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Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Written communication is a convenient substitute for spoken communication. For thousands and thousands of years, communication was spoken, one to one to one until everyone knew. Records were written down, but not stories. News was delivered by criers who walked through the streets yelling...

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Joan Weber created a website for the Centerstage Young Playwrights Festival. On it you can find great resources for teaching students about playwriting. In addition is a great collection of theatre games to play with students, as collected through the City Schools CenterStage Young Playwrights Festival curriculum project. Playwriting is an excellent way to integrate drama into your classroom. Students can write plays about any subject at all.

Reading Material

Joan Weber’s article from Teaching Artist Journal describes working with a 7th grade English class to give them a sense of Elizabethan history.  Teaching History to an English Class Using Theatre

Creativity & Associates Associate Karen Kohn Bradley discusses Arts-Informed Thinking: Initiations, Explorations, and Implications in this important paper. Arts Informed Thinking

The New York Times featured Drama in Education as part of a series on arts integration – Drama Strategies

Ten Capacities for Imaginative Learning from the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. “The word ‘capacities’ – rather than ‘knowledge’ or ‘skills’ – indicates that what can be learned from works of art or other objects of study in inexhaustible.”

The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform This second publication in the Arts Education Partnership’s Research and Policy Brief series focuses on the implementation and practice of eight demonstration sites participating in The Ford Foundation’s Integrating the Arts and Education Reform Initiative. The brief describes a number of strategies identified by site directors at this early stage of the initiative as useful for building and managing a collaborative organization that works toward integrating the arts into public education in an urban area. (Link opens a .pdf document.)

Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter – This article is a reprint of Dr. Kagan’s keynote address at the Learning, Arts and the Brain Conference. This is a terrific synopsis on why children should study the arts.

Critical Links – from Arts Education Partnership, highlights how the arts help kids learn (featuring the work of Creativity & Associates’ Karen Kohn Bradley)

Why the Arts Make Kids Smarter from Parenting Magazine

Building a Better Teacher –

All Our Futures – The Robinson Report – British report by Sir Ken Robinson about creativity and education

Artful Thinking Final Report

Learning, Arts and the Brain Conference Report – Report from Learning, Arts and Brain Conference held in Baltimore in 2009

Building Public Will – Metropolitan Group’s public will building model is utilized to create initiatives that engage the audience in formative research, and then marries high-profile media strategies with grassroots social movement techniques to create long-term social change. (

Eric Jensen article on whether the Arts Change the Brain. (Article in .pdf format.) Can Arts Change the Brain?


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Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is a global leader in education and the arts.

Project Zero is an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.

Chicago Arts Partners in Education (CAPE) advances the arts as a vital strategy for improving teaching and learning by increasing students’ capacity for academic success, critical thinking and creativity.

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education The American Alliance for Theatre and Education is the networking organization for theatre artists and educators.

Edutopia is a national resource site for education and educators. The site is innovative and informative. We use it all the time.

AEMS Alliance advocates for arts education policy in Maryland. It also operates the Maryland Artist-Teacher Institute, which trains school teachers in how to use arts integration (with all forms) in their classes. AEMS Alliance will come to your school to introduce the staff to the principles and benefits of arts integration. We recommend you contact them.

Kennedy Center’s ARTSEDGE site is chock full of wonderful lesson plans, training programs and resources for teachers and schools interested in integrating the arts throughout their curriculum. Another favorite site.

Arts Education Partnership, a national organization, provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.

Seattle Arts Corps, the largest nonprofit arts educator in the Seattle area, fosters creative habits of mind in young people through a passionate corps of teaching artists. This site is filled with great resources.

VSA Arts is an international nonprofit organization founded 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

The New Victory Theater - Intrinsic to The New Victory mission is that its performance season and education programs combine to create a unique artistic and learning experience that complements student development by utilizing the performing arts as an educational resource.Education page

Annie E. Casey Foundation – The Foundation believes that an essential step toward supporting child and family services is developing and positioning individuals to lead institutions and systems toward improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and families. Leadership Development Page


Taylor Mali – What Teachers Make (Performed at the very first Page Meets Stage pairing at the Bowery Poetry Club on November 12, 2005) Inspiring slam poem about teaching.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? (20 minute TED Talk)

Arts Integration PSA from Arts Every Day