Seattle has a wealth of teaching artists and arts organizations specializing in disciplines from theatre to creative writing, and even robotics! The Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Seattle Public Schools, has launched a roster of these individual artists and organizations as a resource for the community, called the Community Arts Partner Roster. This roster promotes arts partners who are proficient in partnering with communities to lead high quality learning experiences in and through the arts. In early 2014, teaching artists, community arts organizations and cultural institutions of various disciplines went through a juried process to be part of the Roster. Today, more than 50 Seattle-based educators of the arts can be found on the list.
The Office of Arts & Culture created the roster as a resource to support school partnerships through The Creative Advantage, which is expanding access to arts education in Seattle Public Schools. Out-of-school-time programs are also encouraged to utilize the roster for creative programming needs. Arts partners build connections and bring culturally relevant experiences to students to deepen learning. Check out the roster on the Creative Advantage website, and use the filter tools to organize by discipline and grade levels taught.
Please note: the roster is not a comprehensive directory of all Seattle teaching artists. Those interested in applying should sign up for the mailing list to receive application information for the next cycle in early 2015. Also, check out our Youth Arts and WRAP programs, and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute for info on other youth-related opportunities and grants with the Office of Arts & Culture.
Photo courtesy Seattle Art Museum.