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OSPI Receives $30,000 to Improve Arts Education

OLYMPIA — May 19, 2016 — Helping artists who teach art is the subject of a national grant recently awarded to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) awarded $30,000 to OSPI to support the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. The Lab trains artists who want to partner with K-12 schools and art teachers.

“Arts are essential,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “They give students a way to express themselves and to make sense of their world. The NEA grant will improve arts education in Washington.”

The Lab is sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and Seattle Children’s Theatre, in collaboration OSPI, NEA, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture and Pacific Northwest Ballet. As many as 32 teaching artists will be selected for the 2016-17 school year. The Lab lasts eight months and consists of in-person trainings, teleconferences and support from faculty and peers.

The arts are considered a core subject in Washington state and include dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The graduation requirement in the arts has been raised to two credits starting with the class of 2019.

The grant is part of $82 million approved by the NEA to fund local arts projects and partnerships in 2016.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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