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The new imperative is creativity. We don’t need our schools to inculcate the habits of mental labor; the new economy needs a workforce that is trained in creativity. And that fundamentally implies a new and unprecedented attention to the arts.
– James Bau Graves, Cultural Democracy: The Arts Community and Public Purpose
Deeper Connection to the Curriculum
Through the Arts
Providing opportunities for students to create work through the arts allows them to see content in new and deeper ways.
True arts integration means providing opportunities for students to construct and demonstrate understanding of subject areas across the curriculum by creating art.
Often, the students who struggle the most to understand content in traditional ways—such as readings and lectures—are able to understand information better through music, drama, dance, or visual arts. Through the arts, students stay engaged in content while simultaneously learning the skills to communicate effectively through the arts.
Arts Integration Resources
Arts Integration: The Kennedy Center’s Perspective from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts