Avanti wins award for arts education

Staff writerJune 5, 2014 

Avanti High School in Olympia has received the 2014 Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Award.

The award is from the nonprofit ArtsEd Washington in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals.

“Schools like Avanti demonstrate how the arts can transform the culture of a school and the experience of its students,” Una McAlinden, executive director of ArtsEd Washington, said in a news release. “Their students are gaining essential capacities for life that deepen all of their learning and prepare them for success long after graduation.”

Avanti is an alternative school that has integrated arts education throughout all subjects. It has 156 students and has twice been recognized as a School of Distinction by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“It is our view that the arts serve as the foundation for all inspiration and creativity, which are two important core values of the school,” Avanti principal Mike Velasquez said.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433

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