Welcome to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Education (KC-PIE) for the greater Lansing area. The relationship between Ingham ISD and Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity began in 2010 and has been serving K-12 area teachers from all across the district ever since. The KC-PIE program is based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.

This program program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide teachers professional training in arts integration.

Each year a dedicated group of administrators, teaching artists and classroom teachers are committed to expanding the role the arts play in classrooms. The KC-PIE program strives to support teachers in these efforts. We hope that you will learn more about the program, ask questions, think in new ways and join us in this important work.

Joni Starr, Administrative Coordinator, Ingham ISD
Bert Goldstein, Director, Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity

What is Arts Integration?

"ArtsEdge" at Kennedy Center 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 to an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.”

Currently, almost 100 Partnership Teams in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia participate in the program. Wharton Center and Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) have been the Mid-Michigan Partnership Team since 2007!

Each  year, the Mid-Michigan KC-PIE Partnership Team hosts the Arts Advocacy Breakfast. This event brings together educators, superintendents, principals, politicians and artists to showcase how mid-Michigan schools are integrating arts into classrooms.

2021-22 Arts Advocacy Breakfast
June 15, 2022, 8:00am
Jackson Lounge, Wharton Center


Teachers, we are here to support you. During this time of COVID and the uncertainty in school protocols, we are moving the majority of our work online. We will remain flexible throughout the year to ever changing practices.

The 2021-22 Kennedy Center Partners in Education (KC-PIE) Program is a partnership between Ingham ISD and Wharton Center for the Performing Arts based on the belief that teachers professional training in arts integration is essential for efforts to increase the artistic literacy of young people. This annual program for Ingham ISD and surrounding district schools invites preK-12 teachers and administrators to:

  1. Participate in the two-day Arts Integration Summer Institute where educators and guest artists come together to deepen their understanding of arts integration. We welcome musician, poet, and multi-media artist Baba Bomani as keynote speaker this year as we gather August 3-4, 2021from 8:30 am-4:00 pm on the campus of Ingham ISD. Attendance at this seminar is required for participation in the KCPIE program. 
    “It rejuvenated me just in time for school!” KC-PIE participant.
  2. Become part of a Professional Learning Community and receive support from professionals and peers by sharing and learning about best practices in arts integration. There are three afterschool meetings during the course of the school year. Time and place are to be determined. 
    “The training was superb.” KC-PIE participant
  3. Plan and teach with a teaching artist for an Arts Integrated Residency designed uniquely for individual classroom goals. This year the delivery method of the residencies will depend on the state school protocols. We will remain flexible for face-to-face, remote learning, or a combination of both.
    “It pushed me to grow creatively and recognize ways to easily
    integrate arts in my teaching.” KC-PIE participant

Cost of Program: $200 per person. All preK-12 teaching and administrative staff are welcome. SCECHs to be offered pending MDE approval. “My creative juices are flowing!” KC-PIE participant

To register: visit Ingham ISD Professional Development

Questions? Contact Joni Starr.

Each KC-PIE educator has the opportunity to select from local teaching artists in the visual or performing arts to work directly in their classroom. Teaching artists collaborate with classroom teachers to plan, write, implement and assess a three-day, arts integrated residency. Both educators support and engage with students as they learn through participation in the creative process. At the end of the year, all participants meet for final reflection and celebration of the year’s work in arts integration.

Three times during the academic year, educators from participating Arts Integration Focus Schools get together to discuss and learn about new topics in arts integration. Each Professional Learning Community meeting provides for exchange between teaching artists and classroom teachers, peer-to-peer learning, modeling of activities and workshops by specialists. This is an opportunity for teachers’ to share their experiences.

2021-22 PLC Meetings:
4:45-6:45 pm

  • October 19, 2021
  • February 16, 2022
  • May 3, 2022