January OSPI Art News & Notes




Welcome to The Arts News & Notes from The Arts Office at OSPI. Please share with colleagues and friends who are interested in the arts, and thank you for your support of arts education in Washington State.

43rd Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show
High school students from all nine Educational Service Districts are eligible to participate. Teachers with interested students are encouraged to submit artwork to their regional ESD shows. Finalists from the regional shows move forward to the state show that will be on display at OSPI on April 4 – June 2 with a reception and awards ceremony taking place on Friday, May 20, from 1–3 p.m. For more information, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ArtShow/default.aspx

New Arts Graduation Requirement for students entering 9th grade this year
For students entering 9th grade this year (2019 graduation), the arts graduation requirement has increased from one (1) credit to two (2) credits. For more information about this requirement, other graduation requirements, and the requirements for those graduating in 2016-2018, please go to: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/graduation.php#.VgA0Xjbn_DC

The Arts Assessments have a new look
OSPI has assessments for The Arts that can be used by teachers in classrooms throughout the school year to gauge student understanding of the learning standards for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. These assessments have recently been given a new look with an updated, easy to navigate format. The assessments along with reporting requirements are available at: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/PerformanceAssessments/default.aspx

Match Course Content to Endorsement
The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has an application that allows school districts and individuals to look up the course, endorsement, or certification number and see what courses an individual can teach and be considered “within assignment.” To access this application on the PESB website, please go to: http://www.pesb.wa.gov/districts/assignment_rule_app

Music Matters License Plates
The funds from this program can be earmarked for assisting music departments in K-12 public schools. The money that is not designated to a specific school is distributed via grants to schools where music programs need assistance. For more information about this program, please go to: http://www.wmea.org/subcontent.aspx?SecID=896

National Core Arts Learning Standards
These standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. To view these national standards, please go to: http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/

Video about the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS)
This video from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) compares the new national core arts standards to the 1994 national arts standards. To view the video, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNgWj7DZG_A

Washington Music Educators Association’s (WMEA) Conference
WMEA’s 43rd Annual State Conference will take place at the Convention Center in Yakima on February 11-14, 2016. For more information, please go to: http://www.wmea.org/subcontent.aspx?SecID=1018

Fridays at the 5th Avenue
This opportunity is for high school students with an interest in musical theater; these workshops give students the opportunity to create the characters, sing the songs, learn the choreography, and meet with the cast and crew for the productions on our stage. To view the schedule, please go to: https://www.5thavenue.org/education/youth#fridays-at-the-5th

Thespian Democracyworks 2016 Essay Competition
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is accepting submissions for its annual Thespian Democracyworks 2016 Essay Competition. Submission deadline for essays is February 1. For more information and to download the essay competition guidelines, please go to: https://www.schooltheatre.org/resources/news/democracyworks2016

August Wilson Monologue Competition
Seattle Repertory Theatre will host the sixth annual August Wilson Monologue Competition. This competition is an opportunity for high school students to perform an August Wilson monologue for a chance to win cash prizes and a trip to New York City. For more information, please go to: http://www.seattlerep.org/Programs/Education/AWMonologue/About

The Evergreen Orff Chapter
Sue Mueller presents: “If You Can Talk You Can Sing!” on Saturday, January 30, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Bush School (3400 East Harrison Street in Seattle). Participants will explore activities using Orff Schulwerk media to reinforce the singing voice. Clock hours and college credit are available. For more information about this and other upcoming Orff workshops, please go to: http://www.evergreenorffchapter.com/workshops.htm

Inland Empire Orff Chapter
Denise Gagne presents: “Sing! Dance! Play!” on Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9am-3pm at Colbert Elementary School, 4526 E. Greenbluff Rd, Colbert, WA 99005. Denise will share vocal warm-ups and energizers, easy ways to get students creating in your music classroom using storybooks and singing games, engaging listening skills with parachutes, scarves and plates, and apps/digital resources for recorder. For more information and to register, please go to: www.inlandempireorff.org

UW Climate Change Video Contest – What does climate change mean to you?
The UW Climate Change Video Contest is open to high school students; and they may enter as a team or individual. The deadline is April 4, 2016. For more information, please go to: https://apps.sefs.uw.edu/video/

Arts Opportunities for Students and Teachers at Centrum
Centrum, located in Port Townsend and in partnership with OSPI, gathers young artists, scientists, and teachers together. Artists working in the fields of visual art, writing, theater, movement, and music will provide young artists opportunities to learn new ways of thinking, seeing, and being. Opportunities in 2016 include:
• Explorations for grades 7-9, March 6-11, a multi-genre exploration in the arts. For more information, please go to: http://centrum.org/explorations-grades-7-9/
• Water World for grades 5-6, April 24-29, a study of the marine environment through the lens of the arts and science. For more information, please go to: http://centrum.org/water-world-grades-5-6/
• Dance This! for grades 9-12, August 7-13, an in-depth opportunity to learn a wide range of dance styles, techniques and choreography for all levels. For more information, please go to: http://centrum.org/dance-this-grades-9-12/
Theater Performances for Schools
Extend your classroom to the stage by bringing your students to the 5th Avenue Theatre and discover the power of live theater! School performances for 2015-16 include Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music on December 10, 2015 and the Rising Star Project: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on March 4, 2016. For more information and to purchase tickets to school performances for your class, please go to: https://www.5thavenue.org/education/student-programs#school-performances

The Washington Art Education Association Awards:
• Elementary Level Art Educator of the Year: Jennifer Lundgren, Montlake Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)
• Middle Level Art Educator of the Year: Jennifer Heller, Eckstein Middle School (Seattle Public Schools)
• Secondary Level Art Educator of the Year: Ed Crossan, Thomas Jefferson High School (Federal Way School District)
• Art Educator of the Year: Rick Wigre, Jackson High School (Everett Public Schools)
• Washington Distinguished Service Award: Andrea Schweikl, Nautilus K-8 (Federal Way)

If you have news that is of a statewide interest and you would like to it have considered for inclusion in this newsletter, please submit to: thearts@k12.wa.us
Enjoy the arts!
Anne Banks, Program Supervisor
The Arts – Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Phone: 360-725-4966