Student Succeeds Art (ESSA) Plan – Take Action!

All hands on deck! You are invited to provide input on our state’s revised Every Student Succeeds Art (ESSA) Plan. The public comment period is open until September 5.

For information and a copy of the plan, a link to the survey for input, and a summary document, please go to:

Also, you might be interested to know that ArtsEd WA has complied some guidance for arts educators when responding to the public comment survey. This information is located at:

Guess where Nationals are this year?

The 2018 NAEA National Convention will be held March 22-24 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel. 2018 NAEA National Convention Theme: Art + Design = STEAM

The largest gathering of Visual Arts Educators is being held right HERE in Seattle. If you are looking for avenues to grow as an art educator, inspiration, and premier professional development – attend the National Art Educator Conference.

About the Conference

The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention.

The three-day Convention includes over 1,000 participatory workshops, panels, seminars for job-alike groups…research reports, discussions, exhibits, and tours…keynote addresses by world-acclaimed educators, artists, researchers, and scholars…with the opportunity to connect with your colleagues from all over the world. Each year, some 110-200 exhibitor booths displaying the latest art textbooks, high-tech software, prints, slides, curriculum materials, equipment, and programs, as well as the latest studio and art history media are made available for examination and review by art educator delegates.

It is a professional development opportunity to update oneself on the vista of state-of-the-art materials to advance visual art instruction in local art programs. All sessions and events are 100 percent content-oriented and substantively based. There are no non-content functions such as golf, sightseeing, shopping tours, and the like. Sessions are scheduled daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Registration Information

Preregistration (through 2/15/18) | Onsite Registration (after 2/15/18)

Active NAEA Member: $175 | $205
Student NAEA Member: $115 | $135
Retired NAEA Member: $130 | $160
Guest/Spouse: $130 | $160
Non-Member: $235 | $265

3 Easy Ways to Register:

  1. The online convention registration system will open in late September, which will allow attendees to purchase ticketed events in addition to their registration.
  2. Fax/e-mail this form offsite link download Acrobat Reader including your credit card information to 703-860-2960 or
  3. Mail this form offsite link download Acrobat Reader with your check or credit card information to: NAEA, 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

No purchase orders can be accepted.

Registration and payment must be received by the published earlybird deadline in order to receive discounted rates. If not, onsite registration rates apply. Membership must be current at time of registration and throughout the Convention.

Hotel Information

Book your Convention accommodations at special rates, available on an exclusive basis. Below are our official hotels:

Sheraton Seattle Hotel – HEADQUARTERS HOTEL
1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Find out more here...

Pro Dev Opportunity: Schack Art How2’s: Adding the “A” to STEM

Schack Art How2’s:  Adding the “A” to STEM

Adding the “A” to STEM will be a game changer in your classroom.  Sign-up for this series of four workshops and learn innovative methods to guide your students toward creativity, collaboration and engagement by incorporating a STEAM model. Each session will explore the key role of creativity and provide activities for making authentic connections between art – and science, technology, engineering, and math. Participants will discover new ways to help students “connect the dots.”  Activities will be grade level adaptable and budget minded.  This course does meet the STEM requirement for certification.

Dates & Times: April 19, 26, May 3, & May 10, 6-8:30 pm, Schack Art Center
Fees: $75 (SPU/Everett SD Clock Hours/SPU Credit available)

Instructors: Mari Atkinson & Jody Cain

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:


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:

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:

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:

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:;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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

VALA Eastside Seeks Featured Artist For Redmond Arts Festival


VALA Eastside is currently seeking a Featured Artist to lead a community art project during Redmond Arts Festival, July 7-9, 2017 with a stipend of $2,000 paid to the artist/artist team to cover all planning, materials and implementation of the project.  Attached and below is the press release with more details.

Download the flyer here:  2017_VALA_RAF_ Featured_Artist


Marisa Mouton Provo
Communications Director
VALA Eastside
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Marisa Mouton Provo

Golden Artist in Residency

Dear Educators of Scholastic Art and Writing Student Award Recipients,

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Golden Artist Colors are partnering to offer an unprecedented opportunity for Educators with a student who received any level of recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Three educators will be invited to participate in a two-week artists’ residency in a sylvan setting in upstate New York through the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation.

For more information and to apply, visit today. Deadline for applications is April 14, 2017.

Golden Educators Residency (pdf)

ArtsTime Conference

ArtsTime Conference – Register Now!

What:  The ArtsTime Conference is back!
It’s About Art – It’s About Time!   “Embracing Creativity in the Classroom!”

When: March 11, 2017

Where: Tukwila Community Center

Who: K-8 Educators who are:

      • Interested in getting ideas for arts integration into other content areas – ideas you can take back and use right away!
      • Looking for new ideas to inspire their students.

Cost: $79

Clock Hours: 7 free clock hours

More information:

Registration: Link to registration:

Questions:  Please feel free to contact:

Anne Banks, Program Supervisor for The Arts


Phone: 360-725-4966

Pat Sylvia, ArtsTime Conference Coordinator


Your arts program could win $10,000 and an invitation to the White House

Your arts program could win $10,000 and an invitation to the White House

By Rachel Clark

Des Moines Public Schools students showed off their artistic talents at their 2016 Lights On Afterschool celebration.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is currently seeking applicants for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. According to the Committee, the award is “the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities.”

12 outstanding programs from a wide range of communities across the country will be recognized with a $10,000 grant, an invitation to accept the award at the White House, and a full year of capacity-building and communications support to ensure their programming will benefit youth for years to come.

Who’s eligible?

The short answer: many afterschool programs!

The eligibility criteria specify that applicants must operate as ongoing, regularly-scheduled programs for children and youth outside of the school day, using one or more disciplines of the arts or humanities as the core content of their programs, and must concentrate on underserved children and youth. The programming must involve children and youth as active participants, rather than only as an audience for arts or humanities experiences, and must integrate arts and humanities education with youth development goals.

Additionally, programs must have been operational since January 2013 for a minimum of five years, including 2017, and must be a 501(c)(3) organization, state or local government entity, or federally recognized tribal community or tribe.

How to apply

Review the award’s selection criteria, then fill out the Committee’s online application.

To complete the application, you’ll need basic information about your program, a narrative explaining how your program fits the selection criteria, resumes for at least one and up to three program staff, three letters of recommendation, and three photos of the program in action that were taken in the last three years.

Don’t have time to complete the application in one sitting? It can easily be saved as a draft for completion at a later date. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:00PM PST.

Past awardees

If you’re looking for inspiration to craft your program’s narrative for your application, the Committee’s website highlights awardees dating back to 1998.

2016 awardees included:

  • Tribal Youth Ambassadors: 9- to 24-year-old Native youth are mentored by multigenerational instructors at the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center as they “develop educational programs and exhibits that relate the rich history, culture, and contributions of California Indians.”
  • AileyCamp Miami: Each year, this program offers 100 public middle school students the opportunity to explore four types of dance while also providing communication and personal development classes. Students “learn a diverse range of dance forms, while making connections among art, body awareness, and healthful choices.”
  • Subway Sleuths: Created by the New York Transit Museum, this program “enables 7- to 11-year-olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder to explore the Museum and its collections, while making friends, developing social skills they will need in school, and building self-confidence through special educational experiences … Among other activities, students design train stations and subway cars; go on scavenger hunts to locate historical artifacts; and study archival documents, such as photographs and maps.”

Youth Art Month

The theme of this year’s Youth Art Month is:  United through Art

Youth Art Month (YAM) was started in 1961. It is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs across the Unites States. The National Art Education Association, as a national sponsor through The Council for Art Education, administers the program at the national level, and Washington Art Education Association administers the program at the state level. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including: Problem Solving, Creativity, Observation, and Communication.

There are two ways to be involved with Youth Art Month in Washington State. Firstly, students may submit a design based on this year’s theme, United through Art, for the vinyl YAM flag/banner (designed to hang vertically or horizontally). It will hang at the NAEA Convention YAM Museum in New York, NY, and then be displayed at the Annual Superintendent’s High School Art show in OSPI offices in Olympia, WA. We try to vary the grade level (elementary, middle, high) of the winner each year.  Secondly, teachers may submit student artwork for a juried YAM Student Art Exhibition at the Schack Art Center, Everett.

