Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students. --National Arts Education Association
PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS: Why arts education? The ability to learn through the arts develops the necessary knowledge, skills, and creative abilities all students need for success in school, work, and life. As school teachers, you play a key role in ensuring each student attains a high-level arts education as a component of a holistic education program. With shrinking budgets and divergent priorities, these non-profit organizations are willing to collaborate with you to keep arts education strong in your schools.
CLICK HERE to view our list of Arts Education Programs.
TEACHING ARTISTS: A teaching artist is a professional artist who shares his or her expertise and experience with students. Teaching artists work in close collaboration with a certified educator who maintains the primary responsibility for classroom learning and assessment. You need to align Common Core Standards to your music curriculum? Arts Education programs are tailor-made to meet those requirements through the professional services of these listed teaching artists.
CLICK HERE to view our list of Individual Teaching Artists.
ARTS EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS: Bainbridge Island arts education providers are motivated by the idea of every child having access to—and participating in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts. Each organization believes that education in the arts allows students to cultivate the critical thinking, collaborative and creative skills vital to success in today's evolving global economies. Explore the arts education opportunities offered by each organization.
CLICK HERE to view our list of Arts Education Providers.
ADULTS: If you are an adult looking for a class, please refer to the main Currents Online site under classes. Instruction offered in the Arts Education tab refers to classes taught K through 12.
CLICK HERE to view our list of Adult Classes.
"We connect the mosaic tiling to geometry (area, perimeter, and spatial reasoning). One of the greatest parts of this is seeing the kids who are typically more "right brained" shine and lead the class. This taps into areas of the brain that a majority of the kids are not used to using. Starting with a smaller tile and then using the larger one is a great way to scaffold the activity."
- Erin Graham, Susan Knottnerus, Ordway 3rd grade Classroom Teachers, describing Resident Teaching Artist Tim Lowell
"…because it allows ALL students to have an opportunity to explore dance, as some of our students might not get that chance otherwise…they learned that they can express themselves and their creativity in many different ways… so important to their overall development and appreciation of their capabilities."
- Megan Berg Blakely Elementary Kindergarten Classroom Teacher, describing Resident Teaching Artist Gary Reed
“My favorite part was all of it. She was so good, I didn’t want her to go.“
- Zoey (3rd Grade), Wilkes Elementary Classroom Teacher, describing Resident Teaching Artist Vicky Edmonds
“Something new to me was learning I can move my body like a sea creature.”
- Cypress (2nd Grade), Wilkes Elementary Classroom Teacher, describing Resident Teaching Artist Karen Harp-Reed