OSPI – The Arts Newsletter – January 2019

The Arts News & Notes | January 2019

The Superintendent’s High School Art Show – Submit student artwork now!

This annual event is co-hosted by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA). High school students from all nine of the state’s Educational Service Districts (ESDs) participate in this artistic celebration each year.

If you are a high school art teacher, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your students’ artwork.

  • Entries may be 2D and 3D artwork (e.g., photography, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, linoleum block print, silkscreen, calligraphy, collage, glass, metal, jewelry, chalk pastel, oil pastel, mixed media, paper, scratchboard, wood, etc.)

Please note: The online registration form makes it easy for teachers to enter student artwork into the show. Your ESD Art Show Coordinator can provide specific details and guidance. For more information, a link to the Online Registration User Guide, and a list of Art Show coordinators, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ArtShow/default.aspx [links.govdelivery.com]


What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education

As building-­level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives high-quality and equitable arts learning as part of a well-rounded education. This updated guide offers three concrete actions school leaders can take to increase the arts in education in their schools. To download the guide, please go to: https://www.ecs.org/wp-content/uploads/What-School-Leaders-Can-Do-to-Increase-Arts-Education.pdf [links.govdelivery.com]

My Public Art Portal – Beyond Blue Mountains

Beyond Blue Mountains is a collection of artworks by Native American artists, including an extensive, all-ages, 48-page workbook of enrichment materials. This body of work articulates symbolic and ceremonial narratives, intricate techniques in traditional craft, and expressive statements about Native American identity. To view this collection, please go to: http://www.artswa.org/mwebcgi/mweb?request=record;id=65;type=901 [links.govdelivery.com]

Kennedy Center – ARTSEDGE

ARTSEDGE is the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching in, through, and about the arts. The site has a wide variety of video content ranging from the origins of musical instruments to interviews with performers at the Kennedy Center. To view the site, please go to: http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators.aspx [links.govdelivery.com]

The Dance Toolkit

The Dance Toolkit Collection provides K-12 teachers with teaching resources that bring the excitement and emotion of dance into the classroom. The toolkit contains lesson plans, idea cards, glossaries, and many special features. To view the toolkit, please go to: https://www.ket.org/education/collections/dance-toolkit [links.govdelivery.com]

Free Lesson Plans from the Da Vinci Initiative

The Da Vinci Initiative offers free visual arts lesson plans on their website for grades K-12. The plans include step-by-step instructions, applicable common core state standards, a supply list, and grading rubrics. To view the lesson plans, please go to: http://www.davinciinitiative.org/free-lesson-plans.html [links.govdelivery.com]

The Arts and Title IV Funding

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains specific language that allows school districts to utilize Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (Title IV, Part A) for programs and activities that support student access to a well-rounded education. School districts may use Title IV, Part A funds to implement or expand programs and activities that use the arts as tools to support student success through the promotion of constructive student engagement, problem solving, and conflict resolution. For more information, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleIV-A/pubdocs/TheArtsandTitleIVA.pdf [links.govdelivery.com] and http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleIV-A/ [links.govdelivery.com]

Arts + Social Impact Explorer

Americans for the Arts has produced the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, an online primer that draws together top-line research, example projects, core research papers, and service/partner organizations about 26 different sectors, all in an effort to make more visible the incredible, wide-reaching impact of the arts. It also lists service and partner organizations doing this work and offers printable PDF Fact Sheets you can share. To view this tool, please go to: Arts+Social Impact Explorer [links.govdelivery.com]

Elementary Music Curriculum – First Note

The First Note elementary music curriculum developed by the Children’s Music Foundation is now available, through support from the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME), at no cost. To access these materials, please go to: http://cmfinc.org/ [links.govdelivery.com


ArtsTime Conference – March 9, 2019 – Registration now open!

The ArtsTime Conference is back and will focus on arts integration for K-8 educators. Participants can select sessions by art form, by grade band, or experiment by participating in a variety of art forms and grade levels. Whichever you choose, you will get new ideas to take back and use right away. For more information and a registration link, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ArtsTime.aspx [links.govdelivery.com], or to access the registration form directly, please go to: https://form.jotform.com/82420273584961 [links.govdelivery.com]

Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival

The first ever Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival, affiliate of the National High School Dance Festival, will take place in Vancouver, WA, Feb 15-18, 2019. It will follow a similar format to the national festival and include: college representatives presenting, auditions for collegiate programs and summer study, adjudicated concerts, classes, and a gala kickoff event. For more information, please go to: http://portalsso.vansd.org/portal/page/portal/Staff_Portal/Staff_Pages/VSAA_STAFF_PAGES/VSAA_NWDanceFest [links.govdelivery.com]

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Northwest Division

Registration is now open for the NAfME Biennial Conference in Portland, February 14-17. For more information and to register, please go to: http://nafmenw.org/ardisplay.aspx?ID=245 [links.govdelivery.com]

