Academic Services
Arts Integration
"Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process, which connects to an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both." – Kennedy Center ArtsEdge

Arts Integration Defined

Arts leverage learning in other subject areas such as science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies. Kennedy Center uses a comprehensive definition of arts integration as its foundation. This definition helps educators understand what arts integration is and how it differs from teaching the arts or just using the arts in the classroom.

PDF DocumentDefining Arts Integration

For examples of arts integrated curriculum visit:

"Arts Integration for Deeper Learning"
A 6 minute video produced by Edutopia features Bates Middle School, Annapolis, MD using Arts Integration as a whole school reform strategy.

Edutopia's Schools that Work 
A catalogue of evidence-based practices for Arts Integration 

Kennedy Center Arts Edge

Ingham County KCPIE AI

Select arts integration curriculum (projects, units and lessons) developed by prior year teams from mid-Michigan schools.

Curriculum Map with Arts Connections - Partnership for 21st Century Learning

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Common Core Arts Curriculum Mapping Project
Promotes the importance of all students studying the arts, highlighting places where ELA instruction will be enhanced by connecting a genre or particular text, or a theme of a unit, to works of art, music, or film.

PDF DocumentCommon Core Art Maps


Our Goals

Ingham ISD and the MSU-FCU Institute for Arts & Creativity provide professional learning opportunities and building level support for schools, identified as Arts Integration Focus Schools, because we believe arts integration has the capacity to ...

  • Strengthen attainment of core content for all students
  • Strengthen students' ability to think creatively and to innovate
  • Increase student engagement in school and with subject matter and arts content
  • Reach students through instructional techniques that rely on multiple learning modalities and capitalize on student interests and strengths
  • Increase necessary learning and work habits that include perseverance and problem-solving

Contact Us

Lonnie Thomas
Admin Assistant, Public Relations & Communications