Creative Youth

Art has the capacity to change the way we understand ourselves and the people around us; art expands perspectives and leads the way to a richer appreciation of our community and our role within that community. In order to give young people the tools they need to succeed in school, life, and our City, we must invest in their creativity. We do this by ensuring that arts opportunities will be available to every student at every school in Seattle through our arts education initiative, The Creative Advantage. We also invest in arts training outside of the classroom, both during the school year and in the summer, through the Youth Arts grant program. Inclusiveness is at the heart of the Office’s youth development programs; we must ensure these fundamental opportunities are accessible to everybody as a matter of equity. Investing in our youth is an investment in Seattle’s future.

The Creative Advantage Arts Education Collaboration

The Creative Advantage is a unique public-private partnership between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and The Seattle Foundation. It is reinvesting in Seattle's students and our community's economic and creative future by addressing inequities in access to the arts and restoring arts education to all Seattle classrooms.

The Creative Advantage operates under a set of goals that every student in every school should receive:

  1. Culturally relevant arts instruction building sequential arts skills. It has been shown that arts instruction helps develop students 21st century skills leading to creativity, critical thinking, communications, collaboration, growth mindset and perseverance.
  2. Instruction from certified arts teachers. Research has found that students who had instruction from arts teachers were more likely to meet state arts standards than those who received instruction from a non-arts teacher.
  3. Integrated arts instruction. Integrated arts learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students engage in a creative process that connects an art form with another subject to promote deeper learning.
  4. Arts partnerships with community-based organizations and teaching artists. Partnerships increase student engagement in the arts, build bridges between schools and the arts community and broaden students’ experiences in the arts.
  5. Opportunities to connect arts to careers in high school. Arts are key to students’ academic development and students’ growth into creative adults and thoughtful, engaged citizens.

The Creative Advantage can be found online at www.creativeadvantageseattle.org, at facebook.com/TheCreativeAdvantage and on twitter @SeattleArtsEd.

City of Music Career Day

City of Music

City of Music Career Day and Career Day Roadshows provides a direct connection for students to learn about the diverse opportunities and career pathways available in the music industry. City of Music Career Day is free to high school and college students, ages 16-24, and is designed to give participants direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance. Participants are exposed to a wide range of music-related careers including performance, management, concert production, non-profit management, record label operations, retail, licensing, journalism, broadcasting, gaming, and more. Produced in partnership with Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Music Commission, Office of Film + Music, Seattle Arts Commission and Office of Arts & Culture.

Youth Arts

Youth Arts funds teaching artists and organizations providing out-of-school arts training. In the most recent grant cycle, spanning September 2015 to September 2016, the Youth Arts program awarded $196,904 to 36 artists, art/cultural organizations, youth service agencies and higher education institutions serving youth. It's estimated the funded projects will engage more than 8,300 youth in about 2,300 hours of arts training throughout the city. The funded projects were chosen from a pool of 69 eligible applicants. The average award was $5,355.

NEA Songwriters Challenge

NEA Songwriters Photo

ARTS and The 5th Avenue Theatre joined the National Endowment for the Arts and Playbill Inc. with additional support from Disney Theatrical Group, in the national Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students. In the summer of 2016, Angel Rodriguez, the winner from Seattle traveled to New York City where he participated in an intensive songwriting workshop with professional musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers to learn more about songwriting and sharpen his songwriting skills. At the end of the workshop, his original song was performed by professional musicians and singers in a final competition with judges from the music and musical theater industry.

Rodriguez was named the national winner and received a $5,000 scholarship award, and each national runner-up received $2,500. Scholarships were provided by the National Music Publishers’ Association Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters (S.O.N.G.S.) Foundation. In addition, the national winner’s song will be published by Sony/ATV.

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