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FAQs for Teaching Artists

Arts Integration: The Authentic Context for 21st Century Learning, by Martha Burdette

Creating a Collaborative Classroom, by Sheila Kerrigan

Lincoln Center, in New York City, hosts a summer workshop for teaching artists:

The arts prepare students for success in school.

 Students who study the arts, especially music, outperform their non-arts peers on mathematical assessments.

      –Differences in mathematics scores between students who receive traditional Montessori instruction and students who receive music-enriched Montessori instruction.  Journal for Learning through the  Arts, 3.  (M.A. Harris, 2007)

The arts prepare students for success in work.

The arts develop reasoning skills that prepare students to solve problems.  Students who study the arts, for example, score higher than their peers on tests measuring the ability to analyze information and solve complex problems, and are more likely to approach problems with patience and persistence.

The art of problem solving.  New York:  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Visitor Studies, Evaluation & Audience Research. (R. Korn, 2010)

 The arts prepare students for success in life.

Arts experiences foster pro-social behaviors and social tolerance that help prepare students for life in an increasingly global and culturally diverse world.  Ensemble performance, community mural painting, and other group arts experiences in which participants are from diverse backgrounds demonstrate particular value for developing cross-cultural understanding.

Youth, arts, and social change.  Stanford University.  (L. Stevenson, 2011)

Arts Integrated Partnership Approach Has Definitive, Positive Impact on Student Performance

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, has completed the Partnership for Arts Integration Research (PAIR) project.  This four-year, Department of Education-supported grant program, brought teaching artists together with 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classroom teachers to research the impact of arts integration on students and teachers. Here is a link to their findings:

Students help each other learn a circus skill (rollabolla) in Jef Lambdin’s PE and performance residency.

Ramsey Alternative

Students at a Fayetteville alternative school building collaboration skills through mime with Sheila Kerrigan.

Links to Arts Integration sites:

Here are two sites that have integrated lessons for teachers that are based on artworks in museum collections:

Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington, North Carolina) :


There are 600 lessons to choose from at the Denver Art Museum (Colorado):

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