Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Karen Erickson

The arts can serve as a powerful addition to a character education program by helping students discuss, reflect, and react to bullying behaviors. In Part 1 of this workshop, teachers examine how to define and share images of bullying with students. Participants then explore the roles of hero, bully, bystander, instigator, and target to learn how to engage students in drama activities to experience the role each plays in contributing to or resolving bullying activities. The drama activities also utilize concentration, image work, collaboration, and the communication of ideas through lines spoken by characters.

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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