Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Junior League of Seattle, Inc.
Partner Type
Profile Photo
Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
The Junior League of Seattle’s Northwest Art Project (NWAP) is the embodiment of the League’s vision: women around the world as catalysts for lasting community change. The NWAP aims to make access to original art and art education available to all students. Guided by the fact that arts learning can measurably improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork, the NWAP works to develop children’s critical thinking skills and inspire creativity through inquiry-based teaching and interaction with original works of art. The Pacific Northwest is an unusually rich source of over 83 works by local artists who have gained worldwide acclaim. It also is home to many children who have never seen an original work of art and never visited an art museum. The NWAP steps into the space between art and child, using the League’s art collection and trained volunteers to bridge the distance.  Artwork travels into local schools and is viewed through an interactive method that encourages participation and inquisitiveness.

Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
4119 East Madison Street
Address 2
(206) 324-3638

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th

Artistic Disciplines

NWAP is a visual arts program with curriculum focused on the K-8 student population.  Professional Development workshops for teachers facilitate arts-based learning in the classroom using JLS art pieces as a focal point. Freedom to imagine and make connections to what is seen is liberating and requires creativity. Viewers consider meaningful criteria such as: Did it make me see the world in a new way? Did it teach me something? Did it show me how my classmate sees the world?
Visual Art


Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
 The PD takes place over multiple weeks. The PD learning begins with an interactive 5-1⁄2 hour in-school workshop during a PD day. The first workshop is followed up by a lesson taught in the classroom by each participating teacher and / or teams of teachers. After approximately 3 weeks, the workshop participants can reconvene to debrief, review, share and strategize ways to enhance, augment and, or improve lessons. This second session is 2-3 hours in length depending on the number of participants. The workshop and embedded assignments can be made available for Clock Hours.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Teachers will learn how the study of visual art in the classroom builds listening and communication competency as well as fosters creative and critical thinking skills in their students. The workshop will demonstrate how these skills directly transfer to a variety of other subject areas that require problem solving, imagination, and creativity, most notably language arts, social studies, math and science.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
 The JLS’s NWAP strives to reach ELL and special needs students.
Testimonials from Schools
Julie Trout, Arts Specialist, John Muir Elementary Steve Marsh, Librarian, John Muir Elementary Stacy Stark, Arts Specialist, Orca K-8 Carter Kemp Librarian, Kimball Elementary Patti Christie Arts Specialist, Coe Elementary




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