Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Peg Koetsch

Using primary resources and artifacts from their schools and community, participants design and construct a mini-exhibit to assess students’ depth and breadth of knowledge in this extended workshop. Teachers learn to integrate museum and school curriculum strategies to create an exhibition “blueprint” tailored to different learning environments. Participants learn how to encourage students to become lifelong learners by practicing curatorial skills, by creating and collecting artifacts to illustrate curriculum concepts, and by conducting tours for classmates, families, and the school community. This workshop includes and builds upon methodologies in the Students as Curators: Demonstrating Learning by Creating Exhibits course.

Kennedy Center Arts Integration

The Orpheum Theatre Group (OTG) is proud to be a Kennedy Center Partners in Education Team, in collaboration with Shelby County Schools. Through this program, OTG brings Kennedy Center teaching artists to work with teachers across the Mid-South. These arts integration specialists provide educators with the tools and strategies to transform classrooms. 

Arts integration, as defined by the Kennedy Center, is “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.” Arts integration learning has shown to increase literacy, raise test scores, and help develop key communication skills. In short, arts integration makes learning fun while creating more enthusiastic, creative, and empathetic students.


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