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Arts Integration in Practice

Creating Arts Integration Topics

Explore how arts integration connections are made

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Arts integration topics are developed in one of two ways.

By connecting a specific arts focus with:

  • a specific subject area in the curriculum or
  • a specific area of concern/need.

Creating a topic

For further explanation, click here for "Explore the Definition" and go to the section "Which connects an art form and another subject area."

What is a specific arts focus?

Arts integration connections are built with a specific arts focus rather than a general one. For example, rather than trying to make a connection to “theater,” it is more productive to make a connection to a specific area within theater—for example, “story dramatization,” “role play,” or “script writing.” Instead of making a connection with “visual art,” it is more helpful to be specific—for example, “weaving,” “collage,” or “illustration.” Similarly, instead of planning a connection with “music,” it is more helpful to use “song writing” or “rhythm.”

What is a specific curriculum area or specific area of concern/need?

Arts integration connections are built with a specific curriculum area or a specific concern/need.

For example, instead of connecting to “history,” the connection could be to “the Revolutionary War” or “American migration in the early 1900s.” When connecting to a specific area of concern/need, instead of “character education,” the connection could be to “bullying” or instead of “social skills” the connection could be to “collaboration.”

In sum, arts integration topics are created by connecting a specific arts focus with a specific curriculum area or a specific concern or need.

Examples by Art Form

Click on an art form listed below to see examples of specific arts focuses and examples of specific connections to curriculum and concerns/needs.

 

  Theater      Music         Dance      Storytelling

  Visual Arts     Puppetry      Literary Arts     Media Arts

Credits

Writers

Lynne B. Silverstein
Senior Program Consultant
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Sean Layne
Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and founder of Focus 5, Inc.

Editors & Producers

Amy Duma
Director, Teacher and School Programs
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Kenny Neal
Producer

Sources

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