Arts Integration Programs

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Participants explore nocturnal animals through visual arts with Teaching Artist September Krueger at the 2017 Arts Integration InstitutePhoto Credit: Andra Willis Photography.

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Teaching Artist Jef Lambdin leads a theater arts workshop with participants at the 2017 Arts Integration InstitutePhoto Credit: Andra Willis Photography.

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Teaching Artist Dan Johnson leads an interdisciplinary math and music workshop with participants at the 2017 Arts Integration InstitutePhoto Credit: Andra Willis Photography.

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Teaching Artist Martha Connerton works with participants to integrate dance with Common Core at the 2016 Arts Integration InstitutePhoto Credit: Andra Willis Photography.

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Teaching Artist Martha Connerton works with participants to integrate dance with Common Core at the 2016 Arts Integration Institute. Photo Credit: Andra Willis Photography

Something changes when the arts are an everyday part of learning. No culture — from West Africa to India to Brazil – is foreign once you’ve learned to sing and play its music. You’ll never forget high and low-pressure weather systems after you’ve danced them. When you build shadow puppets and perform scripts you’ve written, mythology becomes real. And once you’ve made your way through Ellis Island in the year 1901, history is no longer something you just read about in books — it’s the subject of your own poetry.

We designed the Arts Integration Institute to make dynamic, active learning possible in every classroom. Each year we give elementary school educators a hands-on opportunity to work with extraordinary teaching artists who understand how classrooms really work. Teachers learn how to think creatively, collaborate and invigorate their classrooms. They also gain:

  • A full week to explore the arts as students.

  • Inspiration for innovative teaching.

  • Time and space to plan collaboratively.

  • Practical lesson plans they can use immediately in the classroom.

  • The ability to integrate arts standards across the curriculum.

  • Support throughout the year through feedback, refresher workshops, and an online resource custom-designed for Arts Integration Institute participants.

Since it began in 2006, 568 teachers from 115 schools have participated in arts integration professional development programs with United Arts.

Who Should Attend: Wake County elementary classroom, music, dance, drama and visual art teachers in four-person teams with any level of arts experience.

Cost: $400 per team and includes lunch every day! (Schools will be invoiced upon acceptance.)

Teacher Renewal Credit: up to 3.0 credits

2018 Workshops and Teaching Artists

Number Drummer: Getting Started in the Classroom with Troy Kryzalka
Acting Right with Sean Layne
Geography of Life with Mimi Herman
The Poetry of Movement with Glenda Mackie
Using Technology to Create an Augmented Reality with Kim Silbaugh

Meet the 2018 Institute teaching artists.

What Past Attendees have said...

“All of my students love being out of their seats moving. This helped me to find a safe way to allow them to learn through [movement].”

“This was the best workshop that I ever attended! I’m so excited about sharing what we learned with my colleagues.”

“I really loved working with my team to create a variety of projects and get my hands on things. We were able to live and breathe the arts for the whole week.”

For more information, contact Ragen Carlile, [email protected], 919-839-1498 x209.

 

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