What is Arts Integration?

From New Jersey Young Audiences


“There are various definitions of arts integration. They all have a common thread of equally combining the arts with diverse disciplines for the purpose of accomplishing naturally aligned and shared learning objectives. To guide our conversation in New Jersey, we combined ideas and definitions from Education Closet’s Susan Riley and the Kennedy Center‘s arts education work. We believe the following definition and diagram captures the qualities that make arts integration unique:

Arts Integration is an interdisciplinary teaching practice through which non-arts and arts content is taught and assessed equitably in order to deepen students’ understanding of both.

It is important to note that arts integration does not, and in fact, CANNOT replace arts education or replace arts educators. If done correctly, it should elevate the arts and arts specialists in a school. Arts integration work honors all the disciplines equally — they enhance each other to make the combined study of each better.”