Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture: Links to Other Data Sites
As Communities Count re-evaluates its Arts & Culture indicators, this page offers access to other sites that provide data (or interesting perspectives) on Arts & Culture in King County, Seattle, and/or Washington State.
- Legislation: In 2004, Washington State passed a law requiring comprehensive, sequential, standards-based instruction in all arts disciplines, taught by highly qualified instructors, accessible to all students, and assessed in 2008-09 and beyond, with results reported to OSPI. Arts graduation requirement started with the graduating Class of 2012.
- ArtsEd Washington works to advance and increase arts education in K-12 schools in Washington, and provides links to research reports, including a 2012 national report that found a persistent equity gap in the availability of arts education.
- Information about arts education
- Arts Facts...SAT Scores and the Arts (2008)
- Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement (2008)
- Ten Lessons the Arts Teach by Elliot Eisner (2002)
- The Arts Education Research Initiative (Washington State Arts Commission)
- Seattle Public Schools Survey of District Arts Activity (2009)
- Arts education projects in King County that address inequities and/or focus on youth or underserved populations:
- The VERA PROJECT “fosters a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning, and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people (ages 14-24).”
- Arts Corps “unlocks the creative power of youth through arts education and community collaboration so that all young people have the courage to imagine and freedom to create a just and vibrant future.” Data on effectiveness of Art Corps participation are presented and include indicators such as school absences and academic performance.
- PATH with Art harnesses the power of the creative process as a unique means for personal growth, building community and a road to stability. Started by teaching art at homeless shelters.
- REEL GRRLS, the first media arts center for girls in the U.S., “empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production.” Media arts and leadership training program for girls ages 9-19.
- Keeping the Faith – The Prison Project is an art-based educational residency program that enables incarcerated women and girls to discover a sense of identity … through performance, video documentation and a published anthology of their writings.”
- Arts education in Washington communities
- Puget Sound Regional Council’s Prosperity Partnership has created a Cultural Access Fund
- Economic Vitality: How the Arts and Culture Sector Catalyzes Economic Vitality (2013)
- An Economic Impact Study of Arts, Cultural, and Scientific Organizations in King County: 2009 by William B. Beyers, University of Washington. Released January, 2011.
- Arts and Economic Prosperity (Americans for the Arts, 2012)
- Arts and the Economy (NGA, 2009)
- Creative Assets and the Changing Economy (Steven Jay Tepper, Journal of Arts, Management and Law, 2002)
- Creative Vitality in Washington State: 2010 Update: A report on the overall health of the State of Washington’s arts-related creative economy. The report compares data from 2006, 2007, and 2008. “Seattle-King County” is one of 12 workforce development areas (the smallest geographic breakdown in the report).
- Cultural Vitality in Communities (Urban Institute, 2008)
- From Creative Economy to Creative Society (Social Impact of the Arts Project, 2008)
- Governors Look to Arts, Culture and Design to Boost Economic Growth (National Governors Association, 2012)
- Rise of the Creative Class (Richard Florida)
- Thrive. The Skills Imperative (US Council on Competitiveness, 2008)
- 4Culture is the cultural services agency for King County.
- Seattle Office of Arts & Culture supports public art, arts education, and cultural opportunities; annual reports are produced.
- Shunpike’s mission is “to fuel innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership, and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds.” Serves arts groups and projects across Washington State.
- Washington State Arts Commission nurtures the arts in Washington State by speaking up for the public value of the arts, building arts leadership, strengthening arts education, documenting the impact of the arts in communities, building participation in the arts, acquiring and caring for artwork in the State Art Collection.
- Seattle and the Challenges of a New Arts Age (Ben Cameron, Program Director, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation)
- Why Should Government Support the Arts? (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 2011)