Youth Arts Education

EAC partners in a variety of efforts to encourage youth arts education:

  • Partnership with the Edmonds School District to support the program in Edmonds K-12 public schoolsArtist in Residence
  • Partnership with Edmonds Center for the Arts to promote and support youth and family oriented presentation/workshop annually
  • Special classes/arts participation opportunities presented periodically in partnership with organizations such as the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Edmonds School District, and Edmonds Sno-Isle Library, e.g. the banners created by Edmonds Woodway High School students for the Teen Reading area in the Library.
Photo of 'Teen' poster in library.

In addition, to recognize and encourage high school age visual artists, the Arts Commission curates the Young Artists Display Case in the Frances Anderson Center for group or solo exhibits of art by young artists. Funding for the display case was donated by the McDevitt family. Contact eacinfo@edmondswa.gov for information on how to arrange a show.

Best Book Poster Contest

Import 052212 073Focused on encouraging both the literary and visual arts, the Commission has partnered with the Friends of the Edmonds Library (FEL) since 1997 to present the Best Book I Ever Read Poster Contest for third graders every year in May (formerly November). Posters are judged by a panel including one Arts Commissioner, one member of the FEL and one Library Media Specialist from the schools. The 20 outstanding and 20 honorable mention entries are exhibited in the Frances Anderson Center main hall for the month. Outstanding awardees receive a gift certificate for the Edmonds Bookshop from the Friends of the Edmonds Library. The reception includes a presentation by an author or illustrator of children’s books sponsored by the Arts Commission.

Photo of two schoolboys looking at poster art.