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Denny Sealth Performing Arts 

Description

Denny Sealth Performing Arts (DSPA) is a completely volunteer run booster group for the performing arts departments of Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School and is dedicated to supporting a 6-12th grade music/drama pathway between the two schools. We support both of these schools through fundraising, grant writing and general support of the many performances and events that occur throughout the year. Donations are used for many things including instrument acquisition and repair, scholarships to students for uniforms and music department trips, festival entrance fees, student recognition awards, private lessons and clinics.

Mission Statement
Denny Sealth Performing Arts strives to support performing arts programming that reflects the beautiful diversity of our schools and community. We support and encourage participation of our students and families in experiences that foster an appreciation of and a life long commitment to the performing arts.
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Denny Sealth Performing Arts
2600 SW Thistle 
Seattle 
WA
98126 
(206) 369-0370 

Becky Johnson 
President 

Programs

Denny Sealth Performing Arts Programs

Denny Sealth Music Pathway
The music departments at Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School have made a high priority of developing a continuous 6-12th grade music pathway. The prominent features of this pathway are:
  • articulated course offerings from the middle to the high school level
  • an aligned 6th through 12th grade music curriculum
  • shared instructors developing long term relationships with students and families
  • a unified booster organization supporting both programs
The primary goal of this level of intentionality is to help every student to achieve musical and academic success from middle school to high school, high school to college, and from college to beyond. The two music programs combined serve over 400 students in concert bands, marching bands, choirs, steel drums, piano, and jazz ensembles.

Music Programs With A Global Perspective
The Denny-Sealth International Music Pathway programs combined serve over 400 students in concert bands, marching bands, choirs, steel drums, piano, mariachi, and jazz ensembles. As International Schools, we put great emphasis on incorporating a global perspective in all content areas. In music, a global perspective is infused by:
  • selecting music repertoire and experiences that encourage students to see themselves as musicians who are able to use music to appreciate differences and create connections amongst different groups of people.
  • using music literature from various genres throughout the globe to develop music skills in students.
  • considering how various cultures learn and make aesthetic choices about music.
  • providing students with opportunities to experience and learn music from around the world in a culturally authentic way when possible.
  • developing connections with middle and high school music programs in other parts of the world to develop musical exchanges, dialogue, and appreciation.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Drama Program 
Chief Sealth International High School has had a drama program in the past, but it has been struggling in recent years. Our hope is that the drama program will become as rich as the music programs at Denny and Sealth and we envision a similar pathway from the middle school to the high school and DSPA will be instrumental in supporting this.

Challenges
Despite the fact that over 50% of Sealth students and over 60% of Denny students are on free or reduced lunch, our schools place a high priority on providing our students with the same caliber of experiences as are available to students in our city’s most affluent programs. It is in light of this commitment that Denny and Sealth schools offer some of the most diverse offerings of musical classes in our state with classes in concert band, marching band, orchestra, jazz band, steel drums, mariachi, and choir. Our award winning ensembles perform in school and community events and travel annually to regional and out of state music festivals. Making these opportunities available to all students regardless of ability to pay is an ongoing struggle that can only be achieved with the generous support of our parents, friends, music boosters, and community sponsors.

Evaluation

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

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There are no recent grants awarded to this organization.

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