Allied Arts Education Project brings art to elementary schools

Written in collaboration with Leora Watson, Western Washington University Allied Arts of Whatcom County partners with Bellingham Public Schools to bring the experience of art to children in elementary schools throughout Bellingham. The Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) was started in 2002 with a mission to expand quality arts learning opportunities for students in Whatcom…

Student taking photographs in the garden

Seesaw offers elementary families a ‘window into the classroom’

Even if “nothing” is the default answer to, “what did you do in school today?” elementary families now have snapshots from their students’ day thanks to Seesaw, a digital student portfolio available to all elementary schools. Families who sign up can see their student’s work and the communication between their student and teacher, both online…

Competition Encourages Elementary Students to Read Books They Normally Wouldn’t

Elementary school librarians created the You’ll Enjoy These Incredible Books! (YETI) Books competition to challenge students to read books from a variety of genres and to work together as a team. A year in the making. Each year school librarians from across the Pacific Northwest nominate the best, recently published novels for middle grader readers…

Students view art

Whatcom Museum Makes Art Fundamental; Offers Vibrant Programming for Area Youth

Whatcom Museum partners with Bellingham Public Schools on a variety of programming supporting arts in education. During the winter/spring exhibition of Images of Resilience: Chicano Art and its Mexican Roots at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, nearly 400 Bellingham Public Schools students participated in the “Art FUNdamentals” program. The program was a three-part educational series which included a pre-tour visit to classrooms,…