Arts and Heritage Day 2019 – February 6

The Washington State Arts Alliance together with the Washington State Arts Commission, the Washington Museum Association, Humanities Washington, Artist Trust, and ArtsEd Washington are coordinating the Arts and Heritage Day, planned for Wednesday, February 6, at the State Capitol Building in Olympia. There will be a Legislative Reception the evening before on February 5. For more information, please go to: https://washingtonstateartsalliance.org/event/arts-heritage-day-2019/?event_date=2019-02-06 [links.govdelivery.com]

Western Governors High School Art Competition

The Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce, “Celebrate the West,” a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The deadline for submissions is April 28, 2019. For more information and a link to the entry form, please go to: http://www.westgov.org/news/351-news-2016/1288-enter-celebrate-the-west-high-school-art-competition-launches-second-year [links.govdelivery.com]

Evergreen Orff Chapter Workshop

Evergreen Orff Chapter workshops are held in the Puget Sound area. Upcoming workshops include January Jams! (Chapter Sharing), Musicality Through Movement, and It’s all about the Process: Keetman’s Rhythmic building Bricks and Beyond. For more information and to register, please go to: http://www.evergreenorffchapter.com/workshops.htm [links.govdelivery.com]

The Military Child Education Coalition – Submissions now being accepted

Visual arts, writing, and film allow us a glimpse into the world of military children – as seen through their eyes.  This year’s theme for the Month of the Military Child is “The Art of Being a Military Child.”  The deadline is January 31.  For more information, please go to: https://www.militarychild.org/programs/the-call-for-the-arts [links.govdelivery.com].

Inland Empire Orff Chapter: Workshops

The Inland Empire Orff Chapter, an affiliate of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association [links.govdelivery.com], is a nonprofit music organization dedicated to the promotion of the Orff-Schulwerk process of teaching and its implementation. For more information and a list of workshops being offered this school year, please go to: https://sites.google.com/site/inlandempireorfforg/workshops [links.govdelivery.com]

Creative Dance Center Workshops

A calendar of workshops including several on Brain Dance for educators, dance teachers, teaching artists, early childhood specialists, OTs, PTs, and parents is now available. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.creativedance.org/institute-workshops/educator-community/ [links.govdelivery.com]

Arts Opportunities for Students and Teachers at Centrum

Centrum, located in Port Townsend and in partnership with OSPI, gathers young artists, scientists and teachers together. Artists working in the fields of visual art, writing, theater, movement, and music will provide young artists opportunities to learn new ways of thinking, seeing, and being. Opportunities in 2018 include:

Thespian Democracyworks Essay Competition

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) Thespian Democracyworks 2019 Essay Competition is open and the submission deadline for essays is February 1. For more information, please go to: https://www.schooltheatre.org/programs/democracyworks [links.govdelivery.com]

Washington State Thespian Festival

The Thespian State Festival will take place on March 14-16 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. For more information, please go to: http://washingtonstatethespians.com/State-Thespian-Conference.php [links.govdelivery.com]

Fridays at the 5th – Workshops for high school students

These 5th Avenue Theatre workshops give high school students, with an interest in musical theater, the opportunity to create the characters, sing the songs, learn the choreography, and meet with the production cast and crew. Other opportunities for students are also available. For more information, please go to: https://www.5thavenue.org/education/youth#fridays-at-the-5th [links.govdelivery.com]

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife – Artwork Cover Contest

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is sponsoring a cover contest to select artwork for the upcoming Road Access Entry Program booklet. The theme for the cover can either be of big game animals in their natural environment, or people with disabilities recreating in our great outdoors. The deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information, please go to: https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/cover_contest.html [links.govdelivery.com]

Summer Dance Institute for Teachers (SDIT)

Join Anne Green Gilbert and colleagues as they share the philosophy of brain-compatible teaching and the power of the BrainDance. Participants will experience lessons based on Anne Green Gilbert’s patently successful five-part conceptual lesson plan and the brain-compatible principles that underpin it. Discover how incorporating these principles into your teaching and workplace can positively affect class management, behavior, learning, and focus. For more information, please go to: https://www.creativedance.org/institute-workshops/sdit/ [links.govdelivery.com]

Do you have student artwork for display?

The OSPI Arts office would like to extend an opportunity for your school or district to display student artwork in the superintendent’s executive conference room. Students whose artwork is displayed will receive certificates of appreciation along with the honor of having their work on display at our state education office. If you are interested, please complete this survey form: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3957452/Displaying-Work-at-OSPI-ArtSence-2018-19 [links.govdelivery.com]


If you have news that is of a statewide interest and you would like to it have it considered for inclusion in this newsletter, please submit to: thearts@k12.wa.us

Enjoy the arts!

Anne Banks, Program Supervisor
The Arts – Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Phone: 360-725-4966

http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ [links.govdelivery.com] | TheArts@k12.wa.us