Arts Education

Engaging diverse learners
CONTACT

Peter Jasso, Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

(785) 296-2178

Peter.Jasso@ks.gov

CONTACT

Kate Van Steenhuyse, KCAIC Chief Programs Officer

785.379.1608

Kate.VanSteenhuyse@ks.gov

Arts integration engages diverse learners through music, dance, poetry, visual art and drama to understand and express their learning of curriculum concepts through the arts. Arts integration isn’t just for art teachers; these strategies can be incorporated by all educators from early childhood to 12th grade as well as school support staff. Educators at all Kansas schools are encouraged to attend a variety of workshops as curriculum will differ.

2020-2021 Arts Education

Professional Development with the KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education

KCAIC supports and coordinates with the Partners in Education program.

KCAIC supports and coordinates with the Partners in Education program, a national partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Established in 1991, the 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 school/community partnerships is to promote the professional learning of teachers. Find out more about these free virtual workshops.

Kansas Literacy Festival

KCAIC is a sponsor and supporter of the Kansas Literacy Festival

KCAIC is a sponsor and supporter of the Kansas Literacy Festival, presented by Storytime Village. This community event uses art as a catalyst to inspire a lifelong love of reading. The festival provides literacy enrichment to Kansas Youth through targeted programs, events and activities that encourage early learning, family engagement and access to books. Activities begin with virtual professional development workshops offered throughout the spring of 2021 and will culminate in a three-day-long September event.

Past Arts Education

The KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education Arts Integration Symposium

July 22-24, 2019
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
Kansas City, MO

This three-day symposium had national experts lead participants through workshops that explored the power of the arts in engaging students, strengthening comprehension and bringing content areas to life.

Strengthening Social and Emotional Learning Through the Arts

Presented by Arts Partners Wichita

July 24-16, 2019
West High School
Wichita, KS

This three-day symposium in Wichita invited educators from the area to learn from local and national experts how to integrate the arts to:

  • Improve classroom management.
  • Make meaningful connections with students.
  • Use self-care to manage job-related stress to avoid burnout.
  • Comply with Character and Social Emotional Learning Standards.

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