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Introduction
The Creative Advantage is a partnership between Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Public Schools to increase student access to arts learning.


The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster is a list of artists, teaching artists, and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools and receive compensation through The Creative Advantage. Arts partners from the roster provide integrated and/or cultural arts residencies for students, and/or professional development for teachers.


The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner 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.


The Roster opens for 2023 on January 10th, 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 Advisory members are Seattle Public School teacher leaders and current Roster partners. 

Deadlines for 2023 submissions in each review period:

  • Applications submitted between 1/6 and by 5 PM (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


Eligibility
Open to artists, 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.


An applicant can apply to provide integrated/cultural arts residencies for students and/or professional development opportunities for teachers. Applicants must indicate whether they want to be considered for one or both of these options. 


Application Components
All applications must be submitted online through Submittable. 


Documents to Submit:  Applicants will upload documentation of their work as an individual artist, teaching artist, or arts organization: 

  • Individual artist biography (bio) or organizational history + teaching artist biographies (bios)
  • Sample lesson plan(s) or class outline(s)
  • Work samples
  • Professional development plan (if applicable)


Narrative Questions:  Applicants will complete questions that provide information on the following: 

  • Teaching philosophy and approach
  • Equity & Access
  • Culturally responsive strategies
  • 21st Century skills development
  • Lesson plan development
  • Teacher collaboration


Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria. 


Applications for Arts Residencies for Students will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Approach & Collaboration: Clear approach and experience teaching art to young people
  • Lesson Planning: Ability to develop a lesson plan or class outline
  • Equity & Access: Experience and skills working with participants of diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; experience working with communities experiencing oppression and inclusion of culturally responsive teaching practices 
  • Integrated & Cultural Arts: Experience teaching effective integrated arts and/or cultural arts to young people
  • 21st Century Skills: Ability to articulate clear arts learning objectives and assessment criteria that include one or more 21st century skills (creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, perseverance, and growth-mindset)
  • Work Samples: Samples demonstrate abilities, experience, and/or achievements as a teaching artist or teaching artist organization


Applications for Professional Development for Teachers will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Approach & Collaboration: Clear approach and experience leading teacher professional development 
  • Professional Development Planning: Ability to articulate clear arts learning objectives for adult learners 
  • Equity & Access: Experience and skills working with participants of diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; experience working with communities experiencing oppression and inclusion of culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Integrated Arts: Ability to develop a professional development outline for teachers for integrating the arts
  • 21st Century Skills: Activities that support teachers to foster 21st century skills with students in their own classrooms
  • Work Samples: Ability to evaluate/assess and demonstrate impact of professional development on participants


Review Process
All applications and materials will be reviewed by a peer advisory panel comprised of Seattle Public Schools educators and current Creative Advantage roster partners. 


Notification of Results
All applicants will be notified of panel decisions by email, after each round of panel reviews, (end of March, end of June/early July, end of October/early November).


The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.


We’re Here to Help
Questions about this opportunity?  Contact the Arts Education Project Manager Tina LaPadula anytime - tina.lapadula@seattle.gov 


TIPS:
1.  Read the guidelines, online instructions, and, if need be, contact Submittable for any technical questions.

2.  Schedule a 1 : 1 mentoring session with the Arts Education Project Manager (Tina LaPadula - tina.lapadula@seattle.gov) for support completing the application or to talk through the basics of a class outline or learning plan.

3. Submit your application early to avoid errors or technical difficulties. Please do not wait until the last minute.


Questions about using Submittable?

Submittable maintains a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com


Additional Opportunities
The Creative Advantage is one way that the Office of Arts & Culture supports arts education and creative youth development. Join our mailing list to learn about professional development, arts funding, and innovative creative youth program opportunities.

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