United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County: Arts Integration Institute

The Arts Integration Institute is a partnership program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Started in 2004, the Institute provides teacher professional development in arts integration and the use of multiple intelligences. At the end of the Institute, teachers are able to:

  • Design collaborative lesson plans that integrate the arts and address multiple intelligences
  • Engage school and community in arts integration
  • Identify resources available for arts integration in schools, including teaching artists in the state and country available for residency work

The Institute is open to four-person teams from elementary schools:

  1. An administrator
  2. A classroom teacher
  3. A music, dance, drama or visual art teacher; and
  4. A parent

Participants work with artists in teams divided into two tracks: immersion (for new schools) and advanced (for returning schools). At the end of the Institute, immersion schools take away two linked lesson plans (classroom and art teacher) while advanced schools take away one thematic unit with multiple lesson plans. Immersion schools also receive a day of follow up which includes coaching, feedback, and assistance in developing their lesson plans.

The Institute is hosted in June in the Triangle and is open to approximately 80 individuals from 20 schools.

For more information, visit http://www.unitedarts.org/artsed/aii/index.shtml