Arts Infusion – What is it?

Creativity, Curiosity and Connection

“Arts infusion (also called Arts Integration) is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates skills and content from an art form (dance, music, theater, visual arts, creative writing) with another subject area (mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, etc.). By having instructional objectives in both areas, the goal of this blending is to deepen student understanding in the subject area as well as the art form, allowing both disciplines to mutually support and strengthen each other.”

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Why Arts Infusion?

“When well planned and implemented, arts infusion is one of the most effective ways for a wide range of students with a wide range of interests, aptitudes, styles, and experiences to form a community of active learners taking responsibility for and ownership of their own learning.”

Benefits of Arts Infusion

Arts infusion engages and motivates students by emphasizing active learning rather than passive learning. Understanding that students have different learning styles and various multiple intelligences, the arts generate numerous ways for students to construct and demonstrate their understanding of subject matter.

This approach to teaching gives greater context to students’ learning and makes their educational experiences more meaningful. Instead of seeing each subject in isolation, students discover natural connections among disciplines, while deepening their understandings and synthesizing ideas.

Arts infusion builds a community of learners who discover ways to work purposely and productively in groups. Arts infusion builds creativity and problem-solving skills where students learn to think “out of the box”. The arts provide multiple modes for students to create and it is A LOT of fun!!!

“Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.”

–Barbara Januszkiewicz

Information on Arts Infusion supported by Pine Street Elementary School