APPLY: Community Arts Partner Roster

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, with funds provided by The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Community Arts Partners collaborate with schools to provide:  

  1. Student Art Residencies 
  1. 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 Roster application is open, and will stay open year-round for new artists, teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions to apply. Applications will be vetted and approved by Creative Advantage Advisors, through a panel process three times annually (March, June, October). Roster Advisors are Seattle Public School teacher leaders and current Roster partners. 

Review Deadlines:

  • Applications submitted between 10/11/23 and by 5 PM (PST) 3/1/24 will be reviewed during the March review cycle
  • Applications submitted between 3/1/24 and by 5 PM (PST) 6/7/24 will be reviewed during the June review cycle
  • Applications submitted between 6/7/24 and by 5 PM (PST) 10/11/24 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.

Application Components

  • Documents to Submit: Applicant will be prompted to upload Bio or resume; Sample Lesson Plan; Work Samples.
  • Narrative Questions: Applicants will be prompted to complete questions that provide information on the following: teaching philosophy and approach, equity + culturally responsive strategies, 21st century skills, lesson plan development, and teacher collaboration.

For questions about the program, help with the online application, or to set up a 1-on-1 mentoring session, please contact the Arts Education Project Manager, Tina LaPadula.

Guidelines + Application

The guidelines and application are available online through the City of Seattle’s grant portal, Submittable. Follow the link below for more information.

Additional Resources

This recording from a past info session contains some helpful context.

The Creative Advantage is one of many ways that the Office of Arts & Culture supports arts education and creative youth development. Join the mailing list to learn about professional development, arts funding, and other creative youth program opportunities.