TPS Arts Integration Programs

Arts Integration Defined (Wikipedia):

 Arts integration is a term applied to an approach to teaching and learning that uses the fine and performing arts as primary pathways to learning. Arts integration differs from traditional arts education by its inclusion of both an arts discipline and a traditional subject as part of learning (e.g. using improvisational drama skills to learn about conflict in writing.) The goal of arts integration is to increase knowledge of a general subject area while concurrently fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the fine and performing arts.

 Arts Integration, A History (Wikipedia):

The impetus for arts integration is a growing body of research that demonstrates how learners experience success when taught why and how to use music, visual art, drama/dance, theatre and the literary arts to both express and understand ideas, thoughts and feelings. Critical Links 1, a compendium published by the Arts Education Partnership includes 62 studies which examine the relationship between arts learning, academic achievement, and social development of students.2 Highlights include studies which explore the use of drama to increase students' reading comprehension and studies which examine the relationship between music and math concepts. The Arts Education Partnership has also published The Third Space 3, which profiles ten arts-integrated schools across the United States

Another American organization conducting research in arts integration is the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) 4. It has published, through Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning 5 The book, edited by Gail Burnaford, Ph.D, professor at North Western University, Cynthia Weiss, teaching artist and CAPE associate; and Arnold Aprill, CAPE's executive director, combines the contributions of two-hundred seventy-two participants in CAPE's arts integration partnerships. James Catterall, arts education researcher and professor at University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, has collaborated with CAPE on publications.

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education supports Project Zero5, an educational research group founded in 1967 by Nelson Goodman, which investigates learning in the arts. Former directors of Project Zero include David Perkins and Howard Gardner. 

The Kennedy Center Partners in Education is an organization that has promoted arts integration for over two decades. While The Kennedy Center does conduct research in arts learning, they also provide networking opportunities for arts education programs nation-wide through The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. This organization advocates for arts education, fosters collaboration between artists and schools to support arts learning, develops and conducts professional development in arts education for teachers, and recognizes achievement in the arts.6

  1. ^ Deasy, Richard, et al. Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development. Washington, DC: Arts Education Partnership, 2002.
  2. ^ Arts Education Partnership : : Publication Toolkits: Critical Links
  3. ^ Stevenson, L. M., R. Deasy, and A. E. Partnership. Third Space: When Learning Matters. Arts Education Partnership, 2005.
  4. ^ CAPE
  5. ^ Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning. Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates, 2001.
  6. ^ History of Project Zero
  7. ^ KCAAEN
Arts Integration at Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa Public Schools supports three Arts Integration programs. Each of these programs is research based with the goal in mind of developing and enhancing established learning communities.

Any Given Child-Tulsa

Any Given Child-Tulsa is a program of the Arts &Humanities Council of Tulsa, a partnership between The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Tulsa Public Schools, the City of Tulsa, and many Tulsa arts organizations.


The goals of Any Given Child-Tulsa is to ensure that all TPS students in grades K-8 receive a quality, sequential arts education that encompasses both school and community resources.  A part of TPS curriculum, all K-8 students will experience an arts-focused field study trip and arts-integrated curriculum each year.  Teachers will also receive free, extensive professional development opportunities in arts integration.


The following arts-focused field study trips are provided to all K-8 TPS students;

Kindergarten - a theatre performance at Tulsa PAC

First Grade- a visit to Gilcrease Museum

Second Grade - a performance of a childrens' opera by Tulsa Opera

Third Grade - a visit to Philbrook Museum

Forth Grade - a performance of modern dance by Choregus Productions and a performance by Chamber Music Tulsa

Fifth Grade - a performance by the Tulsa Ballet

Sixth Grade - a visit to the Hardesty Arts Center

Seventh Grade - a visit to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

Eighth Grade - a performance by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra


Oklahoma A+ Schools

100 N. University Dr., Campus Box 97

Edmond, OK 74034-5207

(405) 974-3779;

 “What most of you know that maybe others don’t is that out there right now is some kid with a great song in their head we’ve yet to hear or a novel in their heart that has yet to be written.  There’s someone out there that hasn’t picked up a paintbrush yet but has a masterpiece on the horizon.  There’s a kid out there who hasn’t picked up a camera yet but could end up making a memorable film of their time.

 What most of you know that others might not as clearly see, is that the nurturing of creativity comes into play in the everything from world diplomacy to world economics, business endeavors to social endeavors and everything in between.  It is creativity that gives all of the nuance that often makes the difference.  In all its forms, art plays a critical role in finding our way as people and as a culture.”

`Robert Redford, April 2008 in address to the United States Congress

 Oklahoma A+ Schools® is a research based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creative learners.  Network schools are provided with ongoing professional development, an integrate support system, and an active research component conducted by university professors.

 Each participating school builds community to enhance the development of creativity, innovation and critical thinking of their students.  The research results each year are proof that the model is successful in leading to higher achievement, and joyful and engaged students.

 Oklahoma A+ Schools in the Tulsa Public Schools district include:  Chouteau Elementary, Eugene Field Elementary, Grimes Elementary, Grissom Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Owen Elementary  Schools.

Harwelden Institute

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa


2210 South Main

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

(918) 584-3333;

 Harwelden Institute is modeled after the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education in New York City and is one of only 19 programs in the world. It instructs classroom teachers on ways to integrate the arts into their core classroom curriculum. Through hands-on workshops, professional artists encourage teachers to create and experience art in new ways. The Institute consists of a summer session for teachers and a school year experience for their students. The teachers and the artists together create lesson plans focused on a piece of artwork.

 Harwelden Institute schools in the Tulsa Public Schools District include:

Chouteau Elementary

Cooper Elementary

Eliot Elementary

Emerson Elementary

Eugene Field Elementary

Grimes Elementary

Grissom Elementary

Lanier Elementary

Lee Elementary

Lindbergh Elementary

Mark Twain Elementary

McKinley Elementary

Newcomer Elementary

Owen Elementary

Park Elementary

Phillips Elementary

Remington Elementary

Robertson Elementary

Sandburg Elementary

Sequoyah Elementary

Whitman Elementary

And Lewis & Clark MS

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