In arts integration, classroom teachers and teaching artists collaborate to co-design curriculum. We often establish an inquiry question to guide us in this work, and through the creative process, discover strategies to address the question and discover meaning. When arts integration works, it is an elegant means to teaching and learning. It has the potential to ennoble both the artistic form and the academic material through deeper engagement, and help students relate personally to their studies, humanizing their education.

I work through several outstanding arts organizations in Chicago to do this work, including:

Chicago Arts Parnerships in Education (CAPE)

Columbia College Center For Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP)

Northeastern University Chicago Teacher's Center

Here is a photo essay of a 5th grade classroom project involving math and music: