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Studies show that exposure to the arts can result in numerous positive outcomes for students, including improved academic performance, increased workforce opportunities and more civic engagement. The purpose of the Performing Arts Initiative (PAI) is simple: to enhance student access to the performing arts. We’re especially interested in reaching students who don’t traditionally have equal access to these experiences. The PAI funds theatrical performances, as well as those that include music,  comedy, dance, magic, and animals – and we’re always looking for new ideas.

We take pride in negotiating discounted prices and “bundling” PAI performances so as many students can benefit as possible. Performances usually occur at OSD schools. Often they are subsidized; occasionally they are free. The PAI also provides bus transportation to special events that take place at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and other local venues.

Examples of partner venues and performing artists include: Washington Center for the Performing Arts; Olympia Family Theater; 5th Avenue Theater; Broadway Center for the Performing Arts; Pacific Science Center; JBLM; Emerald City Music; Ballet Northwest; Pink Martini; Eric Ode; Black Violin; Kahulanui; Tiempo Libre; and Las Cafeteras.

The PAI is supported by OSDEF through an annual grant.