Creative Schools Initiative


Arts Corps has completed a two-year pilot of the Creative Schools Initiative (CSI) at two Seattle schools that are committed to enhancing student learning and school culture through the arts: Orca K-8 and Madrona K-8 middle schools. Initial findings from this pilot show increases in self and teacher-reported student engagement, arts skills and academic mindsets.

In the 2014-15 academic year, both schools are continuing their work with a resident teaching artist, Nate Herth, whose role is to work in collaboration with classroom teachers. Together they create and co-teach integrated units of instruction that are rooted in student inquiry and build their students’ creative and critical thinking skills.

Hear what students from Madrona K-8 have to say about their academic and creative development as participants in the program:

Students Reflect on CSI by Amy Piñon

This program has been made possible due to leadership investments from:

  • Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
  • Musician Dave Matthews
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Boeing Company
  • Laird Norton Family Foundation
  • The MetLife Partners in Arts Education Program funded by MetLife Foundation and administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education
  • Medina Foundation