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.

West Seattle Playground Fire Causes 50 Thousand Dollars in Damage

June 26—Seattle Fire Investigators have classified an overnight fire at a West Seattle playground as undetermined because there was no obvious source of ignition.

At 1:19 a.m. a call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire coming from the back of a school located in the 5000 block of SW Spokane Street. The first arriving engine company found flames coming from a playground area. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire which was confined to the wood chips. The heat and flames also melted and damaged the metal and plastic playground equipment. The damage estimate is $50,000.

Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Change Requests for new Thornton Creek Elementary School

A Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee meeting has been scheduled to discuss the Seattle School District’s request for a waiver from City zoning regulations to construct the new Thornton Creek Elementary School. It will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thornton Creek Elementary School cafeteria (7711 43rd Avenue NE). The public is invited to attend.

The School District is requesting changes to City zoning regulations for the following:

1) Greater than allowed building height.
2) Less than required on-site parking.
3) Continuation of on-street bus loading and unloading.

This meeting will include a presentation before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives, on the requested changes to the development standards (zoning). There will also be an opportunity for the public to make comments concerning the request.

Following public testimony, the committee can recommend a waiver, recommend with conditions, or deny the request; or it can decide to hold additional meetings if the committee feels more information is needed. The final decision is made by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to:

Steve Sheppard
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, call Steve Sheppard at 684-0302, or e-mail

Firefighters team up with kids to teach fire safety through stories

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Seattle Fire Department is partnering with the Seattle Public Libraries for a reading program aimed at increasing literacy, and raising awareness of home fire safety. This popular event, usually held in October, was held during the summer for the first time last year. Because of its overwhelming popularity, Firefighter Story Times are being held again this summer.
Firefighters will read the book No Dragons for Tea to preschool children from all around the city. Important safety messages include “Firefighters are your friend”, “Crawl low under smoke” and “Get out and stay out”. The event will also include a chance to explore a fire engine and give the children the opportunity to get close to firefighters as they put on and explain their protective gear.
For more than a decade, Seattle Firefighters have volunteered for literacy events at various Seattle Public Libraries and Seattle Public Schools. The Firefighter Story Times are a push to educate young people in the city and their families about staying safe from fire. Preschool children are especially vulnerable to fire and burn injuries. During the months of June and July, Seattle Firefighters are reading to preschoolers at 7 different library locations throughout the city.
Come join the firefighters at your local branch library.
Columbia Branch: June 11 @ 11:00 AM

Southwest Branch: June 12 @ 11:00 AM

Queen Anne Branch: July 10 @ 11:00 AM

West Seattle Branch: July 16 @ 10:30 AM

Greenwood Branch: July 24 @ 10:30 AM

University Branch: July 30 @ 11:15 AM

Central Library: July 31 @ 10:30 AM