Northwest NEWS

June 21, 1999

School

Schools receive grants for arts programs

   Art supplies will be a top item on those back-to-school lists next fall, as more than 52,000 students in 85 schools return to classrooms filled with drawing, painting, dance, and music, thanks to the latest round of Cultural Education grants from King County.

   On June 7, the Metropolitan King County Council approved spending $418,500 in hotel-motel tax revenues on 62 different arts projects. All are part of the county's Cultural Education Program, which provides grants to organizations and individuals to work with teachers and schools to integrate cultural studies into the curriculum.

   "As a former music teacher, I know how important the arts can be in a child's life," said Council Chair Louise Miller. The total amount includes $22,561 for schools in the Northshore School District.

   "Studies have concluded that first graders who participate in music and visual arts classes demonstrate dramatically higher reading and mathematics abilities compared to students without this enhanced curriculum," said Councilmember Maggi Fimia.

   Since its inception in 1990, the Cultural Education Program has reached students in all 19 school districts in King County. Projects in the Northshore area for 1999-2000 include: