Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning in which the arts are the catalyst and vehicle for learning. Students are provided an opportunity to construct and demonstrate their understanding of curriculum content through the arts by engaging in a creative process. Arts integration lessons incorporate both content and arts learning objectives, which are both equitably assessed.
Arts integration in Anne Arundel County Public Schools began at Wiley H. Bates Middle School, with support of the Supporting Arts Integrated Learning for Student Success (SAILSS) project in 2009. Since the success of Arts Integration at Wiley H. Bates Middle School, arts integration strategies have been incorporated into county curriculum, scores of teachers have been trained and hundreds of exemplar lessons have been written.
The following schools have been designated as Arts integration schools in AACPS.
- Arnold Elementary School
- Crofton Woods Elementary School
- Germantown Elementary School
- Lake Shore Elementary School
- Riviera Beach Elementary School
- Seven Oaks Elementary School
- Brooklyn Park Middle School
- Wiley H. Bates Middle School
In addition to teacher-facilitated arts integration lessons, students at arts integration schools have the opportunity to work with master teaching artists through artist workshops and residencies. These experiences allow students to create artistic works and performances with a professional artist, while deepening their understanding of classroom content.
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Coordinator of Visual Arts
Arts Integration Teacher Specialist
Visual Art & Arts Integration Resource Teacher
Mary E. Davis
Administrative Assistant - Music, Visual Art, Arts Integration