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ArtsTime Celebrates 21st Anniversary
Biennial conference brings arts advocates from around the state

OLYMPIA — October 6, 2010 — Arts advocates will celebrate arts education as basic, core, academic and essential for all learners later this week.

Hundreds of artists, arts professionals, school administrators, principals, arts educators and classroom teachers from across Washington will gather Oct. 8-9 at Foster High School in Tukwila for ArtsTime, a biennial arts education conference celebrating its 21st anniversary.

This conference, whose theme is “Transforming Classrooms, Education and Lives,” will include workshops, presentations, performances and a trade show in all the key areas of arts education: dance, music, theatre, visual arts, arts advocacy, arts leadership and special education. In addition, super sessions, offered on Oct. 9, will let participants create their own projects.

The information will better equip arts educators to help students reach the state’s arts essential academic learning requirements.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has repeatedly stressed the value of arts education. “We know that arts education allows students to learn and practice skills and behaviors that foster ‘out of the box’ thinking and creative problem solving,” he said. “Those skills will be crucial to innovation in the 21st century.

“If we are dedicated to preparing all students, we must be sure that all schools have access to a well-rounded arts program. We want every student engaged, not just most. I urge all school districts to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality opportunities in arts education.”

AnnRené Joseph, conference facilitator and program supervisor for the arts in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, said that the conference will be a “transformative event” for all attendees. “This is the first ArtsTime conference to be held in the fall,” she said. “We know that the excitement and creativity generated by ArtsTime will spread across the entire state,” she said.

Mark Lewis, storyteller and professional actor, will be the keynote speaker Oct. 8. Dr. John Medina, professor and author of Brain Rules, will give the keynote Oct. 9. Dr. Lynell Burmark, inspirational speaker and author of Visual Literacy, will present a super session Oct. 9.

The conference is supported by many arts organizations, including ArtsEd Washington, Dance Educators Association of Washington, and Creative Activities/VSA Arts of Washington, Washington Alliance for Theatre Education, Washington State Thespians, Washington Art Education Association and Washington Music Educators Association.

The Arts have been an integral part of complete education for the “whole child” in Washington’s learning goals since 1993. State and federal law make the arts a core academic subject area. The arts are part of the state’s high school graduation requirements.

Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, districts began to report student assessment in the arts to the state, using the OSPI-developed Arts Performance Assessments.

For more information on the ArtsTime conference, contact AnnRené Joseph at (360) 725-6365. Registration can be completed online at or on-site.



About OSPI

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.

Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

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For More Information

What: ArtsTime 2010: “Transforming Classrooms, Education and Lives”

When: Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: Foster High School, Tukwila


Questions: AnnRené Joseph, (360) 725-6365


   Updated 10/6/2010

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