ARTS IMPACT Programs
Through partnerships with schools and local arts organizations, Arts Impact empowers classroom teachers to become competent and confident leaders of visual and performing arts. By developing teacher independence, Arts Impact exponentially increases the numbers of students who receive arts-infused instruction throughout a teacher’s career. Arts infusion offers a different educational approach and viewpoint to students who may have difficulty learning in traditional ways. It provides methods for teachers to teach the arts while satisfying pressures to cover academic areas on high stakes tests. Our programs strive to fill the void where arts education is missing in so many schools today.
The Core Arts Impact model trains K-5 whole schools, whole districts, or teacher teams in a 2-year, 90-hour professional development program. Each year of training includes a 30-hour Summer Institute; 10 hour one-on-one mentorships with an Artist Mentor; a class study trip to a partnering organization’s exhibition or performance; supplementary workshops; and learning community work sessions. Core is the foundational model on which all other Arts Impact programs are based.
The Early Learning program is a partnership between two Puget Sound Educational Service District programs: Arts Impact and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, investigating an Arts Impact model for early learning professional development and arts lessons. Pilot sites were selected in the Enumclaw School District to connect with the Arts Impact Core program already in place at district elementary schools. The project has received continued funding support to implement the model at the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center in Tacoma.
Arts Impact Dissemination and Expansion (AIDE)
AIDE is a 4-year partnership with Seattle Public Schools and Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. By recreating Arts Impact’s innovative Core professional development training model in key rural, urban, and mid-size school districts in three diverse geographic areas around Washington, Arts Impact expects to make further program replication possible, both statewide and nationally.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Arts Impact is proud to have fostered significant program growth, currently operating six different professional development models. Since 2002, Arts Impact has received six separate U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education grants--the most of any arts education program in the country. The most recent Department of Education grant, in 2011, supports a three year scale-up of the successful Teacher Training: Arts as Literacy program in the Seattle School District.
Financial support for Arts Impact’s Core model is critical. Outside funding is essential in order for us to provide training to all of the teachers and schools who request it.