alleviate those fears and help young people feel secure.

Read OSPI’s blog post, Supporting Students Through Tragedies, for tips from experts for talking with young people about violence, as well as for an overview of Washington’s school safety laws. You may also read Superintendent Reykdal’s statement on the shooting.


Conference for PreK-Grade 3: August 2 - 4

The National Endowment for the Arts has approved OSPI for a Grants for Arts Projects award to support The Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab).  TAT Lab provides workshops, resources, and mentorship to arts educators across the state. TAT Lab is a collaborative project with ArtsWA and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.



Statewide Convenings

Your voice is important to the development of arts education in WA.  If you are interested in meeting with peers from across the state, The Arts office is convening groups over Zoom during the school year to address current and emerging issues with arts education. Clock hours are available.  If you’d like to participate, please contact:  TheArts@K12.wa.us Meetings will resume in September.

WA Art Educators’ Collaborative  – This statewide group welcomes arts educators, teaching artists and arts students to engage in conversation about issues related to arts education. This group meeting once a month. 

District Arts Administrators – This group is for those who have district level responsibilities for oversight of arts standards and assessment, professional development for the arts, and/or implementation of in-school arts education.  Currently, this group meets bi-weekly for an hour.


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 studentart@ed.gov.


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.