OSPI Art News and Notes


New Arts Learning Standards – Formally Adopted!

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal formally adopted the new Arts Learning Standards for Washington at a spectacular event at Elk Plain School of Choice in the Bethel School District. The students performed an amazing showcase of the arts that included band, orchestra, choir, musical theatre, and first graders tap dancing. “Education involves the whole child,” Superintendent Reykdal said. “The arts are a part of that. They engage all learning styles, and they lead to powerful and life-long habits, such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. The arts provide our students with keys to understanding the world around them and strategies for learning, interpreting, and expressing their thoughts.” A huge “thank you” goes to the Arts Cadre of Educators representing Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts who worked to carefully review the standards and provide additional content with Suggestions for Students and Examples that will support these standards. To view the new standards, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/Standards/default.aspx


The Superintendent’s High School Art Show

High school students from all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) have been participating in the ESD Regional shows that have been taking place in March. Finalists from the regional shows are moving forward to the state show and will be on display at OSPI from April 3 – June 1, with a reception and awards ceremony on Friday, May 19 from 1–3 p.m. at OSPI. For more information, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ArtShow/default.aspx

iGrants Reporting OSPI Bulletin B001-17: 2016-17 details the annual reporting requirements and timelines related to the implementation of assessments and other strategies in Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Fitness (RCW 28A.230.095), and for Educational Technology (RCW 28A.655.075). The deadline for the form package is June 30, 2017. For more information, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/OSPI-DevelopedAssessments.aspx

My Public Art Portal – The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)

To view the State Arts Collection through “My Public Art Portal,” a searchable, web-based database holding more than 1,300 of the Collection’s 4,500 artworks, please go to: http://www.artswa.org/mwebcgi/mweb?request=home

Story House: Select Works by Women Artists of Color

In celebration of Women’s History Month, My Public Art Portal presents a selection of figurative, narrative, and conceptual artworks in the State Art Collection created by sixteen women artists of color. Representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and creative processes, these artists are unified by the expressive power of their work. Click artwork titles to explore the artists’ varied investigations into identity, gender, heritage, community, and social justice. To view this collection, please go to: http://www.artswa.org/mwebcgi/mweb?request=record;id=28;type=901


2018 WMEA Conference

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 Washington Music Educations Association (WMEA) conference to be held in Yakima, February 15-18, 2018. Deadline for submitting proposals is April 15. For more information, please go to: http://wmea.org/proposal.aspx

Adding the “A” to STEM

Learn how to embed visual art concepts and connections into the STEM areas and establish authentic ways to guide your students toward creativity, collaboration and engagement. This class takes place on April 19, 26, May 3, and May 10. For more information and a registration link, please go to: http://www.schack.org/classes/art-how2s-2017-adding-the-a-to-stem/

Arts Opportunities for Students and Teachers at Centrum

Located in Port Townsend, Centrum, 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 2017 include:

Western Governors High School Art Competition

The Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce “Celebrate the West,” a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017. For more information and a link to the entry form, please go to: http://www.westgov.org/news/351-news-2016/1288-enter-celebrate-the-west-high-school-art-competition-launches-second-year

UW Climate Change Video Contest

The UW Climate Change Video Contest is open to high school students. The deadline is April 30, 2017. For more information, please go to: http://depts.washington.edu/sefsccvc/

Creative Advantage Workshops – Teaching and Learning with LBGTQ Youth

This interactive workshop unpacks strategies and techniques to help highlight the perspectives of young people, offering critical insights and personal experiences. Participants will gain skills and techniques to build community in diverse classroom settings. Open to any interested teaching artist, community organization, arts advocate, teacher, or arts specialist. To register and learn more about this workshop and others the Seattle Art Museum is offering, please go to: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/calendar/events?EventId=55429

Writing, Art, and Film Contest for Students

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is sponsoring a writing, art, and film contest that is open to students in grades 6-12. The entry deadline is May 1. For more information, please go to:


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