Arts learning encompasses all delivery methods and depths of education in the arts, including classroom arts instruction, afterschool arts programs, out-of-school arts education, and complementary arts programs such field trips, visiting artists, arts assemblies, and teaching artists.
As defined by the Kennedy Center, arts integration is “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject and meets evolving objectives in both.” The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities: “Arts integration is the practice of using arts strategies to build skills and teach classroom subjects across different disciplines, including reading, math, science, and social studies. In recent years, it has formed the basis for several successful school reform initiatives, and has generated a lot of enthusiasm from classroom teachers, school administrators and policy researchers for its ability to increase student engagement and overall learning.”
As defined by EducationCloset: “STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century.”
As defined by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities: “Teaching artists are professional working artists who also teach in schools. They serve to both supplement uneven arts offerings and to provide short or long term instruction, bringing with them real world experiences and often project-based learning.”