The Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show
This is an annual event co-hosted by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) that begins at the regional Educational Service District (ESD) level. High school teachers from all nine of the ESDs submit student artwork to the ESD. The juried winners from these regional ESD shows are invited to participate in the Superintendent's High School Art Show held at OSPI in Olympia during April and May, with the awards ceremony and reception taking place in mid-May.
Pilot Project — K–6 Arts Integration that Supports Title I Schoolwide Program Goals
Title I, Part A (OSPI), The Arts Office (OSPI), and ArtsEd Washington
The Title I, Part A office, in collaboration with The Arts office, launched a pilot project with ArtsEd Washington that integrates arts-based lesson plans and instruction within 16 Title I schoolwide programs across Washington. The intent of this K-6 pilot is to help educators integrate the visual arts as a strategy to increase student performance.
Elementary Music Curriculum Pilot Project
In 2015 the Legislature provided support through a budget proviso to provide:
- music curriculum for kindergarten and 1st grade students.
- a grant program that provides start-up costs and materials for an integrated music curriculum that links with other core curriculum.
Preference will go to Title I schools, head start programs, early childhood education and assistance program sites, high poverty school, schools with high mobility, and schools with low student achievement. The Children’s Music Foundation was the successful organization (in a competitive grant application process) to provide this music curriculum.
All materials, funded by the 2015 budget proviso, for this project have been distributed for the 2016-17 school year.
The ArtsTime Conference is back and we hope that you can join us! This year the conference will focus on arts integration for K-8 educators with integration strands for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Participants can select sessions by art form, by grade band, or experiment by participating in a variety of art forms and grade levels. Whichever you choose, you will get new ideas to take back and use right away. Ideas that will inspire you and your students!