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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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Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra »BYSO provides a positive stimulating musical environment for students. We uniquely complement and build upon both school music programs and private instruction.
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Vashon Allied Arts »VAA’s goal is to provide cultural enrichment opportunities to community members as well as career and skill advancement opportunities for professional artists.
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Coyote Central »At a time when adolescents are beginning to question who they are and who they might become, Coyote opens up a world of possibilities for their young minds.
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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.
Seattle ranks first in the nation in the number of arts-related businesses per capita.
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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.
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?
Building Community: Making Space for Art
This Urban Institute report examines the role of the arts in communities; artists working in community development, education, health, or environmental fields; and contemporary art spaces in community planning and revitalization strategies.
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.
Seattle Music Commission
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn officially announced the Seattle Music Commission, formed as part of the Seattle City of Music Initiative.

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