Summer Arts Partnership Institute Recap

On August 17, 2017, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) hosted the fourth Creative Advantage Summer Arts Partnership Institute for classroom teachers, teaching artists, administrators, youth development workers, and community members.

Dancers from Northwest Tap Connection opened the day with a rousing performance garnering multiple standing ovations, that showcased the skill, passion, and creativity of three incredible youth performers.

Leaders from the Office of Arts & Culture, SAM, and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) contextualized the day through a lens of racial equity and social justice, which serves a foundation for The Creative Advantage, our citywide initiative that is reinvesting in equitable access to arts education for all SPS students.

Author, professor, and activist, Dr. Shawn Ginwright provided a timely and relevant keynote entitled, “Radically Healing Schools and Communities: The Power of Policy from the Heart.” Dr. Ginwright and teacher activist and organizer, Farima Pour-Khorshid, offered sessions on his Radical Healing Framework, which is based in the premise that, “Radical healing involves addressing both (1) collective healing, and also (2) transforming the institutions, policies, and systems that are causing harm in the first place.”

Local teaching artists Lauren Atkinson (visual arts) and Roberto Ascalon (poetry, creative writing) engaged participants in creative reflection workshops to unpack what it means for practitioners and administrators to be authentic, take risks, and work in community.

Thank you to those who were able to attend, and benefit from this powerful day of learning and building.  For more information on professional development opportunities, please visit the Office of Arts & Culture

Join us for the fourth annual Creative Advantage Summer Institute

Thursday, August 17, 2017; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum 1300 First Ave Seattle, WA 98101
Register This free, one-day workshop will include inspiring presentations by national thought leaders, hands-on art-making activities and opportunities to network and collaborate with peers. This year we welcome Dr. Shawn Ginwright, a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda in San Francisco and an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University, as this year’s keynote speaker.  Dr. Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development.

Advanced registration required, includes lunch and eight (8) Washington State Clock Hours.

About Dr. Shawn Ginwright Dr. Ginwright is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In addition, he is also a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda, whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adults in transforming their schools and communities. Flourish Agenda does this through its Radical Healing model, which builds social emotional well-being and leadership development through transformative experiences and new technology tools.

In 2011, Dr. Ginwright was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award from the State Department for his outstanding research and work with urban youth. He is the author of “Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart,” “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture,” and co-editor of “Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth.” In 2010, he published “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America”.

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.

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.