Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Wednesday, February 5 – about your Seattle Seahawks:
Gameday Poster Series Proceeds Going The Extra Mile For Seattle Arts Students
Every regular-season home game and the divisional playoff game against the Packers, a couple hundred fans took home a one-of-a-kind poster thanks to the new Seahawks Gameday Poster Series. The Seahawks partnered with renowned Pacific Northwest artists, the Ames Bros, to curate the collection and select the local artists to design each poster. But the first-year program was a hit for more than just 12s and the impact goes far beyond gameday.
Over $60,000 was raised for The Creative Advantage Foundation through the Gameday Poster Series to advance their mission of establishing equal access to arts learning for every Seattle Public Schools student. As the proceeds go into action, we caught up with Gail Sehlhorst from The Creative Advantage to hear just how far this year's Poster Series can go in furthering arts education in Seattle.
"Funding from the Seahawks Gameday Poster Series will go directly to schools, so they can purchase art materials for consumables like paper, paint, clay, glaze, as well as non-consumables and equipment like pottery wheels and kilns," said Selhorst, the visual and performing arts manager at Seattle Public Schools. "It's very rare that we get donations for visual arts, so this is a good opportunity to move toward educational justice for students that deserve high-quality materials and learning experiences."
Selhorst cited how many Seattle elementary, middle, and high schools struggle to meet the needs of their visual arts programs. The Gameday Poster Series funds will begin to be part of the solution by going to the schools with a history of struggling to meet expenses for quality art materials.
Using the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Equity Index, The Creative Advantage will ensure the schools most in need will receive funds. This week, a survey will go out to these schools to determine the need and equip budgets so they can begin to make purchases for students.
"Access to arts education is critical," Selhorst said. "National research shows that students who have an arts education are more engaged in school, do better academically, are more likely to graduate, and are more civically engaged as adults. The arts teach students to take risks, think creatively and critically, work collaboratively, and persevere through challenges – all things we want and need to thrive as individuals and to strengthen our communities."
The Seahawks surprised The Creative Advantage with this season's donation at an end-of-year reception celebrating the artists, the Ames Bros, and the teams that made the program possible. For Selhorst, meeting the artists and hearing about their creative process behind the posters was an inspiring example for Seattle students.
"I want students to know that careers in the arts are possible," Selhorst said. "The posters are an example of what can happen with a background in visual arts."
Special thanks to local artists Coby Shultz, Shawn Wolfe, Jeff Kleinsmith, Barry Ament, Gnartoons, Stacey Rozich, Don and Ryan Clark, and Preston Singletary for their inspiring work on this season's unique posters.
Missed out on gameday poster this season? Click here and enter by February 7 for your chance to win one of two 2019-2020 Seahawks Gameday Poster Series full collections.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who shares a photo with his father and former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer, in congratulating the Chiefs on their Super Bowl victory.
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