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Please contact us with interest in booking one of our amazing Teaching Artists in your school today!!

Mission statement

To provide high quality, standard based arts education to children in our local community through the help of participating schools, Parent-Teacher Organizations, teaching artists, and supporting partner businesses.

Our program goals

  • To continue to collaborate with artists, local businesses, parents, teachers, and schools and strengthen the bonds between them.
  • To provide high-quality, state standards-based arts education
  • To advocate for arts education in schools and our local communities
  • To help children learn academic and creative skills through art

What we provide

Residencies involve arts immersion experiences for children through 5-50 hours of engaged learning with professional artists. Through these residencies, students are able to make a school mural; learn an academic topic through dance, theatre, or visual art; write and perform a play; or explore the world of movement.
Each year during the month of May, Allied Arts presents the annual Children’s Art Walk. This event allows local students to display their works of art in participating business venue windows. Display your students’ art at the next upcoming annual children’s art exhibit in downtown Bellingham!
Our teaching artists can help to direct classroom, grade level, or even whole-school art projects in the creation of community-building visual artworks.
Students are able to gain arts skills and learn academic content through our Allied Arts Education Project workshops. Our teaching artists help to integrate art into important curriculum topics.
Our specialists in arts-based professional development provide on-site mentoring and school inservices for teachers and Professional Learning Communities.
Our lessons are based on state EALRs which are also listed on the lesson plans that our artists provide to teachers. Trained artists lead teachers through the Classroom-Based Performance Assessment process, perform an on-site demonstration of the process, or complete a classroom assessment for your class.
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.

Our partners

AAEP has partnered with Parent-Teacher Organizations and the Bellingham, Ferndale, Meridian, and Mount Baker school districts. Cooperative planning with district personnel and local arts organizations has deepened the understanding of educational needs allowing AAEP to create well-planned, broad-based arts offerings that have significant impact on our children’s arts education. Arts organization community and supporting partnerships include those with the Bellingham Arts Commission, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, Downtown Bellingham Partnership, the Family Interactive Gallery, the historic Mount Baker Theater, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, the Spark Museum for Electrical Invention, Washington State Arts Commission, Western Washington University, Whatcom Community Foundation, Whatcom Museum, and the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra. These collaborations allow us to build strong, more comprehensive arts education for Whatcom County students.