Information for Schools

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Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts, and math and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems. - Michelle Obama

Schools are another vital part of our Education Project program. They fuel the need for arts related projects and workshops for children in our local community. Allied Arts is able to provide high quality arts education to more than 5000 students in four school districts.

Art is an important aspect of children’s education. Through the creative activities we have to offer, children not only learn how to think outside of the box, they are also better able to learn skills in other areas. According to a 2004 study by the Dana Arts and Cognition Consortium, interest in arts can help children with motivation and attention which in turn improve cognitive abilities.

The schools we are currently working with believe arts education is important too. Click below to watch an informative video about principal Steve Morse of Roosevelt Elementary and why he believes art is important and makes a difference at his school.

Allied Arts works hard to provide quality standard based programming. We have a rigorous selection process for our teaching artists that includes an application, a criminal history report, and interviews. This way, schools can receive the best teaching artists that Allied Arts has to offer.
Click here to read more about our teaching artists. Read a brief description of who they are and what they do. Each artist has specific lesson plans in mind.
  • A Moving Electrical Experience: Teaching Science through Movement
  • Community Art Projects, Functional Art, and Murals
  • Curriculum Integrated Theatre and Dance Programs
  • The Art of Puppetry
  • Visual Art Workshops for the Whatcom Museum Programs

  • Determine your source of funding (district offering, PTO, school funds, sponsor).
  • Choose your artist workshop from the Teaching Artist offerings in the teaching roster.
  • Contact the artist to organize workshop details OR contact AAEP to organize a residency, mural project, or community partner program.
  • Enjoy your arts education offering!
  • Advise your PTO, school, or organization that the workshop has been completed to assure proper billing.

Each project varies, but many projects can be easily competed in three hours with a starting budget of $3/child for supplies. Generally teaching artists are paid $50/hr plus supplies and a 20% coordination fee for Allied Arts.
Program Costs
Program costs include artist fees and materials and will vary depending on the program. Some offerings are subsidized by a Washington State Arts Commission Arts in Education grant. These offerings are purchased and coordinated through school districts. Other offerings may be funded by PTO’s or local sponsors and donors.

School Funding

If your school decides to use school funds for arts education, please contact us to discuss program options, service fees, funding support, and payment processes.

Grant Funding
A portion of our offerings are subsidized through a Washington State Arts Commission grant for arts in education. These offerings are developed through collaboration with participating school district curriculum directors. Invitations to participate in grant-supported offerings are generally made through school district communications channels.

Local Donor and Corporate Sponsorships
We are interested in assisting schools develop relationships with local sponsors and donors to support arts education in schools. If you are interested in cooperating to develop local sponsorship for your school or have a specific arts-based project you would like to see funded, we will be happy to work with you to find sponsorships.

For additional funding opportunities, see the ArtsEd Washington site.