Integration of the Arts

Integrating the arts (literature, drama, music, dance/movement, visual) into lessons across the curriculum provides students with opportunities to engage with content in unique ways. Arts integration can serve to unify culture and curriculum and promote the critical thinking processes required to understand, apply and demonstrate learning creatively. Arts integration provides students with affective, multi-sensory learning experiences. These experiences may be combined with support from professional artists to extend student learning by: 1) engaging in the process of making art directly with an artist; 2) observing how and where artists work, or 3) participating in an aesthetic experience as an audience member, co-performer, or through an inclusive process of artistic collaboration.

Evidence Base for Integration of the Arts:

Articles and Websites

Dickson, Dee, B. McKean, and E. Oddleifson. “Learning through the Arts.” 2002: New Horizons for Learning, Center for the Arts in the Basic Curriculum, 1-20. Accessed 10/24/2005 at New Horizons for Learning: This website of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education “ identifies and communicates successful strategies as a leading-edge web resource for educational practice.” Publications and the New Horizons Journal are available.

Perrin, Stephanie. “Education Through the Arts in Secondary Schools” 1997: Center for the Arts in Basic Curriculum. Online at :


Cornet, Claudia E. (2010). Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts: Arts Integration for Classroom Teachers, 4th Edition. Needham Heights, Massachusetts: Allyn & Bacon.

Gelineau, R. Phyllis (2011). Integrating the Arts Across the Elementary School Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Goldberg, Merryl (2011). Arts Integration: Teaching Subject Matter through the Arts in Multicultural Settings. Needham Heights, Massachusetts: Allyn & Bacon.