WANT TO USE THE ARTS AS A TOOL FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN YOUR SCHOOL OR DISTRICT?
The Arts @ Large model will help you plan and implement inclusive, comprehensive, arts-rich, collaborative projects that will motivate learning for all students!
Arts @ Large is a non-profit organization that provides multidisciplinary, arts-integrated experiences for Milwaukee Public School students by building sustainable partnerships between the arts community and K12 educators and students. Throughout our ten years of successful experience, Arts @ Large has tested and perfected many useful tools and processes. Now we’d like to share these tools with you in the Arts Wide Open ToolKit!
Consider creating a local team to plan arts-integrated projects for your school, district, or community. Throughout your journey you can adapt the tools and processes in the Arts @ Large ToolKit to meet your unique local needs and help you connect arts and academics for your students.
EXPLORE the Arts @ Large Model:
Examine, discuss, and modify the basic components of the Arts @ Large model and design your own approach to creating inclusive, arts-integrated learning experiences for your students.
In this link you will find:
- A “Foreword” that describes the passion and energy behind the Arts @ Large program. You may use it with your team as a springboard to discuss your own beliefs about the role of the arts in promoting inclusive environments.
- Arts @ Large Mission and Goals that may inform your own philosophy about why you are engaging in this process and what you hope to accomplish.
- “The Arts Are Essential Because” belief statements to use as an example as you clarify your own beliefs about the importance of arts in education.
- Arts Rich Environment Survey to help assess areas of need in current school programs.
- Arts @ Large Model Overview that can be used to create your own customized version of the model for your school, district, or community.
- A Sample Application Form that can be adapted for your schools (if this is a district-wide initiative) or teachers (if this is a school-wide initiative.)
- Arts Education Collaboration guidelines for you to use in considering the sustainability of potential partnerships.
Part 1: The Arts @ Large Program
PLAN a successful program:
Explore and adapt Arts @ Large planning tools to help you define, identify, partner, plan, implement, assess, and celebrate arts-integrated experiences for your students.
In this link you will find:
- DEFINE: Teachers, administrators, after school providers and students team with Arts @ Large staff to collaboratively define an overarching issue, idea, or concept where arts can be linked to academic content to create an exciting learning environment.
- IDENTIFY: Arts @ Large teams identify art forms (music, visual art, theatre, dance, literary arts) that connect to and can enhance teaching the selected topic or concept.
- PARTNER: Teams seek out, interview and invite artist educators, community service organizations and higher education to partner with teachers and students to create project-based, arts integrated activities.
- PLAN: Planning meetings are scheduled with participating teachers and selected partners to define goals and objectives of Arts @ Large projects.
- IMPLEMENT: Projects are implemented in a collaborative teaching model that involves both the community partners and teachers.
- ASSESS: Teams design and provide ongoing assessment of Arts @ Large projects.
- CELEBRATE: The school community celebrates the achievements of students, teachers, artist educators, parents and community partners.
Part 2: Planning a Successful Program & Part 3: Planning a Successful Program (con’t)
PARTNER with arts educators and community organizations:
Consider the role of the teacher, artist, and other partners as you define your collaborative approach.
In this link you will find:
- Role of the Teacher description defining the roles and responsibilities of teachers throughout Arts @ Large projects, which you may adapt as you define the role of the teacher in your projects.
- Role of the Artist description defining the roles and responsibilities of artists throughout Arts @ Large projects, which you may adapt as you define the role of the artist in your projects.
- Creating a Partnership checklist that you may modify to develop a project action plan and timeline.
Part 4: Arts Education Partnerships
REVIEWPROJECT EXAMPLES for inspiration and direction:
Explore project examples for inspiration as you determine your project focus. Many of the case studies featured below include teacher facilitation tools and / or video examples of completed projects.
Click on these project example links for inspiration.
Witness Albert Story School's triumph over bullying in their school using theater and videography art
Dare to Dream
Read curriculum created by 6 local artists and art organizations that challenge students to let their dreams guide their success
Emerson Abstract Art Project
Watch how inclusion of students of all learning and physical abilities can bring an entire school together to create visual art as a community
Growing Great Gardens
Learn how community gardens can help teach science and math, all while connecting neighborhoods and developing enviromental appreciation in students
H2O Peace Propaganda
It's Our World, Too
Want to teach you students how to change the world? Read these detailed school projects that have addressed issues from proverty to cancer
Learning On Display
Help your students create work that the community can experience by leading a student-created school museum project
Lowell School Hunger Task Force Boxes
See how partnership with local organizations like the Hunger Task Force can teach your students the importance of giving
Promote diversity, teach acceptance and bring students of all abilities together with these amazing curriculum ideas
River Trail Peace Project
Give your students a voice and watch them become leaders with these positive program examples of students leaders
Bring your students face to face with other cultures by providing mentors through this life-changing organization