Whether you're an experienced arts educator, or a teacher looking for ways to bring life to your curriculum through visual arts, music, drama and dance, this group will provide a place to meet, share, and imagine!

Arts Integration!

Gale Sheaffer

I believe this group needs a new name to stand along side STEM and Technology Integration!

ARTS INTEGRATION!

Gale Sheaffer

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Director, Education and Community Engagement, Goodman Theatre

Debate even in the blogosphere?

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Surprised to see the debate arts ed vs arts integration even here. It has been a fairly divisive issue here. As someone who teaches both the skills of the discipline and trains teachers to use arts to teach other subjects, I think of arts as education. Even as audience members, museum visitors, concert-goers, the impact the arts have in that moment to stir something in you, to make you consider, to think and see in a different way, is not only an aesthetic but educational experience. And isn't that what we want for all children?

Marketing & Outreach Director, Arts Integration Solutions

Arts Integration Training - 2011 schedule

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Hello Arts Integration Enthusiasts!
We've just announced our 2011 schedule of professional development in Arts Integration. The Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) Foundation offers both 2-day and 4-day training sessions to teach you how to infuse the arts into everyday curriculum. The Arts Integration Academies and Intensives train classroom teachers, artists, specialists, and administrators to develop integrated lessons using the arts to meet your academic standards objectives, raise test scores, create a new level of learning and a new joy in teaching.
This is an innovative opportunity for continuing education and professional development.

OMA builds brains! Learn more at www.omamodel.org where you'll also find our complete schedule of 2011 Arts Integration trainings.

Watch Edutopia's short documentary of the OMA Program in action:
http://www.edutopia.org/arts-opening-minds-integration-video

Arts Integration Specialist

Hi there! I'm so excited to

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Hi there! I'm so excited to find this topic on here! My website http://educationcloset.com is ALL about arts integration - it is truly my passion! For me, arts integration is when you are teaching a lesson that assesses EQUALLY the objectives from the content area and the arts area of a naturally connective topic. For instance, creating dance steps that use intersecting and parallel lines (dance and math). I'm so thrilled to find other teachers on here that are excited by the possibilities of this technique. If you have a spare moment, please visit and connect with me! I provide free lesson plans, podcasts, resources and more - I'd love to develop a professional learning community for educators who see the potential for this.

Hello Everyone, My name is

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Hello Everyone, My name is Dulce and I came to your site while searching for information about the impact of arts (music, art, dance, drama, etc) Please if I don't belong to this disscusion board I'll get out, but perhaps you can help me. I'm a Mexican girl who came to the US to find a passion for art, I'm currently studing graphic design and just love to learn and let my creativity fly. As I study my background I realize that I always had the talent, but was never thought to look for it because art was never introduced to me at school. Where am I gong with this? I'm working on a webpage that will open the eyes (hopefully) and provide information to the school system in Mexico. I'm a dreamer, but don't want to start changing the world YET, just a small town. I BELIEVE IN CREATING FORMULAS, NOT SOLUTIONS for a country with so much crime (most of it done by teens and young adults) I love reading about the impact of arts in the education and future of the kids, but in orther to link people to information like that I would have to translate it, and don't know if I'm allowed to do that (there is no information in spanish). I have contacted the president of the town I want to work on (my hometown) and he showed interest on the project. I want to try, I want to give the kids/teens a new window onto the world and keep them busy as they seach for their own talents.
Is this even right to do? I know this info is not going to benefit your country yet, but it might do it in the future.
Thank you so much for your time :)

7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

Lovely Dulce! Welcome and how

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Lovely Dulce! Welcome and how fabulous that you are doing so much for your community. Do not give up on your dreams and remember that you are touching lives FOREVER AND EVER!! The arts will and have changed the world and you are automatically part of that change because you want it and have made it a part of your life. You have already begun that change....no turning back.

I teach Arts Appreciation in Southern California. The struggle is the system and adults who have never known the joy of the arts so do not understand the value of arts education. But every child loves loves loves the arts, no matter what you teach, you will forever be rewarded.

