Arts Integration Vision Statement
As an arts integration learning community, we will learn in, about, and through the arts to enhance academic, social-emotional, and artistic growth in all students, thereby educating the whole child. Through critical thinking, inquiry, creativity and appreciation of the arts, students are able to connect to themselves, each other, all cultures, and the beauty of the world.
The arts, including dance/movement, theater/drama, music, and visual arts, are integrated into the curriculum in all grades and classes. Curricular objectives from all subject areas are integrated into music, art, and PE classes as well.
Arts integration is evident throughout the school in each classroom and hallway displays, showcasing how the arts are integrated with math, reading/language arts, social studies, and science. You will see many examples of the creativity and strength of the program as you walk through the hallways.
What does this mean for our students?
Students are exposed to a variety of arts including dance/ movement, theater, music and visual arts. They learn about problem solving, use thinking skills and learn more in depth about each particular art form. Perhaps most important, they are engaged in making connections between real life, the curriculum and the arts.
Artists-in-residence are also a part of the program. The residencies vary in art form and provide opportunities for students to interact with real poets, artists, musicians, storytellers, dancers, etc. making the arts come alive. In many cases, permanent art installations have been added to the school, which enhance the environment for students, staff, and the community. Students have a greater appreciation for the arts because they are involved in the creation of these permanent works in addition to participating in the arts in their daily lessons.
Arts integration is integral to the School Improvement Plan and ties directly to developing 21st century skills for student learning.