Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Karen Erickson

In this workshop, participants explore a step-by-step process of integrating science concepts and drama strategies in the classroom. Teachers learn how to transform science lessons into active, student-centered explorations of earth science, mechanical science, and biology through drama strategies such as expressive movement and enacted story. Teachers also learn about activities that develop teamwork and creative problem-solving skills in students. Participants examine techniques for classroom management and building group dynamics while experiencing several types of integration design.

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.