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Introducing kids to art at an early age is essential to developing tomorrow’s artists, audiences and creative problem-solvers. Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking through the arts gives students the critical thinking tools to succeed in all aspects of their lives.

 

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tactics for giving to arts education
  • Fund efforts to integrate arts content into a school’s entire curriculum
  • Fund arts experiences in schools serving predominantly low-income students
  • Support connections between school districts and arts organizations
The Seattle Foundation evaluated organization
Seattle ranks first in the nation in the number of arts-related businesses per capita.
Success Story
Teachers Receive Comprehensive Professional Development in the Arts
Arts Impact provides comprehensive professional development in the arts for elementary school teachers. The organization provides two-year, graduate-level training that pairs art with other disciplines. Students learning about symmetry in math, for instance, may approach the concept by learning about symmetry in dance or visual arts. When art, like math, becomes a regular part of the school day, kids get the chance to learn in different ways and develop their creative and critical thinking skills.
Stay Informed:

Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation
Fewer American children are getting access to arts education, whether at school or elsewhere, according to this analysis of federal data issued by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the drop is apparently most severe for African-Americans and Hispanics.
Puget Sound Arts Economic Impact Study
This ArtsFund study reports on the economic impacts of 357 nonprofit arts, cultural, and scientific organizations located in the Central Puget Sound region.
Social and Health Indicators Across King County
The Communities Count Partnership is committed to improving community health and well-being through information advocacy—providing accurate and timely reports on conditions that matter to King County residents.
Bright Spots Leadership in the Pacific Northwest
This report commissioned by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation describes the five characteristics shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to today's changing conditions.
K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year
This report examines the quality of public education in Washington state and the educational preparation of the next generation of Washington citizens.

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