All students must complete the Artwork/Photography Release Form to participate in any of the YAM activities. Participating teachers must be a member of the WAEA.

Sargent Art is the generous sponsor of the YAM Juried Student Art Exhibition prize structure this year. There is a Best of Show $1,500 cash prize for the winning student, and their teacher receives $2,000 worth of classroom art supplies. The other categories are: one Elementary School winner (K-5), one Middle School winner (gr. 6-8), and one High School winner (gr. 9-12) who each receive $100 worth of art supplies, and their teachers receive $300 worth of classroom art supplies. There will also be a Gift of Participation for each school and Certificates of Participation for each student. The best reward, though, is that all student work is exhibited for a month at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington. Students and their families really enjoy seeing artwork displayed professionally. Teachers, please mat the work ahead of time or ask the YAM chair for assistance/advice on matting artwork. Information, guidelines and necessary documents will be attached in an upcoming email. Feel free to contact the YAM Chair, Nancy Jordan, at

Deadlines and Important Dates

Flag/Banner design – Due Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12           Flag/Banner designs due digitally to Nancy Jordan at

February 1           Chosen design made into vinyl flag/banner and shipped to national YAM chair in Wisconsin

March 2-4           Flag/Banner displayed at National Art Education Association YAM Museum in New York, NY

May 19                 The student(s) of the winning flag/banner will be recognized at Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show reception and awards ceremony, Olympia, Washington, 1-3 p.m.


Student Art Exhibition – Due date: Friday, February 17, 2017 (MSD school district closed Feb. 20-24)

February 17         Artwork due to Harbour Pointe Middle School, Mukilteo, WA by 4 p.m.

March 1st             Artwork judged by Schack Art Center staff, and teachers informed

March 4-30         Exhibition Dates

March 9               Awards Celebration, Schack Art Center, Everett, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

SAM supports Educators


The Seattle Art Museum is a great resource for Educators. They offer a wide variety of workshops, resources and clock hours to the educator community. Be sure to check out their calendar of events and the great opportunities for Professional Development.

Here’s a snippet of what’s coming up:

SAM’s next educator workshop is about Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series:

Additional information about SAM’s other educator programs and workshops (for additional clock hours) can be found here:

Clock hours are always given for free for all educator workshops.

General information for schools and educators can be accessed here:

As a reminder, SAM’s Teacher Resource Center (TRC) is available where teachers may have access to curriculum (multiple subjects and grades), books, posters, videos, and objects available to check out as desired. If they aren’t sure what might be helpful, SAM’s librarian can assist with that. Anyone may register to be a TRC borrower.

National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of:

FOCUSING on the arts at local, state, and national levels;

ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations to participate in the arts;

ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and

RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

Get Involved!

Hosting an event is an easy way to celebrate NAHM in your community, like a Creative Conversation, an open house or special performance at a local arts venue, or a Community Vision Forum. Check out our resources page for event ideas and tools.

We have tools to help you promote your event! Use our National ArtsMeet Calendar to promote your event and find others happening near you. (Don’t forget, you can use this calendar year round!)

We are excited to host the first ever National Creative Conversation on Facebook Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 9-10 p.m. ET. Creative Conversations have been a mechanism for communities to talk about the arts and culture in their area. This is a chance for everyone to gather together as a national community to share what is happening on the ground! Mark your calendars, invite your friends, grab a snack and beverage, and join the conversation!

President Obama has officially proclaimed October 2016 as National Arts and Humanities Month. In this year’s proclamation, he wrote, “In seeking to break down barriers and challenge our assumptions, we must continue promoting and prioritizing the arts and humanities, especially for our young people. In many ways, the arts and humanities reflect our national soul. They are central to who we are as Americans—as dreamers and storytellers, creators and visionaries. By investing in the arts, we can chart a course for the future in which the threads of our common humanity are bound together with creative empathy and openness.”

You can secure a proclamation from your elected officials to make National Arts & Humanities Month an official annual commemoration of the arts in your city or town. Use our sample proclamation and customize to your community.

Join the Celebration!

