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    Seahawks Donate to The Creative Advantage Program and Visual Arts
    Posted on 01/14/2020
    A group of teachers in the arts department stand together for a photo on a stage.

    Seahawks Donate $53,000 to The Creative Advantage Program and Seattle Public Schools Visual Arts

    On Thursday, January 2, 2020, the Seattle Seahawks generously donated $53,000 to The Creative Advantage, the city-wide initiative to expand equitable access to arts learning for every Seattle Public Schools student, and district visual arts.

    This donation came directly from the proceeds for eight gameday posters that the Seahawks commissioned local artists to create this football season and was presented at the Gameday Poster Celebration at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).

    These funds will purchase school arts materials for consumable items like paper, pencils, and paints, as well as non-consumables and equipment — things such as pottery wheels and kilns.

    In addition to the instructional materials the district purchases for new visual arts programs, each school has different ways of funding their annual visual arts materials, such as the school’s budget, PTA funds, or through online fundraising.

    The Seahawks Gameday Poster Series proceeds will go to schools that have the highest needs in our district. Schools will be determined using the Seattle Public Schools racial equity analysis tool and by identifying schools that have historically struggled with the expenses needed for quality visual arts programs. This will help ensure that our students furthest from educational justice will have increased access to visual arts programs and materials in their schools.

    “We’ve selected visual arts since the proceeds are coming from artists for arts education,” Gail Sehlhorst, visual and performing arts program manager, said. “It’s very rare that we get donations for visual arts, so this is a good opportunity to move toward educational justice for students that deserve high-quality materials and learning experiences.”

    One of the Seahawk posters with an illistrated football player The poster series was created as an opportunity for fans to purchase limited-edition posters with unique artwork that depicts each one of the team’s 2019 regular season home games against opposing teams. The local artists who created these one-of-a-kind posters included Coby Shultz, Shawn Wolfe, Jeff Kleinsmith, Barry Ament, Gnartoons, Stacey Rozich, Don and Ryan Clark, and Preston Singletary. Each poster sold for $25, and can be viewed on the Seattle Seahawks website.

    Seattle Public Schools appreciates the Seattle Seahawks and local artists for donating the proceeds of these stunning posters to The Creative Advantage and our visual arts programs!

    The Creative Advantage, a coordinated network between the district, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the Seattle Foundation, and more than 100 community arts partners, strives to ensure that all students have access to high-quality arts education programs. This generous donation will directly benefit our students who are furthest from educational justice. That feels like a touchdown!

    Read more about arts education and The Creative Advantage at Seattle Public Schools.

    The Creative Advantage helps support our five-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, by providing increased arts access to our students furthest from educational justice. Read more about Seattle Excellence.