Seattle Art Museum invites the community to learn about the renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum

On Sat., Oct. 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend a community meeting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), 1400 E Prospect St. in Volunteer Park for the renovation and proposed expansion of the SAAM building. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the preservation, infrastructure improvements and proposed expansion plans for SAAM.

The renovation and expansion goals include preserving the historic building; improving the museum’s infrastructure; protecting the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades; adding vital gallery and education space with a modest expansion; and enhancing ADA accessibility and the museum’s connection to Volunteer Park.

Renovation and proposed expansion plans are in progress and your input will help implement changes that will best serve SAAM and park visitors. Because it is early in the design phase process, a construction schedule has not yet been finalized. Depending on permitting and other processes, the current estimated timeline is to start construction in the summer/fall of 2017 and complete it in 2019.

To learn more about the project and to provide feedback, please visit Additional meetings will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, co-hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Saturday, Dec. 10. Both meetings will occur at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

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Recap: The Creative Advantage Arts Partner Summer Institute

The Creative Advantage kicked off the 2016-17 school year with its third annual Summer Institute in partnership with Seattle Art Museum. Over 100 teaching artists, administrators, classroom teachers, and youth development workers gathered for a day of learning, community building, and practice.  Sessions were facilitated by local artists, instructors, and national partners with topics ranging from Healing Justice in Arts Education (inspired by the work of Shawn Ginwright), The Entrepreneurial Teaching Artist, to Trauma-Informed Practice.  Participants also had opportunities to creatively engage and reflect by art discipline.

The morning plenary centered the role of racial equity and social justice in curriculum and approach. This included a deeply moving poem on structural barriers within education by Carlynn Newsome the 2016 Youth Speaks Seattle grand slam champion, followed by music and a story from Shontina Vernon, a mentor teaching artist with 4Culture’s Creative Justice program. Robyne Walker Murphy, Cultural Access Program Director at Cool Culture in Brooklyn, gave a stirring keynote entitled, “Empower, Create Connect: A Framework for Liberatory Education.”

The institute put front and center the values of practitioners working for creativity and justice in education, calling for narratives that position student voice and perspective as fundamental to high quality teaching and learning.

Next up: The Creative Advantage Professional Learning Series, beginning in January 2017.  For more information, sign up here.

Photo Jenny Crooks.

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.

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.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is offering a Free family friendly bike tour

Saturday, September 26
Tour Time: 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Tour starts: Salmon Bay Natural Area, 3419 N.W. 54th St. (Map It). Meet at the artwork A Salish Welcome at the west end of The Canal’s parking lot. Street parking is located north of NW 54th St.

Grab your helmets and join us for a FREE bicycle tour of public art from Salmon Bay to Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Partnering with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is offering a family-friendly, 10 mile (round trip) bike tour for all ages and abilities that will take you from Ballard to Belltown. We will stop to view public artworks at Hiram Chittenden Locks, Myrtle Edwards Park and more. Artists Marvin Oliver (A Salish Welcome) and Roger Fernandes (Snoqual/Moon the Transformer) will join us to talk about their artworks. Participants will also learn about other bike routes in the region that feature prominent public artworks.

This easy-paced tour will take you on public streets, bicycle lanes and multi-use trails. Bicycles and helmets required.

Image: Marvin Oliver, A Salish Welcome, 2010. Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds and Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Funds.