Since its inception in 2002, the primary purpose of the Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) has been to provide Whatcom County schools with professionally taught arts education projects. Each year our program conducts workshops in dance, theatre and the visual arts in the Bellingham schools and throughout Whatcom County. We align our arts lessons with the common core state standards and the core curriculum. We serve approximately 8,000 students annually. The project supports our educational community by helping to develop equal access to art education programs. This creates cultural awareness, engages multiple intelligences and promotes the value of arts as basic education.
AAEP has strengthened community relationships by partnering with Parent-Teacher Organizations, local school districts, and other supporting businesses. Cooperative planning with these 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. We would like to continue to deepen our relationship with consortium partners and others in order to continue expanding our programs.
Additionally, Allied Arts hosts the Children’s Art Walk each year which provides children with a chance to display their wonderful works of art in businesses throughout downtown Bellingham.
In an effort to meet the needs of our community, current programming outside the schools includes:
- Dementia Support NW Zoom Art Sessions
- Veterans Program (pending)
- Pre-recorded art sessions and lesson plans on our website to support at-home learning.