July/August 2022 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes |Summer 2022

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Rest and Rejuvenate!    

It’s summer and I hope that you’re finding ways to get away, rest and rejuvenate!  Where do you find your inspiration?  Whether it’s in a museum, at a performance, in nature, in your studio or in a book – I hope that you will take the time to explore, play, and get lost in new ideas.  The listings in this summer edition are meant for this type of contemplation.


Explore Washington:

Washington Art Museums & Art Centers

State of Washington Tourism


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 – “Petroleum Jelly” by Kelly Talkington, digital art, Superintendent’s High School Art Show, 2022.




Student Art Exhibit in Wenatchee

This summer you can see the statewide winners from the 2022 Superintendent’s High School Art Show on exhibit at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.  This compilation of 17 pieces represents excellence in the visual arts from all nine Educational Service Districts (ESD) in the state.  Thank you to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and ESD 171 for hosting this exhibit.


Arts Education Research & Policy

A 2021 report from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Arts for Life’s Sake: The Case for Arts Education, outlines the current state of arts education, the benefits of arts learning (including research, data, and personal testimonials), and policy recommendations. 


The Arts & Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

The Arts are uniquely positioned to support social emotional learning. Here are some key resources:

Connecting the Arts to SEL outlines the intersections of SEL standards with the Arts Learning Standards.   

Instructional Practices That Integrate Equity-Centered Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning  refines leading work on the integration of SEL with academics and specifically addresses 10 educator practices that promote social, emotional, and academic development.

The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement suggests we take a holistic approach toward healing—involving culture, spirituality, civic action and collective healing.

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


Arts Learning & Assessment 

Review these resources to advance instruction, learning and assessment of the arts.

The Guiding Principles for the Assessment of Arts Learning asserts that assessment should “incentivize the learner to create meaning and maximize expressive human potential alongside developing artistic capacity.”

Arts Assessment for Learning presents a video series that demonstrates how “formative assessment can play a central role by focusing teachers and students on learning goals, the gaps between students’ performances and those goals, and ways to close those gaps.”

Educational Assessment 101 for K-12 Teachers & Leaders provides “free, open educational resources to promote best practices in classroom assessment and use of standardized test information . . . “

Review the Pilot Student Growth Rubrics. “The student growth process includes: setting goals for students, planning instruction and assessment, and reflecting on student progress. Student growth is a substantial factor in evaluating educators.”

Artwork – “Botanical Refuge” by Isabelle Ehlis, Superintendent’s High School Art Show, 2022.


Funding Arts Education

There are many different ways to support the funding of arts education.  See these resources to learn more and to start planning.


Well-Rounded-Education_ESSA-Mapping-the-opportunities-for-the-arts.pdf (aep-arts.org)  https://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/Well-Rounded-Education_ESSA-Mapping-the-opportunities-for-the-arts.pdf

ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts - Education Commission of the States (ecs.org)  https://www.ecs.org/essa-mapping-opportunities-for-the-arts/

Funding Early Learning Activities in Wa State Guide (www.k12.wa.us)  

Title IV, Part A and The Arts (www.k12.wa.us)  https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/titleiv-a/pubdocs/Title%20IV%2C%20A%20and%20the%20Arts%20PDF.pdf

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (academic enrichment out of school)  https://www.k12.wa.us/policy-funding/grants-grant-management/nita-m-lowey-21st-century-community-learning-centers-program

Unlocking State and Federal Program Funds (www.k12.wa.us)  https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/esea/pubdocs/Unlocking_State_Federal_Program_Funds.pdf

The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) offers two annual Arts in Education Grants:  Creative Start Grant, Arts in Education Partnership Grant, Opportunities are closed until 2023. Stay tuned for update guidelines in January 2023!

Artwork – “Mt Tahoma” by Leila Chavez, Superintendent’s High School Art Show, 2022.



Conference for PreK-Grade 3: August 2 - 4

Join colleagues to learn about arts, access, and inclusion in early learning communities. The free, virtual Arts Uplift! conference brings together early learning educators, arts specialists, teaching artists, counselors, administrators, and caregivers working to expand accessible arts instruction in their communities. Participants gain tools for their own creative growth and teaching practices.  Free Clock Hours and Stars Hours available. For more information, click here.


Free! Universal Design for Learning & the Arts

Join artist, author, and educator Liz Byron in this free virtual professional learning opportunity Universal Design for Learning in the Art Classroom on Tuesday, August 16th, 9 am – noon.  Liz will provide an overview of Universal Design for Learning concepts and how they can be applied in visual and performing arts classrooms.  Three clock hours available. The first 50 registrations will receive a copy of Liz’s book, Art for All.  Register here.


Your Passion, Their Success!

Professional development for concert and orchestra directors can be accessed on your own time and at your own pace with Your Passion, Their Success! Practicing Musician's summer symposium 2022. These sessions and one-on-one feedback via Zoom are completely free from July 25th - August 10th. Visit https://practicingmusician.com/pd-symposium-2022/ to learn about and register for the symposium.


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.


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.