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Arts Integration Makes Learning Come Alive

We came across this KQED article “How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive” and it’s a pretty good reminder of the importance of our arts programs.

Our Art in the Community program is leading an effort to bring the nationally recognized STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education to Richmond in collaboration with several local organizations. These programs bring arts back into local schools while embracing the philosophy mentioned in the article: “Arts integration seems to be the best form of differentiation out there because it taps into so many different interests and abilities and forms of learning.”

Another important component of our Art in the Community program is offering annual professional development workshop series to help teachers integrate art into their classroom through hands-on activities. As the article stated, we also acknowledge that arts integration can be a hard model for teachers to embrace if they don’t feel like they themselves are competent artists.

That’s why our workshops are led by teaching artists who provide teachers with lesson plans and easy ways to integrate art into core subjects and prove that you don’t need to be an artist to bring the arts to your classroom. Just one more way we are helping to bring #artsed to more kids.

Our arts programs are an investment in our city’s next generation — creativity and independent thinking are the skills that will create tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

We are grateful to the many generous sponsors who help us bring these programs to sites all across Richmond. Find out how you can help support these programs and help us bring the arts to more children.

You can read the full KQED article here.

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