Federal Way Public Schools launches Scholar Art in the City Initiative

New program places student art on display in local organizations and businesses.

Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) has launched the Scholar Art in the City initiative to showcase the artistic talents of scholars in local businesses and organizations.

The district will partner with businesses and organizations to feature artwork created by FWPS elementary, middle, and high school scholars. The pieces will be wall art displayed in businesses and organizations throughout the local area, rotating on a quarterly basis.

Scholar Art in the City aims to showcase the work of FWPS scholars and the rich tradition of arts in the district.

A variety of courses in art, choral and instrumental music, and drama are offered in FWPS schools. Arts and Communications is one of Federal Way Public Schools’ five Career Pathways.

This pathway includes courses in the visual arts, photography, and video/TV production. Several career options in this pathway include computer animation, graphic design, fashion design, and videography.

FWPS bands and choirs are consistently recognized at various competitions throughout the state and country including middle school all-state band, choir and orchestra competitions. Federal Way high schools have participated in the Valley Region Large Ensemble Band Contest and the Anaheim Heritage Festival of Music earning accomplishments in multiple categories.

“The arts are important because they build life skills by creating a venue for scholars to think about how they might express themselves,” said Dr. Tammy Campbell, FWPS superintendent, in a press release. “These memorable experiences deepen scholars’ understanding around some of the big ideas and concepts they are being taught in school every day. We know that schools can’t do it alone, and I’m excited to launch this arts initiative with our community partners.”

This initiative aligns with the district’s strategic plan Goal 3, Active Learners: Engaged, Empowered, Critical Thinkers.

If your business or organization is interested in participating, contact Shawn Simpson, executive director of teaching for learning at SSimpson@fwps.org, or Dan Dizon, executive, director of human resources & community outreach at ddizon@fwps.org.