#ShowYourArt is a social media campaign designed to engage arts advocates on local, state, and national levels, and to bring awareness of National Arts and Humanities Month to the public. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share images on Instagram (be sure to tag @americans4arts and use #showyourart). We’ll repost some of our favorites throughout the month.

This year, the campaign will feature a unique theme every day in October, such as “dance,” “art in your town,” “tattoos,” and many more. Download and share our theme graphic here, and challenge yourself, your friends, or your community members to post on as many different themes as you can! Join the fun on Instagram starting Saturday, Oct. 1.

Another fun way to celebrate is Creative Sprint. Are you looking for more creative energy for your projects and goals? Join the CreativeSprint to get your creative muscles into shape, fast! Watch for a special prompt just for National Arts and Humanities Month!!

Sign up at CreativeSprint


If you weren’t excited about attending our state-wide All Educator Conference, you should be NOW. See what’s going on, gather educator advice, tips and more. But most importantly, GET A SNEAK PEAK at the WAEA Conference details, workshops and schedule here in the newest edition of Splatter, hot off the presses.



Volume 3, Issue 1 Fall 2016

If you haven’t signed up yet, DON’T WAIT! You won’t want to miss THIS CONFERENCE!(click here)

OSPI Arts News & Notes

The Arts 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.


Washington State is moving towards the adoption of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) as our Washington State Learning Standards for The Arts. The Arts Cadre of Educators representing Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts has been working to carefully review these standards and provide additional content and classroom examples that will support these standards. To view the National Core Arts Standards, please go to:

Arts Graduation Requirement for students in 9th and 10th grades this year

For students in 9th and 10th grades this year (2019 and 2020 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 2017 and 2018, please go to:


NAME NW All-Northwest Audition Materials

The 2017 audition materials are now available for students. Important recent edits have been made to the string and wind audition materials. For links to these materials, please go to:

 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:

 Tacoma Art Museum’s online collection database

Tacoma Art Museum’s online collection database is designed to make the museum’s 3,800 object collection available online. This site was launched in 2011 and continues to be a work in progress with new objects and information being added to the database regularly. Images are available to view for educational purposes only. To view the collection, please go to:


Elementary Music Curriculum – A Grant Opportunity

The Children’s Music Foundation is providing a music curriculum for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade students, through a grant program supported by the legislature, that provides start-up costs and materials for this music curriculum. Schools can apply by completing this online application. For more information, please go to:

 The Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) Conference

WAEA’s conference will be held on October 14-16, at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. For more information and a registration link, please go to:

 Washington State Thespian Fall Teacher In-Service

The Washington State Thespians will be holding a teacher in-service on Friday, October 14, at Garfield High School (400 23rd Avenue in Seattle).  For more information, please go to:

Poetry Out Loud – 2016-17 School Registration is now open 

Any school serving students in grades 9-12 may register to participate in the Washington State Poetry Out Loud program. Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) joins other state arts agencies in partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to support Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. For more information, please go to:

Annual College Art Day @ CWU & Look at Me: High School Student Exhibition

The Department of Art at Central Washington University is sponsoring its annual College Art Day and Look at Me: High School Student Exhibition 2016 on Saturday, October 22nd. These events are for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree in visual art. They will be able to participate in hands-on university art studio classes from eight different studio areas. All entries must be received by October 12. For more information and a link to the entry form, please go to:

 Rising Star Project

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project offers students the chance to develop professional skills through the process of producing and performing a show on The 5th Avenue Theatre mainstage. For more information and a link to the application, please go to:

Inland Empire Orff Chapter: Chapter Sharing

The Inland Empire Orff Chapter, an affiliate of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, is a non-profit music organization dedicated to the promotion of the Orff Schulwerk process of teaching and its implementation. For more information and a list of workshops being offered this school year, please go to:

 Exploring Latino Art: Integration Through Art-Infused Connections

This ten-hour workshop is designed for the generalist teacher and explores the cultural complexity of Latin American art forms and guides teachers through projects that help students learn basic art skills used in making this diverse cultural art. For more information, please go to:

 Do you have student artwork for display?

