Arts Integration in Education

Arts Integration Defined 

(Adapted from the Kennedy Center Definition for Arts Integration. Revised by MAAE BoD 1/16/16.)

Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through one or more art forms. Key partners in the delivery system for arts integration include the coordinated involvement of certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators, and professional and/or teaching artists, supported by school administrators. Students engage in a creative process which connects art forms and other subject areas and meets evolving objectives in both. 

Arts integration, STEM and STEAM share a common ideology.  Students benefit when the arts are an integral part of instruction. Research shows that students are best served by a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. These approaches leverage the specialized training and expertise of educators from a variety of disciplines, with more relevant, holistic learning for the student.

Benefits: When comparing an arts integrated experience to the times when they were working solely within their dedicated arts class setting, practitioners shared that their students:

"Arts Rich Learning for Gifted Educators and their students." (52:05) Learn ways you can easily incorporate the arts in your teaching and learning. Explore ways of enhancing lessons with the arts, and learn about both in-person and virtual learning opportunities from Missouri's arts institutions. Prepared for the Gifted Association of Missouri virtual conference held 10.14-15.2023. Missouri Alliance for Arts Education executive director, Phyllis Pasley and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Arts Education Director, Roger Kelley presenters.

MAAE’s goal is to collaborate with arts educators, teaching artists, arts organizations, non-arts educators, STEM teachers, curriculum specialists, and others, to achieve: 

Practitioners report that arts integration allowed their students to: