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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
Nearly three-quarters of King County arts patrons say they were first exposed to art in elementary school.
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:

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.
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.
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.
Reinvesting in Arts Education
This report is a product of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities, which conducted an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education in the U.S. Based on what was learned about needs and opportunities, the PCAH makes five recommendations for actions to be undertaken by different stakeholders to advance arts education.
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.

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