October 2022 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes |October 2022

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Who participates in arts learning?

As you look around your arts classroom, who do you see?  Who is missing? For many, school may be the only place where they have exposure to the arts and arts learning, yet many are not able to participate.  Why is this?  I’m curious to learn more.  What are the barriers to universal participation in the arts?  Please share your ideas here.  Once we are able to identify the barriers, then the work begins to break them down so that there is equitable access to learning the arts.  Thank you for your partnership in this effort!

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 – “Boy in the Red Jacket” by K. Jones, Superintendent’s High School Art Show, 2017.


New Logo for the Superintendent’s Art Show

The votes are in!  The new logo will mark this 50th Anniversary year of the Superintendent’s High School Art Show.  Thanks to the students who helped to develop this logo and to everyone who participated in the selection process. Look for the logo in this newsletter on a regular basis – with information about the Art Show.



New Report on the Black Experience in Teaching Artistry 

A Missing Narrtive: Moving Towards Understanding the Black Experience In Teaching Artistry In The U.S, was released in September by the Black Teaching Artist Lab’s Ethnographic Research Initiative and Creative Generation.  “This report combines the findings of desk and field research with analysis and perspectives from the Black teaching artists, educators, and cultural practitioners.” The three primary topics: The Importance of Community, Cultivation of Black-Centered Spaces, and Discrimination within the U.S. Education and Cultural Systems.

Image—from the Black Teaching Artist Lab, LLC


National Report on Arts Education

The Arts Education Data Project looked at the status and condition of performing and visual arts education by examining student participation data from 17 states in 2019. The report found that over two million (projected) students across the country do not have access to any arts education.  “These students are concentrated in schools where a high percentage of students are eligible for free/reduced-priced meals, live in cities and very rural areas, and/or attend charter schools.”  To learn more, download the report or link to the interactive website.

Resources for Teaching and Learning...


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month  

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month.  Learn about the diversity of Hispanic and Latina/e/o/x experiences, arts and cultures by clicking the links below:

National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2022 (links to select exhibits & collections)

El Centro de la Raza(art & mural gallery)

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino’s bilingual materials (arts & culture)

PBS Learning Media (educational videos)

Image—Detail of Maiz Flor Serpiente/Flower Maize Serpent commissioned digital artwork by the Indigenous Design Collection, 2015.


Radical Puppetry Engages Community 

Little Amal is a 12-foot tall puppet of a 10-year old Syrian refugee girl. Visiting New York City through October 2, this series of events is billed as, “one of the largest public art projects in city history”, Little Amal Walks NYC is a collaboration between St. Ann’s Warehouse and The Walk Productions in association with Cape Town’s Handspring Puppet Company.  Read more here.

Photo —“Little Amal”, Jamaica, Queens.  The Respective Collective.


“Zapatap” Combines Two Dance Styles

Vanessa Sanchez founded La Mezcla dance company where they use dance and song “to tell stories of Chicana history, culture and resistance. Tap dance is blended with traditional footwork from Veracruz, Mexico to create a unique dance style they call “zapatap”.  Watch this video of dancers performing in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Make Music with Online Tools 

Engage students with fun, hands-on experiments.  Chrome Music Lab is a free, online set of interactive tools designed to explore music and its connections to other content areas. Try combining it with dance and/or live instruments.



Visual Context Can Deepen Understanding

This article by Jason DeHart explains how the visual images in graphic novels and comics can be helpful at the upper elementary and middle grades to build engagement and understanding. This includes developing inference, elements of character and literary concepts.  A list of suggested works is included.   

Meet the Director of the Film, “The Woman King”

Gina Prince-Bythewood is the director of “The Woman King”.  Watch this behind the scenes interview to learn how she put together this film, about her personal story, and how she persevered to be the second Black woman to direct a major motion picture.



Arts Opportunities for People with Disabilities

VSA at the Kennedy Center works to ensure that the arts are accessible to all students. See their website here to find resources including: professional learning opportunities, research, lesson plans, opportunities for artists, teaching artists and educators, listings of upcoming events and more.

Are Spatially Gifted Students Overlooked?

Future sculptors and architects require spatial skills yet students with these capabilities are often overlooked by educational services.  A 2020 study suggests that spatially talented students experience greater academic struggles than other gifted students, including behavioral problems and lack of academic engagement.  Read this article to learn more.

Artwork – “Temple of Blossoms” by Sabrina Joner, Superintendent’s High School Art Show, 2022



Resources for Media Literacy  

Find educator resources from the Center for Media Literacy including: curriculum programs and services, theory, lesson plans, research, assessment and more.



Film Production Workshops—Oct 1 – Nov 13 

This 8-week, entry level program is hosted by Northwest Film Forum. Open to anyone 17+ years interested in gaining introductory video production skills geared towards non-narrative, community-based storytelling or small-scale commercial work. Sliding scale tuition. Find out more here.


Build Community, Develop Skills

Connect: A TAT Lab ConversationOct 6, 4:30-6:00 pm  Teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, and youth arts providers across Washington State join withTAT Lab Faculty and alums for 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.

TAT Lab Information Sessions—Oct 7, 10:00 – 11:00 am and Oct 11, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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 learn more about TAT Lab Core – priority deadline to apply is Oct 17th. Click here to join the mailing list for updates!


Neighborhood Arts Grants up to $5,000—Deadline Oct 15

Columbia Hillman Arts & Cultural District in Seattle is offering grants for neighborhood arts revitalization projects. These artist-led projects will activate business areas, beautify neighborhoods, and put south end artists to work. Individual artists and cultural organizations that live, work, or play in Southeast Seattle can submit proposals. 


Register NOW for Poetry Out Loud

Read. Recite. Develop youth voices using the works of great classic and contemporary poets. Learning is aligned with arts learning standards in theatre, and Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Participation is free. Registration is open now through November 18, 2022.

Photo – by Jesse Gardner, 2017 Washington State Poetry Out Loud Finalist Amir Matheney.


Join the Conversation!  

The WA Arts Education Collaborative-- arts educators and teaching artists meet the third Wednesday of each month, 4 – 5 pm to discuss ideas and issues relevant to each arts discipline.  Check out the resource page with agendas, notes, and more. Free clock hours available.  Sign up for email notification at TheArts@k12.wa.us.

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