Arts Partner Spotlight

ARTS is spotlighting the incredible members of our Community Arts Partner Roster. This month the spotlight is on Totem Star. Housed at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Delridge, Totem Star empowers youth with life skills through music production, performance, and business experience to increase leadership, civic engagement, and community building. Using the model of a record label, youth create and perform music, produce public events, and contribute to their communities as working artists and organizers.

As a community arts partner Totem Star collaborates with teachers to create a customized music curriculum to fit the needs of students at all grade levels, complementing core subject themes in the classroom. K-5 students may enjoy a beginner `ukulele class while 6-8 students write lyrics to a song and record vocals. 9-12 students may be interested in producing beats or starting a band.

Through flexibility in arts and music learning and a commitment to 21st century learning skills, Totem Star strives to engage youth in meaningful projects with a transformative impact on their lives.

On Friday, December 4 from 5-8 p.m. Totem Star presents their 2nd annual Winter Magic youth arts showcase. The event will be held at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and will feature music, dance, poetry and more. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/433559123501743/

About the roster:

The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage.  Schools, community agencies, and other public and private entities are encouraged to access this list when seeking partners to lead creative learning opportunities with their program participants

 

Image courtesy of Totem Star

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster Highlight

The Creative Advantage Facebook page has been highlighting our amazing roster of Community Arts Partners for Arts Education Week. One of the partners highlighted is Extraordinary Futures.

Founded by members of Seattle’s own world champ breakdance crew Massive Monkees, Extraordinary Futures is an innovative non-profit organization that has “created the nation’s first dance-based leadership program focused on urban youth with limited access to arts education and quality mentorship. Their fun, unique, and engaging arts based programs empower urban youth to lead healthier lifestyles and to realize their full potential as leaders. With nearly a decade of experience mentoring youth as teaching artists, the Extraordinary Futures team brings a unique formula for using art to develop leadership capacity in urban youth.”

About the roster:

The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. Schools, community agencies, and other public and private entities are encouraged to access this list when seeking partners to lead creative learning opportunities with their program participants

Image courtesy Extraordinary Futures.

Arts education focus: investment in the field

“Change, true change, is a collective tidal wave made of many voices and multiple approaches.” Excerpted from Justice in Education.

Community Arts Partner Roster is growing

Chris Daigre dances with 1st and 4th grade students in the gym at Greenwood Elementary as part of physical education

This year the Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster added 25 more teaching artists and organizations to our list growing list which encompasses 77 Seattle artists and arts organizations. The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is also a community resource that is available for schools, community agencies and other public and private entities which use it to seek partners to lead creative learning opportunities for their programs.

Creative Youth Development Summit a success

Something to Say:  Creative Youth Development Summit was a powerful convening of youth arts and community program leaders that took place at the Seattle Central Library on June 5, 2015. Youth development directors, teachers, managers and supervisors gathered for a day of interactive exploration led by Denise Montgomery, a national expert on creative youth development. The summit lived up to its creative name with teaching artists leading a variety of activities in in visual art, theatre arts, and creative writing.  The activities allowed participants to experientially and creatively reflect and engage in art making practices to expand their perspectives on how to incorporate creativity in their own practice and programs.  The summit planning committee included staff from – Arts Corps, Office of Arts & Culture, School’s Out Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Library, YMCA Powerful Schools, Youth Development Executives of King County

Teaching Artist Guild launches national quarterly

The Creative Advantage is a member of the The National Guild for Community Arts Education. Here is a highlight from their most recent bulletin.

Teaching Artist Guild Launches National Quarterly

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) – a professional membership-based organization dedicated to supporting teaching artistry – has released the first issue of a quarterly publication that will include interviews, in-depth features, business advice, upcoming events, field developments, and job opportunities. http://nationalguild.org/About/NewsEvents/News/Field-News/Teaching-Artists-Guild-Launches-TAG-Quarterly-Publ.aspx

Creative Advantage School Partnership Summer Institute
Seattle Art Museum
Aug 20, 2015; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Register here!

Creative Advantage Workshop, Photo by Catherine Anstett

This interactive one-day workshop invites participants to gain skills and knowledge applicable to their work with Seattle Public School partnerships. Learn from local experts, see best practices in action, collaborate with your peers and get creative! This day will inspire and empower you to help transform student learning through the arts.

This workshop is free to participants and includes lunch and eight Washington State Clock Hours. Teaching artists, K-12 teachers, and arts education administrators are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact: educatorprograms@seattleartmuseum.org.

The Creative Advantage out and about this summer:

Catch us if you can at on Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jubilee Days, between SW Roxbury St. and SW 112th St. on 16th Ave. SW and 17th Ave. SW.

or on Saturday, August 1 at Umoja Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St, Seattle.

Come say hi and learn more about the Creative Advantage.

 

Photo credits: Creative Youth Development Summit, by Jenny Crooks; Teaching Artist Guild publication; the Creative Advantage teacher workshop, photo by: Catherine Anstett; Jubilee Days.