My suggestion is to go on the internet and find pictures of the MASTERS who you know and print them. I would begin with DaVinci and Michelangelo. They had fabulous lives, they lived in Italy, they influenced the world and their art is universal. I love introducing both men's lives and art and my students curiosity and thrill of colored pencil drawing is totally amazing, AMAZING!! You are not teaching technique, you are simply saying "would you like to try and copy their art?" They are thrilled to have the chance to KNOW and LEARN! The arts are empowering.

My students have "drawn" Monet, Renoir,while learning the story behind the artists....just to name a very few.

And, I teach the History of film. Charlie Chaplin's THE KID will capture their hearts.....and yours. Your Mexican films are still my favorite "foreign" films! Show them "I AM SAM" and "FINDING NEVERLAND" and 'KUROSAWA'S DREAM." All of these DVD's can be found with spanish sub-titles. So many films draw in people and help them "read" and connect to literature, social studies, history, self-esteem and building character.

Is their a Community Center where all this can take place? I am not sure of if you are going to be in charge or who is going to implement this. Is their a Library?

Keep in touch. We have crime in our schools/towns, art is a great window, it is not a guarantee but a global connection. I have so much more to share. Let me know if this helps.....happy to continue our conversation.

Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Soar to the Heights!

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http://www.edsitement.neh.gov/subject/art-and-culture

Dulce it is so wonderful to have you join our group! You are the future and most welcome here. Your energy and passion for what you are doing is quite evident. We applaud you! Our very creative group will bring you enlightenment and encouragement. We also look forward to learning from you. This is a global world, and this forum exists to bring us these empowering connections. We are here to support one another. The beauty of the arts is that the stories of humanity are being expressed with deep feelings and language is not a barrier. All forms of art bring us closer together. I am truly thrilled to have you join us. Check out the link above, you may find it to be a good resource for your work. Best of luck!

Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Well Said!

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Hi Carol,

Once again your words inspire me. Thank you for sharing all that you do in such a unique way. You are a gift to your students. Your willingness to share is such a gift to this community as well. Thank you!

Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Hi Susan, I enjoyed looking

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Hi Susan,

I enjoyed looking at your site. I can really share in your passion and appreciate the creative learning environments that you are developing. Keep up the wonderful work! Stay connected with our group and invite your friends to join us.

7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

Christine, Thank you. You are

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Christine, Thank you. You are a gift and an inspiration to me.One day we will all have to have a Southern California Conference in the Arts and all meet. The ARTS are visual and we need to be face to face!!!!

It is wonderful to meet all of you and read your creative ideas and works. You motivate me tremendously.

Do not miss THE KING'S SPEECH!! Film at its perfection!!

Thank you so much for your support,

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Carol, Christine and all of you who have read the comment, Thank you for the encouragement. I'm working my way around the information on art to create interest on people. I'm researching the meaning of an old class that lost its interest, educacion artistica (artistic education) and introducing the names of great people who dedicated their lives to include art to education like "john amos comenius" (One of my heroes)I'm going to use researches from different countries (not to compete) but to show how much can a student improve his education with arts.
Perhaps you wonder why am I dong this? well, like I said I always felt the passion for color, design, paint, etc. I completed an associates degree in computer science in Mexico (one of the most interesting carries of my choise) but never felt like I was projecting my personality through it. I remember the feelign on my hands when I'd see a white pc of paper and a pen by it. Still do... my story is long and the bottom line is that now I'm 27 years old and LOVE my carrier as a designer, the feeling in my brain as I paint, draw or design is amazing. 27 and I'm just working on those skills that were buried in my body. Why wasn't art introduced to me when I was little?
Anyways, I know I'm not the only one with hidden talents and I want to grab my story and take it reality (also searching for otehr people like me, willing to make a change in others). Is not going to be easy, that I know for there is a lot of work involved in this, but I have recieved the call and I'm willing to work on it.
Caron- there is a small library in town and don't know yet if I'll b the one incharged of the projects.
Christine- thank you for the link and the welcoming to this site. Somehow I feel stronger by you who are in the field of art and education. thank you, thankyou!!
There is a lot to say about this, and would love to continue with the conversation as well :)

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