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Nature Consortium »Nature Consortium engages community members of all ages and backgrounds in educational activities that connect people to nature, the arts and each other.
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Book-It Repertory Theatre »Book-It began as an artists' collective in 1987, adapting short stories for performance and touring them throughout the Northwest.
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Seattle Public Theater »Seattle Public Theater (SPT) is a mid-sized professional theater dedicated to building community through the performing arts.
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Norman Rice addresses Cultural Congress
President/CEO Norman Rice gave the opening keynote address at the 2010 Cultural Congress, a two-day meeting of arts leaders and cultural professionals from across Washington and Oregon.
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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.
Over 14,000 people are employed by arts and cultural organizations in King County.
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Creative Vitality in Washington State
Across Washington State, creative economy is in evidence in a variety of cities and neighborhoods, and is a factor in the job growth, retail sales, recreational choices, and community aesthetics.
Arts Education Partnership State Policy Database
The Arts Education State Policy Database is a searchable database tracking the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts.
Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefits Student Achievement
Why is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success?
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.
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.

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