The OSPI Arts office would like to extend an opportunity for your school or district to display student artwork in the superintendent’s executive conference room. Students whose artwork is displayed will receive certificates of appreciation along with the honor of having their work on display at our state education office. For more information and/or to schedule a block of time for a display, please contact: Anne Banks at: or Sarah Davis at:


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:

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

Led by State Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI oversees K-12 public education in Washington state. Our mission is to provide funding, resources, tools, data and technical assistance that enable educators to ensure students succeed in our public schools, are prepared to access post-secondary training and education, and are equipped to thrive in their careers and lives.

WAEA Award Winners for 2016

Congratulations! ~The Washington Art Education Association is pleased to announce the awards for 2016.

~Museum Educator of the Year: Nancy Bell, Schack Art Center, Everett
~Elementary Art Educator of the Year: Judith Weden, Outlook Elementary, Sunnyside SD
~Middle-level Art Educator of the Year: Kate Ebert, Poulsbo Middle School
~Secondary Art Educator of the Year: James Andrews, Kingston High School
~Art Educator of the Year: Dan Brown, Okanogan School

A celebration in their honor will take place at the “Artastic” Fall Conference on the campus of Western Washington University. Awards presentations will be made at a special luncheon to be held on Saturday October 15. We offer congratulations each of the award winners on their remarkable accomplishments as Art Educators in Washington State!


Nancy Bell has been involved in promoting arts education through curriculum development and implementation in Everett for almost two decades. She also has supported local teachers by providing professional development along with free art curriculum and a lending library of classroom resources. Nancy has trained 1oo’s of art docents and classroom volunteers. Students have gained valuable opportunities to view and study art, show art, and compete for prestigious awards because of Nancy’s dedication as a Museum Educator.

Judith Weden has been teaching for 21 years and is an Arts Specialist at Outlook Elementary. She completed a Masters of Education from WSU with a Thesis: “Art and the ELL Connection,” and has written Visual Arts curriculum content standards and assessments for Sunnyside School District curriculum guides. Judith has received grants, participated in writing Washington State Art CBPAs, and annually organizes and displays student art work for Sunnyside School Districts “Art Walk.”

Kate Ebert took on the challenge of the vacated art teacher position in her school when it was determined that otherwise, it would go unfilled. She advocated for the arts to the extent that she put her career on the line, in time, completing an arts endorsement. She writes and aligns curriculum, working with the district administration on implementation strategies. Within her building she is an advisor to the Art Club, Anime Club and the Leo Club. Kate is an ESD 114 Vice President for the WAEA. Kate was also recently recognized in The Kitsap Sun in the “Teacher Spotlight.”

James Andrews has taught art for 18 years; advocating for quality arts programing within his school, district, community, and the State. He assisted in the creation of an Arts Boosters organization in order to support all the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts), and successfully organized the annual arts event: The Festival of The Arts. James has also been a tenacious arts education advocate on the State level. AnnRene’ Joseph has stated about James: “His continued lobbying on this issue, both to the legislature and the State Board of Education, with the support of my office and position, had a positive influence in the passage of a two-credit graduation requirement in our state’s new CORE24 graduation requirements. This requirement, passed during the 2010-2011 legislative session, was enacted into law for the graduating class of 2019 (the freshman class of 2016).”

Dan Brown has successfully developed an outstanding sequential visual art study and studio program in Okanogan. As the only art teacher for both the middle and high school, Dan has single-handedly developed and implemented all of the art curriculum for the past 25 years. Dan has received numerous awards, including: a Golden Apple Award 2011 KSTS TV and Pemco Insurance, WAEA Secondary Teacher of the Year 2001, Washington State Teacher of the Year finalist 2000, North Central ESD Excellence Award 1991, (Okanogan School District) North Central ESD Excellence Award 1988 (Soap Lake School District). Dan has shown professionally at the Confluence Gallery from 1995- to the present. Public work and collections: “Jailbirds” Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, “Bringing Home the Bacon” Twisp Ponds, Twisp, “Fishing the Stillaguamish” Arlington, “Flight” Quotewizard, Seattle, and is currently working on his 975th work of art. He also supports various charities: Alatheia Therapeutic Riding Arena, Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, Rotary International, and Community Action (student held soup dinner event). Dan works tirelessly in support of quality arts programs on behalf of the Okanogan community, for which he cares so deeply.