Scholar Art in the City

  • Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) has launched the Scholar Art in the City initiative to showcase the artistic talents of scholars in local businesses and organizations.

    The district is partnering with 36 businesses and organizations to feature art and written work created by FWPS elementary, middle, and high school scholars that rotate on a quarterly basis.

    Scholar Art in the City aims to showcase the work of FWPS scholars and the rich tradition of arts in the district. A variety of courses in art, choral and instrumental music, and drama are offered in FWPS schools. Arts and Communications is one of Federal Way Public Schools’ five Career Pathways. This pathway includes courses in the visual arts, photography, and video/TV production. Several career options in this pathway include computer animation, graphic design, fashion design, and videography.

    FWPS bands and choirs are consistently recognized at various competitions throughout the state and country including middle school all-state band, choir and orchestra competitions. Our high schools have participated in the Valley Region Large Ensemble Band Contest and the Anaheim Heritage Festival of Music earning accomplishments in multiple categories.

    “The arts are important because they build life skills by creating a venue for scholars to think about how they might express themselves,” said Dr. Tammy Campbell, FWPS superintendent. “These memorable experiences deepen scholars’ understanding around some of the big ideas and concepts they are being taught in school every day. We are excited to launch this arts initiative with our community partners.”

    This initiative aligns with the district’s strategic plan Goal 3, Active Learners: Engaged, Empowered, Critical Thinkers.

    Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for displaying scholar art:

    ·        Advancing Leadership

    ·        Asensio Coffee

    ·        B&R Expresso Bar

    ·        Barnes & Noble

    ·        Bella Red Salon

    ·        Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

    ·        Better Properties Real Estate

    ·        Billy McHale's

    ·        Cascade Veterinary Hospital

    ·        City of Federal Way – Mayor’s Office

    ·        Coldwell Banker Danforth Inc.

    ·        Columbia Bank

    ·        Communities in Schools of Federal Way

    ·        Eagle Tire & Automotive

    ·        Federal Way 320th Library – King County Library System

    ·        Federal Way Barber College

    ·        Federal Way Library (1st Way South)– King County Library System

    ·        Fusion Décor Boutique

    ·        Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce

    ·        HomeStreet Bank

    ·        Joe's Deli

    ·        La Quinta Inn & Suites 

    ·        Ma Boulangerie

    ·        Macy's

    ·        Marlene’s Market & Deli

    ·        Multi-Service Center

    ·        Planet Fitness

    ·        Poverty Bay Cafe & Coffee Company

    ·        Qualstar Credit Union – Federal Way Branch

    ·        Red Robin

    ·        State Farm

    ·        The Chopped Leaf

    ·        Verrazano’s Italian Restaurant

    ·        Vince's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

    ·        Windermere Real Estate West Campus

    If you are interested in learning more contact Shawn Simpson, Executive Director of Teaching for Learning at, or Dan Dizon, Executive Director of Human Resources & Community Outreach at