2015 Creative Advantage School Partner Summer Institute Highlights

The Creative Advantage invests in artists and educators thru ongoing professional learning opportunities that deepen qualities of practice and foster community within the field, locally.

Photo credit: Craig van den Bosch

Our most recent convening, the annual School Partner Summer Institute, drew 116 participants to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on August 20, 2015 for a day of engaged learning, creativity and reflection. In attendance where teaching artists, certificated teachers, youth development staff, arts administrators and more.

From a rich keynote on racial equity and social justice in the arts to the opening day poetry performance on culturally relevant and responsive teaching, the framing of our time together was clear and purposeful. Workshop sessions included topics on arts integration, creating equity in the classroom, cultivating growth-mindset, building community, and social emotional learning.

We are grateful to facilitators and participants, alike. Each has shared critical and rich feedback to inform future offerings that center creativity, collaboration, and equity.

“It was great to be amongst so many energetic arts educators and to hear their insights on the work that has been done, and still needs to be done in Seattle. The mix of teachers, teaching artists, and CBO’s (community based organizations) provided a range of perspectives and insights.” 

“I think an understanding of implicit bias and equity is so important for our work as arts educators. Glad to see the topic tackled head-on.” 

“There is an amazing and motivated community of educators supporting arts education in Seattle. There has been lots done, but still much work to be accomplished across the board.”

Stay tuned for more professional learning opportunities from Creative Advantage this fall.