Vashon Artists in Schools

Vashon Artists in SchoolsLeaves of ChautauquaDrawing teaches us to see. Artist Rose Belknap and teacher Frank Daniels partner in "Leaves of the Chautauqua Forest" with 3rd graders (l to r) Rumor Pollard, John DiChiara, Jacob Bowden, Payton Venturi, Rachael Freebourn.Chautauqua Kids GardenTeacher Geri Wilson and her students celebrate their beautiful new Chautauqua Kids Garden sign.Three Multi-Age teachers, together with Artist Kristen Reitz-Green and 68 students, designed and built three mosaic projects for the garden, using recycled colored glass, mirror and other objects.

Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS) is a collaboration between Vashon Allied Arts and the Vashon Island School District. The mission of VAIS is to build upon and enhance curriculum in the arts across all subject areas by providing students and teachers with enriching and challenging multidisciplinary learning opportunities. VAIS is in its 26th year of successfully supporting comprehensive arts education, serving over 1500 students per year and funding approximately 20 residency projects.

VAIS invites teachers K-12 to partner with professional regional artists for classroom-based residencies, public art projects, and teacher mentorships. The current program deadline is November 10, 2014. A committee, including staff-members from Vashon Allied Arts and the Vashon Island School District, will make funding decisions in early December. Program residencies range from 10-40 hours and take place between January and May.

Teacher Application 2014-2015

All K-12 Vashon Island School District teachers are eligible to apply for a VAIS Curriculum-Based Classroom Residency, an Artist/Teacher Mentorship and/or a Public Art Project.

Download Teacher Application

Artist Roster

The VAIS Roster is a resource for teachers, offering a list of selected professional artists, residency ideas, and professional background information. Artists wishing to teach through VAIS are invited to apply at any time.

Click here for the Artist Roster

Teaching Artists include: Liz Lewis, Barbara Gustafson, Laurel Boyajian, Carolyn Candy, Kristen Reitz-Green, Ivonne Escobar de Kommer, Roxy Hathaway, Nancy Scott-Wienker, Christine Juarez, Martha Enson, Ray Pfortner, Mik Kuhlman, Elizabeth Ripley, Tom Pruiksma, Greg McElroy and Ann Leda.

For more information about how to get involved with VAIS, please contact Program Manager Holly Houston at

The National Endowment for the Arts has nationally recognized VAIS as a model for integrated arts education. Funding for VAIS is provided by Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA, Vashon Island School District, Vashon Allied Arts, Vashon Partners in Education (PIE), Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), and private donors.