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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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Humanities Washington »Humanities Washington enables individuals to build strong educational foundations and engage in lifelong learning.
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Evergreen City Ballet »The Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) was established as both a ballet academy providing professional quality training, and as a performing company.
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ARTS IMPACT, a Program of PSESD »Arts Impact is a sustained and intense 2-year professional development model for Pre-K-8 teachers that partners with schools and arts organizations in Pierce and King Counties to increase arts education in the school setting.
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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.
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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 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.
Creating Public Value in State Arts Organizations
This 2005 book is a presentation of a general analytic frame­work that has proven useful to managers in many public agencies in helping them develop their own ideas (in consultation with others) of what constitutes a forward-looking, value-creating strategy to guide the operations of their organizations.
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.
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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