The Creative Advantage is a is a partnership between Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Public Schools to increase student access to arts learning.
The Community Arts Partner Roster consists of individual teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through The Creative Advantage. Community Arts Partners collaborate with schools to provide:
- Student Art Residencies
- Teacher Professional Development
Please Note - An applicant can apply to lead student arts residencies and/or teacher professional development.
The roster is maintained by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture as a resource for schools seeking partners to help them meet their arts education equity goals.
Open to teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions serving students, teachers, and schools in Seattle with three (3) or more years of teaching experience. Applicants must be over the age of 18.
The Community Arts Partner Roster Application Process will open on January 10, 2023, and will stay open for new partners to apply. Applications will be vetted and approved by a panel of Creative Advantage Advisors three times annually (March, June, October). Roster Advisory members are Seattle Public School teacher leaders and current Roster partners.
Deadlines for 2023 submissions in each review period:
- Applications submitted between 1/10 and by 5 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) 2/28 will be reviewed during the March review cycle
- Applications submitted between 3/1 and by 5 PM (PST) 6/13 will be reviewed during the June review cycle
- Applications submitted between 6/14 and by 5 PM (PST) 10/10 will be reviewed during the October review cycle
An applicant can apply to provide both student art residencies and/or professional development opportunities for teachers and will have the option to indicate that on the application.
- Documents to Submit: Applicants will upload documentation of their work as a teaching artist or arts organization (Bio; Lesson Plan; Professional Development Outline; Work Samples).
- Narrative Questions: Applicants will complete questions that provide information on the following: teaching philosophy and approach, equity, culturally responsive strategies, 21st century skills development, lesson plan development, and teacher collaboration.
For questions about the program or help with the online application, or for 1-on-1 mentoring on lesson plan creation please contact the Arts Education Project Manager, Tina LaPadula.
2023 Virtual Info Sessions
Session 1 : Friday, January 20, 10 AM (PST)
Session 2: Friday, April 28, 10 AM (PST)
Session 3: Friday, Sept 29, 10 AM (PST)
The application is submitted online in Submittable, and is available through the City of Seattle’s grant portal, Submittable.
This recording from a past info session contains some helpful context.
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