September 2022 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes |September 2022

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Arts for All—Join the Movement!  

As a new school year begins, the Arts for All (A4A) Coalition launches its effort to bring universal access to quality arts learning for all PreK-12 students in Washington state.  The A4A Coalition includes:  OSPI, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Inspire WashingtonArts Ed Washington, the Creative Advantage and Native Voices, with participation from regional partners: Arts Corps, Spokane Arts, Tieton Arts & Humanities, and Vancouver Public Schools. A4A will use a collective impact model to focus its work on developing statewide arts leadership, arts education data/analysis, and educator/teaching artist support. Want to join the movement?  Sign up to stay informed.

Thank you for your support of arts 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




Celebrate National Arts in Education Week: Sept 11-17

Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week.  This national recognition celebrates the transformative power of the arts in education.  Look for ways to amplify arts in education in your community!


2022 America Celebrates Holiday Ornaments

OSPI is looking to select ONE class from ONE WA school to create at least 12 drawings (no more than 18) to decorate our state’s tree as part of the America Celebrates Ornament Display on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. This year is very special – it will celebrate the 100th time this national holiday tradition is held!

Student designs should be emblematic of our state. The selected class will submit design files in PDF format no later than Friday, October 14, 2022. The participating school will be recognized for their contribution on a sign placed beside the state tree, on website and in the event program.

If you would like your class to be considered for this opportunity please complete this survey and submit by it by noon on Wednesday, September 21.

For more information: Daniya Baisubanova


Art Show Looks for a New Logo

In celebration of the Superintendent’s High School Art Show’s 50th Anniversary – we are looking to refresh and rebrand this legacy project.  Students from across the state developed critical elements for the new logo and we now have three prototypes.  Vote for your favorite here.  The new logo will be revealed in October.

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


Clarifying Visual and Performing Arts: ESSB 5878

In the 2022 legislative session, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5878 was passed into law.  The bill intends to “clarify the importance of arts education and to bring our schools’ practices in line with our state and federal laws and policies . . . “  This includes that the arts are part of basic education and that “every student must have access to arts education”.  School districts (with more than 200 students) must offer regular arts instruction beginning in the 2023-24 school year.  Read the final bill summary, and see the OSPI Bulletin for further clarification.

Resources for Teaching and Learning...


Thank you, Liz!   

On August 16th, practicing artist/teacher/author, Liz Byron facilitated a 3-hour workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the Arts Classroom for Washington educators.  Liz provided a wealth of information and resources for classroom teachers.  She posed critical questions, What barriers are there to student learning? How can student learning goals be clear, rigorous, and flexible?  To learn more, download UDL guidelines hereSee research and UDL applications here.  Stay tuned for a collection of UDL in the Arts Classroom resources to be posted soon.


Early Learning & Brain Development 

Ages 2 – 7 are critical for brain development.  This article outlines how “rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.”  Learn backround information and approaches for quality learning.

Artwork—“Art Heals Us” by Rebecca Wu, Youth Art Month Flag, 2022.

Intersection of Art, Education & Culture

Award-winning artist, Rich Tu explores the intersection of art, education and culture. Read an article including an interview with the artist, here.  Listen to First Generation Burden, Tu’s podcast that explores the intersection of immigrants and the creative community.

Photo—Rich Tu



Music Education for Social Change

Learn about this growing field that works to support communities of students most impacted by social and economic inequities by centering their voices and uplifting opportunities in the music field.  Review an overview here.  Read The Ensemble News to learn more about inclusive ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

Desmond Blair Says, “Believe” 

Desmond Blair is an accomplished visual artist who was born without hands.  See this news story that shares his story. See him at work in this inspirational video that states, “People may judge you for being different, but you can’t let that stop you.”



Mutual Benefits of Arts Partnerships 

Choral Director, Leslie Imse writes in this blog for Creative Generation about how she partnered with local community organizations to engage her music students with the public.  Creative Generation is a values-forward, global collective that collaborates with young creatives and those who cultivate their creativity to take local actions towards global changes in pursuit of a more just world.

Develop Gratitude Practices

Read about how to cultivate a grateful disposition with these practices that don’t involve journaling. This article shares ideas and links resources that connect social emotional learning to arts learning and more.

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



Art Video Series for Middle School Students 

The Junior Curator Academy (JCA) is a video series featuring art objects and installations at the Museum of Glass exploring the creation process, influences, and materials used.  Each program includes key terms, additional activities and related art projects (aligned to Arts Learning Standards).  These can be used virtually or in-class and can be integrated with other content areas including social studies, English Language Arts, and theatre.


Behind the Curtain  

Stream programs that feature behind the scenes at several different theatre shows.  The topics include: following Broadway stars during their breaks between matinee and evening performances, a documentary of the Public Theatre’s Public Works production of “As You Like It”, what happened on Broadway after an 18-month hiatus because of COVID, Asian American playwriting, queer identity in Latine theatre, approaching theatre from a dance perspective, and high school students competing to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Photo—from the documentary, Under the Greenwood Tree, the Public Theatre’s 2017 Public Works production of “As You Like It” performed by 200 New Yorkers of all ages.


Support Students’ Academic Recovery  

The National Partnership for Student Success, is a new coalition that will support the expansion, creation, and improvement of high-impact tutoring, mentoring, and other programs to make up for lost instructional time and support student mental health and overall well-being. Also included is information to empower parents and school communities about using federal funds to provide necessary academic and mental health supports.  Also check out the National Parents and Families Engagement Council that will facilitate strong and effective relationships between schools and parents, families, and caregivers. 



Learn & Plan with Resources from PBS: Sept 14—3:30-4:30 

Join staff from WA’s PBS stations on Sept 14, 3:30-4:30 pm as they share free, ready-to-use, standards aligned digital resources for in-person and virtual learning on Learning Media. This session highlights the Ken Burns’ documentary, The U.S. and the HolocaustClick here to earn one clock hour.


Connect with Arts Educators from Across WA

Learn and share with colleagues at regular convenings.  Earn one clock hour for each session. Chock hour registration information will be provided. To get notifications and updates email

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.

Meet bi-weekly, Thursdays from noon – 1 pm, next session – September 22

WA Arts Educator Collaborative – This statewide group welcomes arts educators, teaching artists and arts students to engage in conversation about issues related to arts education. 

Meet once a month, Wednesdays from 4 – 5 pm, next session – September 21


Events in October

October 6, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Connect: A TAT Lab Conversation.  This virtual event provides space for teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, and youth arts providers across Washington State. TAT Lab Faculty and alums 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. See the website here.

October 7, 10:00 – 11:00 am and October 11, 5:30-6:30 am, TAT Lab Information Sessions

Learn more about TAT Lab's Core Program at a 7-month professional development program for teaching artists, arts educators, and anyone working at the intersections of Arts x Education x Youth. Meet TAT Lab and ask questions at two upcoming information sessions: October 7, 10:00 – 11:00 am and October 11, 5:30-6:30 am. Click here to join the mailing list for updates!