Art has the capacity to change the way we understand ourselves and the people around us; it expands perspectives and leads the way to a richer appreciation of our communities and our roles within them. In order to give young people the tools they need to succeed in school, life, and our City, we must invest in their creativity. Inclusiveness is at the heart of the Office's youth development programs; in alignment with our, ARTS takes into consideration historical inequities in allocating resources across communities, to ensure these fundamental opportunities are accessible to everybody. Investing in our youth is an investment in Seattle's future.
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's arts education initiative,, works towards ensuring that arts opportunities is available to every student at every school in Seattle. The Creative Advantage is a unique public-private partnership between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), Seattle Public Schools (SPS), and The Seattle Foundation. By addressing inequities in access to the arts and restoring arts education to all Seattle classrooms, The Creative Advantage reinvests in Seattle's students and our community's economic and creative future.
The Creative Advantage operates under a set of goals that every student in every school should receive:
In 2017, ARTS continued its partnership with Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Music Commission, Seattle Office of Film + Music, and Seattle Arts Commission to produce City of Music Career Day and Career Day Roadshows. These free events provide a means for students ages 16-24 to learn about the diverse opportunities and career pathways available in the music industry. Through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance, participants were exposed to a wide range of music-related careers including performance, management, concert production, non-profit management, record label operations, retail, licensing, journalism, broadcasting, gaming, and more. The 2017 keynote speakers were local powerhouses Ben Gibbard, Sassyblack, and Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Youth Arts funds teaching artists and organizations providing out-of-school arts training. In the most recent grant cycle, spanning September 2017 to September 2018, the Youth Arts program awarded $162,000 to 25 artists, art/cultural organizations, youth service agencies and higher education institutions serving youth.