Kennedy Center Arts Integration

The Orpheum Theatre Group is excited 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 classroom teachers across the Mid-South.

These arts integration specialists provide educators with 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.” This method allows students to learn in an innovative and engaging way and is proven to increase literacy, raise test scores, and help develop key communication skills.


Series Events

Jan
09

Halloran Centre
Family & Education

Kennedy Center Arts Integration: Laying a Foundation — Defining Arts Integration

What is arts integration? This session unpacks the definition developed by the Kennedy Center and gives participants the opportunity to uncover the characteristics of quality arts integration.

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Jan
28

Halloran Centre
Family & Education

Kennedy Center Arts Integration: A Playful Approach to Writing

Participants examine ways to help students learn how to think like playwrights and to develop a script that draws on their improvisations of characters and ideas.

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Jan
29

Halloran Centre
Family & Education

Kennedy Center Arts Integration: Standing in a Character’s Shoes

In this workshop, participants explore ways to help students imagine, improvise, and write monologues that reveal the emotions beneath a character’s/person’s words and how those emotions change.

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Mar
26

Halloran Centre
Family & Education

Kennedy Center Arts Integration: Telling Your Story Through the Beat of Jazz

In this interactive workshop, teachers learn to immerse their students in the rich history of jazz as they trace its roots and influences through African traditional chants, work songs, spirituals, ragtime, and the blues. 

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Jun
10
Jun
14
Jun
10

Halloran Centre
Family & Education

Kennedy Center Kennedy Center Arts Integration: Teacher Summer Institute

Back by popular demand, Melanie Rick will lead multiple workshops over the course of the week. Topics explored include: Defining Arts Integration, Assessment and Documentation, reading/writing, science, social studies, and visual art.

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