New Manager of Visual & Performing Arts joins Seattle Public Schools

Carri Campbell

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee welcome Carri Campbell, Seattle Public Schools District Program Manager of Visual & Performing Arts. Campbell started work July 9. She was chosen following a national search that drew candidates from as far away as Australia.

"Carri was the unanimous choice. Besides her strong background and familiarity with the Northwest education community, she is articulate and passionate," said Seattle Arts Commissioner and Education Committee Chair Deborah Semer, who served on the search committee. "We know she will be a great addition to the district's academic team, a creative leader and a voice for arts for all Seattle school students."

Campbell's appointment is a milestone in a multi-year collaboration between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools on behalf of arts education. The next step will be building and sustaining a team of four arts "coaches" who will help Campbell reach out to individual schools, support principals and teachers, and increase students' access to arts education opportunities. The first coach position, in music, is posted now on the Seattle Public Schools Web site with a closing date of July 31.

Announcing the appointment of Campbell, the school district's Chief Academic Officer Carla J. Santorno thanked the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs for its partnership and said, "We are excited to have Carri as a part of Seattle Public Schools. She has the expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm to harness the energy that exists in the Seattle arts community and to assist us in becoming an arts-rich school district equipped to provide a well-rounded education for each of our students in music, drama, dance and the arts."

Meet Carri Campbell
Strongly grounded in classroom teaching, Campbell received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Western Washington University and her master's of education in integrated curriculum from the University of Washington. As a teacher in the Mukilteo School District, she integrated the arts into daily curriculum as an instructional method and developed an after-school art program.

"The profound effect the arts had on my students' academic achievement and personal growth continues to inform my commitment to arts education and belief that all students deserve an opportunity to learn in and through the arts," said Campbell.

Campbell spent four years at Tacoma Art Museum as the associate curator of education and manager of K-12 school and teacher programs. She worked closely with school district personnel and museum staff to design educational programs that supported student academic success and integration of visual art into district curricula. She developed and implemented museum educator events, standard aligned exhibition curricula, teacher workshops, and school partnerships including Youth Connect, an intensive high school internship program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. She also oversaw Pierce County's Back to School Night, an event designed to connect public and private schools with external educational partners and support classroom content and teaching.

Before joining Seattle Public Schools, Campbell worked for ArtsEd Washington and was responsible for envisioning and implementing programs to help Washington schools meet state standards in the arts. Among the programs she managed was the Principals' Arts Leadership Initiative, a project that supports principal-led arts teams as they develop multi-year arts plans for their schools. She assessed schools' current arts education practices, designed and implemented arts professional development, connected participating schools with community cultural resources and provided ongoing support as schools implemented their plans in subsequent years. Schools involved in the Principals' Program are experiencing increased student engagement, test scores, and community participation.

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