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Arts Integration



Why Arts

Creating a Team

Setting Goals

Access Points

Arts Integrated
Reading Units

Partnering with Arts Organizations

Planning Meetings

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Arts Integration

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”

Richard W. Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Arts integration provides teachers with the opportunity to transform their classrooms into rooms where children are observing, comparing, assessing, critiquing, analyzing, and creating all while integrating other content areas in a meaningful and relevant way. We all know that children learn by doing, and the arts are intrinsically doing by nature.

This website will guide you through the different steps you can take to implement an arts integration plan at your school. As you read through this website, take time to reflect on what might work best at your school location. Although many teachers are already successfully integrating the arts into their curriculum, a team working together can generate more ideas. Arts integration practices are not “one size fits all” but rather a process of planning, implementing, reflecting, and refining. Do not be afraid to take risks and change your approach.

The following links can be found on the menu on the left side of this page. They are sequenced to guide you through the process of integrating the arts in your classroom:

To find support materials for advocating a Fine Arts program visit the Center for Fine Arts Education. On this site you will find an article by Steven N. Kelly titled "Fine Arts-Related Instruction's Influence on Academic Success," a study comparing the amount of fine arts credit in art, music, dance and test scores, one page brochures which can be downloaded and printed, and a PowerPoint presentation.

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