Vashon Artists in Schools
Enter our Island’s public schools and bask in the glow – the beauty, discipline and imagination of the arts. Since 1988, Vashon Allied Arts and Vashon Island School District have worked together to build arts programs in our public schools.
A cornerstone of this innovative partnership is Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS). Through this program, Vashon teachers bring local artists into classrooms to enhance their curriculum. Artists provide residencies in visual, performing, literary and media arts. Artists mentor teachers to build knowledge and explore new teaching strategies. Students gain valuable skills and unlock expressive pathways to learning. The entire Vashon Island community celebrates the ways VAIS enriches and challenges our students and teachers and its supreme value as part of our Island’s educational system.
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. Deadline for VAIS Applications is Nov. 8, 2013. Most projects must be completed between January-June, 2014. We invite VISD teachers to plan a VAIS project by clicking on the two links below:
A list of Vashon and regional professional artists who have been selected to teach in K-12 classrooms in Vashon Island Public Schools, the VAIS Roster is a resource for teachers who select artist partners for classroom residencies. VAIS also offers Artist/Teacher Mentorship Opportunities. Artists wishing to teach through VAIS are invited to apply at any time.
Read the Narrative: “Student Learning in 3 VAIS Projects” and then watch the video:
For more information about how to get involved, please contact VAIS coordinator, Pamela McMahan, 206-817-8731 or email Pam
Vashon Artists in Schools is nationally recognized by the NEA and provides a model program for other communities. Funding support is provided by National Endowment for the Arts/ArtWorks, Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA, Vashon Island School District, Vashon Allied Arts, Vashon Partners in Education (PIE), Vashon Community PTSA and private donors.
Click here to view memorial page to Geoff Johns, beloved teacher, instructor and friend of VAIS.