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    Teaching Artists are professional artist educators that engage students in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.

    This page is designed to give teaching artists the tools they need to plan and partner with teachers, business and administration. Examples of partnerships include:

    • Short and long-term school and after-school residencies Arts experiences, including in-school performances by professional artists, as well as field trips to studios, galleries, museums, and performances.
    • Integrating the arts throughout the curriculum as a way of engaging all types of intelligence's in the learning process

    Tools and Resources for Community Partnerships


    To create tools that foster effective student learning and support effective collaborations between community organizations and schools in Seattle, Washington.

    Project History

    Around the country, projects that support arts learning are collecting, developing and employing tools to support all phases of school/community organization collaborations to impact and improve student learning. With support from the Wallace Foundation, Seattle.Washington has joined the ranks under the auspices of the Seattle K-12 Arts Learning Collaborative.

    Seattle Public Schools contracted the Seattle Art Museum to conduct research of best practices and convene a Working Group composed of local stakeholders to draft relative tools and lay out a plan for Seattle. The developed tools are inspired by and based on national research and data culled from surveys and focused groups with stakeholders.

    The Arts

    The vision of the SPS Visual and Performing Arts Department (VPA)
    is to cultivate the art within every student every day. SPS Visual and Performing Arts Program ensures equitable opportunities for quality learning in dance, music, theatre and visual arts, preparing students to be creative successful individuals in the global community.