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Meridian Park Elementary, Shoreline School District, sound recording for Shoreline Transfer Station artwork by Carol dePelecyn, 2006

Meridian Park Elementary, Shoreline School District
Sound recording for Shoreline Transfer Station, artwork by Carol dePelecyn © 2006

4Culture's Cultural Education program promotes and advocates for comprehensive and sequential arts and heritage instruction throughout King County's 19 public school districts. We work with local and statewide partners to fund long-term programs that aim for maximum impact of cultural education in our schools. Additionally, our public art education program uses an experiential and interactive approach to educate and inform youth, students, and people of all ages about the process and importance of art in the public realm.

ArtsEd Washington - The Principals' Project

Student at Carnation Elementary, a PAL Alumni school, in the Riverview School District Caroline Brumfield In 2003 4Culture began a new partnership with ArtsEd Washington (formerly the Washington Alliance for Arts Education) to raise the level of advocacy and capacity for school leadership to integrate the arts across the curriculum. Through this partnership ArtsEd Washington developed and launched the Principals' Project, a three year mentorship program, to train and support elementary school principals from all King County school districts along with their key staff and community members; and to learn about methods and ways to integrate standards-based arts learning into their schools. The partnership continues to expand and with new resources for curriculum development and a database of community arts organizations.

For more information, contact Charlie Rathbun at 206 263.1607

Students at Carnation Elementary, Riverview School District © Caroline Brumfield | Principals' Project alumni school

HistoryLink Education Initiative

Image from website 2009 courtesy of History Link In a two-year initiative, Heritage 4Culture partnered with, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, to develop and post a Web resource especially tailored for educators and students. The education project features classroom-ready K – 12 curricula, listings of professional opportunities for educators, and links to other heritage materials and programs.

For more information, contact Brian Carter at 206 263.1586

Image from website © 2009 courtesy of History Link

Heritage Education Papers

4Culture offers a variety of educational resources that support applicants to the Heritage Cultural Education program, as well as other educational programs and activities relating to King County history and heritage.

Heritage Education Resources

Provides a list of links to on-line education curricula and other resources about King County history and heritage. [pdf]

Heritage Curriculum Resources

4Culture houses a sizeable collection of curriculum resources, project plans, educational publications, videos, and other materials in its Resource Room. [pdf]

Maritime Heritage Education Resources

Provides a list of maritime heritage educational resources, including online curricula, materials, resource organizations, publications and programs pioneered in the region. [pdf]

The ABCs of the CBAs

Provides background on the classroom based assessments (CBAs) and how heritage organizations and specialists can develop education resources to address them [pdf]

Collaboration With Heritage Groups Can Support High Performing Schools

Explains how collaborations between heritage organizations and schools can support five of the 9 Characteristics of High Performing Schools as defined by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. [pdf]

Heritage Resources Can Support Research Based Professional Development

Describes how Heritage Organization resources can support "research based effective practices in professional development" for teachers as defined by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). [pdf]

Public Art Education Initiative

Waste, videography by Steve McGehee, editing by Sammamish students Begun in 2007, the Public Art Education Initiative highlights the artworks in the King County Public Art Collection and their creators. Student-made videos on public artworks; artist interviews; best practices for artists and administrators: all of this and more is available online in audio, video and resource libraries on Threads.

For more information, contact Brennan Jernigan at 206 263.1587

University of Washington Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium © 2010 | UW Cultural Geography students


Image courtesy of the Des Moines Historical Society Public Art 4Culture reaches out to the education community to partner on research projects, visit classrooms and lend professional support. In a partnership with the University of Washington's Geography department, now in its second year, students explore the cultural geography of RapidRide bus lines throughout the county. Research is archived online as a resource for artists and the general public.

For more information, contact Brennan Jernigan at 206 263.1587

Big Tree Inn, De Moines Highway © Des Moines Historical Society | UW Cultural Geography students


2011 intern Alethia WittmanPublic Art offers two administrative internships annually (Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall). We also periodically offer work-study positions and internships for students attending Cornish, UW, Seattle University, and other regional institutions. Interns have assisted with maintaining our online opportunities resource, digital asset management, collection surveys, and creating outreach materials. Both interns and staff learn from our work together.

For more information, contact Brennan Jernigan at 206 263.1587

Alethia Wittman, University of Washington Museology Program © 2011 | Public Art intern