Proposal to Boost Funding for Arts, Science and Heritage Education and Access will Appear on August King County Ballot

Proposal to Boost Funding for Arts, Science and Heritage Education and Access will Appear on August King County Ballot
​In August, King County voters will have the chance to boost funding for arts, science and heritage education and access.Today the King County Council voted 7-2 to place Access for All on the August 2017 ballot. "I'm incredibly grateful the county council is sending this important issue to voters," said Manuel Cawaling, executive director of Youth ...

Kent Reporter: Kent Elementary students complete hands-on science program with Woodland Park Zoo

Kent Reporter: Kent Elementary students complete hands-on science program with Woodland Park Zoo
Originally published in the Kent Reporter. The Woodland Park Zoo just completed a five-month-long partnership with Kent Elementary School to provide students with hands-on science education, teaching students about conservation and local wildlife. The program – called Ready, Set, Discover – could be expanded to more schools through Access for All, ...

Proposed County Ballot Measure Would Boost Funding for Science and History Education

Proposed County Ballot Measure Would Boost Funding for Science and History Education
Today a group of science and history education organizations gathered at the Seattle Aquarium to urge the King County Council's support for Access for All, a ballot initiative proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine that would provide increased funding for arts, science and heritage education for King County students. The proposal, now be...

Advocates for Arts, Science and Heritage Access and Education Applaud Council Introduction of Countywide “Access For All” Legislation

Advocates for Arts, Science and Heritage Access and Education Applaud Council Introduction of Countywide “Access For All” Legislation
Leaders of King County's arts, science and heritage organizations today praised introduction of the "Access For All" levy package by Executive Dow Constantine to the King County Council. If passed by Council and approved by voters, the levy will raise dedicated funding to expand educational opportunities and local investments in programs, performan...

Stranger: Can the Arts Address Seattle's Homelessness Crisis in a Meaningful Way? Seattle Symphony Is Trying

Stranger: Can the Arts Address Seattle's Homelessness Crisis in a Meaningful Way? Seattle Symphony Is Trying
Originally published in The Stranger. A t last count, about 3,000 people sleep on the streets of Seattle every night. Thousands more live in transitional or insecure housing, while others couch surf or sleep in cars. Anyone with two eyes, a heart, and a view of a tent city wants to do something about our housing crisis, which only grows more vexing...

NPR: Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder Of Modern Neuroscience

NPR: Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder Of Modern Neuroscience
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NPR: Finding Words in Paint: How Artists See Dyslexia

NPR: Finding Words in Paint: How Artists See Dyslexia
Originally aired on NPR. We know lots of facts about dyslexia: It's the most common reading disorder. It changes the way millions of people read and process information. But we know much less about how it feels to people who have it. How it shapes your self-image, your confidence and how people see and react to you. And so I reached out to some rea...

HeadLINES: Valuing Diversity in Art

HeadLINES: Valuing Diversity in Art
Originally published in HeadLINES, the official blog of Alonzo King LINES Ballet. From the LINES website: "The Discovery Project addresses ways to use dance to bridge gaps created by diversity of experience, perspective, culture, and socioeconomic background." I love that as a faculty we are able to bridge some of those gaps in large part because w...

Crosscut: Artists ponder how to avoid Seattle’s own ‘Ghost Ship’

Crosscut: Artists ponder how to avoid Seattle’s own ‘Ghost Ship’
Originally published in Crosscut. In the aftermath of the tragic "Ghost Ship" fire, which swept through a warehouse-turned-underground-arts-space in Oakland, California, killing 36 people, Seattle's arts community is wondering if that could happen here. After all, many blame Oakland's fierce rental market for forcing artists out of legal spaces and...

Seattle Times: Tap dancing is a joyful way to exercise

Seattle Times: Tap dancing is a joyful way to exercise
Originally published in The Seattle Times. As soon as I heard the sharp clicketyclack of my teacher's tap shoes on the floor, I was smitten. People look joyful when tap dancing for a reason. Dancing boosts energy. Add in the satisfying, rhythmic clicking sound that amplifies when people dance together, and even the least coordinated dancers will su...

Seattle Times: Seattle Symphony brings homelessness inside the concert hall

Seattle Times: Seattle Symphony brings homelessness inside the concert hall
Originally published in The Seattle Times. Never before has an American symphony orchestra given the homeless equal billing with Charles Ives and Ludwig van Beethoven. But this week, homelessness takes center stage in Benaroya Hall during a performance of Ives' "New England Holidays" (aka "Holidays" Symphony), as part of a Seattle Symphony initiati...