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Arts and Culture: Girls in Traditional Costume 

From florid opera performances to neighborhood ethnic festivals, the arts are essential for feeding the soul and defining the cultural identity of a community. MORE



 

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Whim W'Him »Whim W'Him is a Seattle-based dance company dedicated to opening the world of dance to a wider audience through collaboration and innovation.
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Sanctuary Art Center »The Sanctuary Art Center is collection of art studios that provide a means of artistic expression for homeless youth and young adults. We believe the creative process allows youth to process the trauma and chaos they experience.
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Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory, Inc »Centerstage is Federal Way's resident Theatre Company. It was founded in 1977 and since 1998 has produced shows at the Knutzen Family Theatre on the shores of Puget Sound.
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PONCHO to become a fund of The Seattle Foundation
After 50 years of fundraising for the arts, PONCHO announced it will be winding down its operations and will become a fund within The Seattle Foundation.
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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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Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences
This report documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy.
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.
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.
Seattle Music Commission Unveiled
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn officially announced the Seattle Music Commission, formed as part of the Seattle City of Music Initiative.

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