In 2008, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Seattle Arts Commission established a partnership with Seattle Public Schools to guarantee that all Seattle students can benefit from arts education and many more will have the opportunity to develop their talents and enter our creative workforce.

This five-year initiative aims to make quality arts education accessible to every student, with a focus on lower income communities and communities of color. We advocate for arts programs across the spectrum-in dance, music, theater and visual arts. The partnership also assumes a leadership role, representing parents, communities of color, teaching artists and a range of arts organizations in support of strong arts programs as a keystone of superlative public education. And we build bridges and forge partnerships that lead to bold initiatives and promote cultural diversity.

Since this initiative began, the Office has played a critical role in advancing our charter goals. Community partnerships, equity of opportunity, professional development and increased capacity within our public schools remain central to our mission. Yet it's the outcomes-stories of children's lives and academic achievement transformed by jazz, painting, poetry-that continue to fuel this work.