Trainings available for teaching artists, school arts teachers and community organizations

Join us to kick-off a new series of free Creative Advantage Arts Partner trainings.


Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5-8 p.m.
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Alvord Board Room
1400 E Prospect St.,
Seattle, WA 98112

Creative Advantage Workshops

The Creative Advantage invests in artists and educators thru ongoing professional learning opportunities that deepen qualities of practice and foster community. Emerging to established teaching artists, teachers, administrators, and youth development workers are invited to participate in these trainings.  All trainings are presented in partnership with Seattle Art Museum.

Sessions in this series
Saturday, February 20
Workshop 1: Social Practice in Arts Education

Saturday, March 19
Workshop 2: Strategies for Youth Voice

Saturday, April 2
Workshop 3: Trauma Informed Practice

Saturday, May 7
Workshop 4: Social & Emotional Learning

Workshops offered at no cost to participants. Online registration required and includes three Washington State Clock hours for teachers.

Workshops from Seattle Public Schools’ School and Community Partnership department

The Seattle Public Schools’ School and Community Partnership department, which is committed to building the capacity of community based organizations partnership with schools, has launched a Professional Development calendar for Education Partners.

First graders in Christine Patrick’s class at Bailey-Gatzert Elementary School study isopods – the ones known as potato bugs.

Events on the calendar are designed for community-based organization staff and volunteers to help them align their work and authentically partner with Seattle Public Schools.

Please visit for more information, a detailed calendar and registration.

The next upcoming event:

Data Stewardship and Introduction to Analysis Tuesday, October 6, 10 a.m. John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence 2445 3rd Ave S (at Lander St), Seattle, WA 98134

If you weren’t able to attend the September training, fear not – you have another opportunity! This training is for anyone who is planning to or interested in receiving student-level data from SPS. It will cover FERPA regulations, SPS data stewardship best practices and scenarios, and the basics regarding analyzing data

SALT: Shaking Up the Arts Community

On Monday, July 27, 80 artists, arts administrators, and arts admirers found refuge from the heat in the Frye Art Museum for the kick-off mixer of a new group – the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT). I walked into the Frye café and joined the group of people circling around guest speakers Nancy Chang, director of Reel Grrls, and Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

The program featured a series of stories from local arts leaders. Elisheba Johnson took us back to a time when she owned a small art gallery, years before she had considered herself an arts administrator. She spoke to the importance and power that lies in the hands of artists, and our opportunity to become change agents in our community – specifically in regards to social justice. Nancy’s words were a sigh of relief – quirky and full of female empowerment; they were a reminder to young artists that we are powerful, we are strange, and that we deserve to be heard. Lara’s audio piece featured several young children, one of whom really stuck with me – a young boy, maybe five years old, who talked about his experiences flying in his dreams. As his voice spilled through the room, I could feel that lightness in my stomach, and suddenly I wasn’t an arts administrator. I was a five year old girl wearing my favorite black wig and black tights – a silly feeling of childhood déjà vu that reminded me of my creative freedom. The nods that trickled around the circle, and the brightness and attention of the group, vividly captured the community and the resource that SALT can become.

After the program, folks divided up into three groups based on years of experience: 0-5, 5-10, and 10+. I joined the newbies, where about 30 of us began introductions by stating our names, organizations, and the flavor of ice cream that best describes us as people (the biggest challenge of my week). Green tea, salted caramel and cookies and cream began to tell stories about the personality of each arts leader in the room. For me, the “name game” usually triggers immediate and uncontrollable memory loss, but I wanted to listen to these people, and I wanted to know them. Writers, painters, musicians, art students; people working at small nonprofits, small arts orgs, large arts orgs– there was such an interesting pool of people I wanted to engage. Honestly, I felt intimidated, but as soon as the group dispersed, three people immediately rushed over to me to ask more about my position, and how they could collaborate with me in my work.

In the café, large sheets of paper were spread on the tables, and folks were encouraged to write their current art projects in need of support or volunteers. Projects like Girl Gods, Seattle Turkish Short Film Festival, Voices of the Aquarium, and Espacio de Arte were spread all over, and each had a spattering of blue and pink sticky notes of support. By the end of the mixer, every project had at least one volunteer (and some had 10+). I left the event feeling empowered and excited to join such a talented network of people within the Seattle arts community.

The mixer was the first of many SALT events this year. All emerging arts leaders are encouraged to join us Monday, September 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Frye Art Museum for the first program in the SALT speaker series. The book club will meet on October 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. We will be discussing “What We Made” by Tom Finkelpearl. RSVP for the book club here. For more information, visit the SALT website:


E-mail if you would like to be added to the SALT mailing list.

Photos by Sunita Martini

The Creative Advantage School Partnership Summer Institute

Seattle Art Museum (Downtown)
1300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
August 20, 2015; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Register Now!

We are excited to announce Gilda Sheppard as keynote speaker for the upcoming Creative Advantage School Partnership Summer Institute! This interactive one-day workshop invites participants to gain skills and knowledge applicable to their work with school partnerships. They will learn from local experts, see best practices in action, collaborate with their peers and get creative! This day will inspire and empower participants to help transform student learning through the arts.

Gilda Sheppard is an award winning filmmaker who has screened her documentary films throughout USA and internationally at the Berlin Germany International Black Film Festival and Fest Afrique 360 at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Section. Gilda is a professor of sociology, cultural and media studies at The Evergreen State College in Tacoma, Washington. She has taught internationally in colleges and universities in Ghana, West Africa and is a volunteer Professor at Washington State Reformatory for Men and Women’s Correctional Center for Women. Her present documentary Swinging With No Hands is based on provocative and transformative stories from men and women in these two facilities. Gilda is co-editor for the anthology, Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Art Museum presents The Creative Advantage School Partnership Institute. The institute includes learning opportunities focused on – arts integration, equity in your practice, arts and socioemotional learning, growth mindset, and effective community building in the classroom.

If you are a current or aspiring teaching artist, arts or school administrator, certified teacher, or youth development worker, we invite you to attend. If you represent an organization, please also share with your teaching artist faculty and program staff.

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.

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:

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.