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ArtsTime Conference Brings Together Education Supporters From Around the State

OLYMPIA — January 15, 2013 — Arts educators, artists, arts professionals, school administrators, principals and classroom teachers from across Washington will gather January 19-20 at Foster High School in Tukwila for ArtsTime.

The conference, held biennially, includes workshops, presentations, performances and a trade show in of all the key areas of arts education: dance, music, theatre, visual arts, arts advocacy and arts leadership. This year’s theme is “Arts Vision for the 21st Century: Dream It, Live It, Achieve It.”

Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction, has repeatedly stressed the value of arts education. “The arts are core subject areas and essential to a well‐rounded education,” he said. “The creative problem solving that arts education fosters is crucial for our students. I urge all school districts to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality opportunities in arts education.”

“The conference will be an informative and motivating event for all attendees,” said Anne Banks, program supervisor for the arts at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The ArtsTime conference will provide an opportunity to learn and collaborate to strengthen arts education for all Washington students,” she said.

Lynell Burmark, author of Visual Learning: Learn to See, See to Learn, will be the keynote speaker on Jan. 19. Roger Fernandes, a storyteller and member of the Lower Elwha Band of Klallam Indians, will give the keynote on Jan. 20. In addition, “super sessions” on January 20th will give participants a chance to experience all of the arts disciplines.

The conference is supported by many arts organizations, including ArtsEd Washington, Dance Educators Association of Washington, Washington Alliance for Theatre Education, Washington State Thespians, Washington Art Education Association and Washington Music Educators Association.

The Arts have been an integral part of the complete education for students in Washington’s learning goals since 1993. Both state and federal law identify the arts as a core academic subject area. The arts are also a part of our state’s high school graduation requirements and since the 2008-09 school year, districts have reported to the state the use of student assessments in the arts using the OSPI-developed Arts Performance Assessments.

For more information about the ArtsTime conference, contact Anne Banks at:


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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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What: ArtsTime 2013
“Arts Vision for the 21st Century: Dream It, Live It, Achieve It”

When: Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th

Where: Foster High School, Tukwila


Anne Banks


   Updated 4/23/2013

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