Providing access to quality arts education is fundamental to AHB’s mission. We support this goal through our award-winning Arts In Education Consortium.

Now in it’s 19th year, the Arts in Education Consortium is a network of classroom teachers, teaching artists, school administrators, and community partners working together to provide quality arts education and arts integration in classrooms on Bainbridge Island and in Suquamish.

The Arts In Education Consortium began in 1999 as a loose association of local artists and school partners figuring out how to introduce dance and theater to fifth- and sixth-graders at Sakai Intermediate School. Since then, the program has grown to serve seven schools and more than 2,200 students in grades K-8. Artists have staged a broad range of intensive workshops and residencies in poetry writing, storytelling, Native American drumming, fused glass art, cartooning, and more.

Get started by checking out the Teaching Artist Roster!

Why is arts education important?

Arts education helps students develop Studio Habits of Mind as well as 21st Century SkillsThese qualities are vital parts of a complete K-12 education. Research and experience confirm that arts education helps students develop crucial skills like critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, and that it supports learning in other core subjects. We also know that participation in the arts helps keep students in school.

How does the Arts In Education Consortium work?

The Consortium connect teachers and teaching artists and brings hands-on art experiences to island students. Relying on the information found in our Teaching Artist Roster, public school Classroom Teachers invite a Teaching Artist into the classroom to advance student learning through experiences in arts education. Teaching Artists are practicing artistic professionals with the skills and sensibilities of educators. Classroom Teachers collaborate with Teaching Artists to plan Residencies (see the step-by-step guide below). Following each Residency, we gather assessments from the Teaching Artist, the Classroom Teachers, and student participants. Finally, parents of student participants receive a letter of thanks from their child’s Teaching Artist and AHB.

Step-by-step Residency Planning

#1 Classroom Teachers consider their students’ needs and select and contact an appropriate Teaching Artist(s)

#2 Classroom Teachers confirm their Teaching Artist selection with the AIE Program Manager

#3 Teachers and artists collaborate to plan and implement a Teaching Artist Residency

#4 Communicate, assess, and reflect

Interested in participating in the Arts In Education Consortium? Already in the midst of a Residency? Get started and keep up with program documentation below!

Classroom Teachers can connect with the Teaching Artists best-suited to their students needs by referencing the Teaching Artist Roster. The 2017-2018 roster has been updated to include several new Teaching Artists and can be viewed below:

Teaching Artist Roster

The roster also includes a detailed guide as to what documentation we require and when. Use the link below to find everything you’ll need:

Residency Planning Forms & Documentation


The Arts In Education Consortium is made possible by generous grants from the Bainbridge Community Foundation and the Washington State Arts Commission, as well as a gift from Michael Milligan & Jeanne E Fund and Bainbridge Community Foundation.

For help with additional questions regarding the Arts in Education Program, please contact:

Patty Bell, Interim Program Coordinator


Anne Smart, Executive Director