Arts Integration Classroom (AIC) is a standards-based, educational program developed by Chamber Music Society of Denver artistic director Laura Schulkind in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program.
AIC integrates the arts with Science, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Life Skills in multimodal, cross-disciplinary curricula and lesson plans. Arts-integrated curriculum positions the arts as an approach to teaching and vehicle for learning in which students meet dual learning objectives by engaging in creative processes that explore connections between art forms and other subject areas.
AIC offers professional-development workshops for elementary-grade classroom teachers and arts specialists to use arts integration as a strategy for increased student learning and engagement. Workshops delve into arts integration theory followed by a deep dive into the practical application and guided development of cohesive, cross-disciplinary lesson plans. Schulkind makes herself available to teachers following the workshops to ensure a smooth rollout of the program.
AIC seeks additional funding to help underwrite costs for presenting workshops in Colorado’s underserved and rural areas at no charge to participating schools, as well as the development of a research-based assessment tool to evaluate effective learning through teacher-driven data collection. Additionally, support is sought to help fund Schulkind's development of arts-integrated curricula with international concert pianist Orli Shaham and legendary composer David Amram. Once completed, these materials will be provided at no charge to teachers participating in workshops.
Stay tuned for information on workshops, lesson plans and new partnerships!