The Frye Art Museum is committed to community outreach and arts education, and has decades of proven success designing, implementing, and evaluating in-depth, high-quality arts engagement programs for under-served and disadvantaged students.
Bailey Gatzert Partnership
The Frye Art Museum works in partnership with Seattle University’s Youth Initiative to present free after-school art classes to second, third, and fourth grade students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, the Frye’s neighborhood school. Student volunteers from Seattle University work closely with the Frye’s Art Educator to present a program rich in art media and processes that stimulate creativity and help the students strengthen critical thinking skills and learn to collaborate.
In 2007–10, the Frye and Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) implemented a program at Roxhill Elementary School in West Seattle–a school with high percentages of low income, minority, and English-language learning students. The program provided teachers and staff at Roxhill in-depth professional development in VTS, a student-centered, research-based teaching method that improves language, reasoning, justification, synthesis, analysis, and problem-solving through discussions of art.