VTS in the Pacific Northwest
Since Fall of 2006, VTS has been building a strong network of schools and museums to deeply impact the lives of educators and students. The following are highlights of our programs throughout the region:
- Through a formal partnership with the Frye Art Museum, hundreds of teachers, gallery guides, parent docents and educators have been and continue to be trained in VTS. Together we are providing long term professional development to teachers at Roxhill Elementary School and the Arts and Academics Academy. Our first whole school partnership was with Roxhill Elementary School from 2007-2010. Watch here to learn about our work together with the Frye and Roxhill. Click here to watch a video of our collaboration.
- Other schools integrating VTS in the Seattle area include Larrabee Elementary School (Bellingham School District), Highland Terrace Elementary School (Shoreline School District), the Island School (Bainbridge Island), St Benedict School (Seattle), Arts and Academics Academy (Highline School District) and University Child Development School (Seattle).
- VTS whole school implementation programs continue to grow in Portland, Oregon. Currently, Laurelhurst K-8, Rosa Parks Elementary, Ockley Green Arts & Technology K-8 and Forest Park Elementary are engaged in the 3-year training process.
- VTS has been adopted by several schools in Portland that represent a diverse group preK through 8th grade students. VTS-inspired field trips to Portland Art Museum and The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene have enriched the program.
- In the Fall of 2008, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, WA began a VTS school program, piloting the 3 year professional development program with the entire staff at Garfield Elementary School. The museum continues to offer other VTS professional development opportunities in the region through workshops and institutes.
- Other museums that use VTS in their programming include the Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA) the Museum of Northwest Art (LaConner, WA), the Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA), the Schnitzer Museum (Eugene, OR).
- Through creative programming, VTS now reaches a wide range of range of audiences including medical students and residents at the University of Washington, environmental science educators, and Microsoft employees.