Allied Arts of Whatcom County established the Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) in 2002. This project has brought together local arts organizations, schools, artists, and art enthusiasts to provide high-quality arts education for Whatcom County students.
AAEP is committed to supporting our community develop equal access arts education programs that create cultural awareness, engage all intelligences, and promote the value of arts as basic education.We are funded in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. WE...
- HELP schools implement state art standards through classroom workshops and residencies
- TRAIN and MENTOR educators
- STRENGTHEN community partnerships
- ADVOCATE for Arts Education
Watch our 2009 grant video
What does AAEP provide?
- Arts workshops by professional Teaching Artists - Our
Teaching Artist Roster includes professional artists who are also
trained in arts education. We offer high-quality arts workshops,
residencies, and collaborative programs with local arts organizations in
dance, theatre, and visual arts.
- Artist residencies in theatre and improvisation, dance, and visual arts - Residencies
involve children in arts immersion experiences with professional
artists for 5 to 50 hours of engaging learning. Students can: make a
school mural; learn a challenging academic topic through theatre, dance,
or visual art; write and perform a play; explore the world of
movement—-or discover the joys of art in many other ways.
- Curriculum-integrated arts workshops for most subject areas - Students
gain arts skills and learn academic content through workshops in which
AAEP artists integrate art into curriculum topics as a teaching and
- Assistance creating school murals, community arts projects, functional art, and public works of art - Artists direct classroom, grade level, or even whole-school art projects in the creation
of community-building visual artworks.
- Art experiences that expand upon
program offerings by local resource organizations in art, science,
resource management, and other topics - Follow up your students’
visit to the Whatcom Museum, Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, Dance Makers assembly, or a classroom Garbology 101 resource
management workshop with a creative, hands-on AAEP experience.
- Mentoring and professional development in visual art, theatre, and dance for teachers and Professional Learning Communities - Our
specialists in arts-based professional development provide on-site
mentoring and school inservices for teachers and Professional Learning
- Assistance implementing the Arts EALRs and state-mandated Arts Classroom-Based Performance Assessments - Our lessons are based on state EALRs which are also listed on the lesson plans thatour artists provide to teachers. Trained artists lead teachers through
the CBPA process, perform an on-site demonstration of the process, or
complete a classroom assessment for your class.
- Annual Children’s Art Walk
- Display your students' art at the annual children’s art exhibit in downtown Bellingham venues. This year’s event is May 4, 2012.
Become involved by joining one of four committees:
- Help develop a local artist resource guide and a system by which to
make these resources available to schools and community groups.
- Assist with the annual Children's Art Walk in downtown Bellingham
during early May. Over 4,000 pieces of student art will be exhibited,
plus performing arts.
- Research and plan a local Arts Education Training Institute to
address the growing need for professional development in arts education.
- Support community advocacy for arts education through forums and
public events. For information call 360-676-8548 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS
Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Washington State Arts Commission, Whatcom Museum, Western Washington University, Bellingham School District, Mount Baker School District, Whatcom Community Foundation, Bellingham Arts Commission, Downtown Business Partnership, Bellingham Parks and Recreation.