Arts Integration for Schools


What is arts integration?

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts defines arts integration as "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject and meets evolving objectives."

What is the benefit of arts integration in the classroom?

For the student, arts integration in the classroom enhances absorption and retention of subject matter because students experience the material in a kinesthetic way. For the educator, arts integration leaves the teacher with newfound knowledge to use in the classroom at a future time.

What are your lesson plans?

 Acting Out has a variety of lesson plans to choose from. If you want to explore a topic that is not currently a part of our library, we will connect your classroom teacher with one of our teaching artists so they can collaborate and create a lesson plan that fits the needs of those students. Sample topics include:

  • The Vietnam Draft
  • Economics
  • The Titanic
  • Hip Hop as Poetry
  • Shakespeare basics
  • Coping with Conflict
  • The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  • The Feudal System
  • The Lorax
  • The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer
  • The poetry of Shel Silverstein
  • Newsies The Musical: An exploration of the newsboys of 1899