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    Creative Advantage Summer Institute Centers Arts Equity
    Posted on 08/27/2018
    The teacher panel on stage at the summer institute

    Creative Advantage Summer Institute Centers Arts Equity

    The Creative Advantage is Seattle Public Schools’ city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning for all students. The 5th Annual Creative Advantage Arts Partner Institute, held at the Seattle Art Museum, invited educators, artists, teaching artists, students, and cultural workers to join in creative community, learn from local experts, engage in art making, and share new ideas.

    The free professional learning day is an open space for reflection and for creatives to dream big and imagine new futures united in teaching for justice, equity, and access.

    This year, the institute theme centered on past, present, and future in re-centering the work of art in public education: How can adults contextualize the events of the past to reimagine the future?

    Superintendent Denise Juneau was among the first speakers at the event, stressing the importance of striving to make sure students and young people have seats at the table to have influence and shared power. She shared that it is through the arts that youth are given a unique voice to their learning experience.

    Julie Trout, arts educator at John Muir Elementary School, elaborated on her personal practice and theories of action in the classroom with students alongside Jehan Osanyin, teaching artist, and Wayne Au, University of Washington Bothell professor.

    After a film screening showcasing short local films focused on arts, education and access, attendees participated in workshops co-lead by teaching artists and filmmakers.

    At the conclusion of the day, arts educators walked away with skills to create positive classroom environments, enriched with 21st century skills, where students can imagine and articulate what is possible through the arts.

    Read more about Creative Advantage.