We use the arts to change learning – and changes lives.

What is arts integration?

The Kennedy Center defines arts integration as an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process that connects an art form and another subject area, allowing them to meet evolving objectives in both.

Arts integration is designed to be a joyful, active and memorable learning experience. Incorporating the five recognized arts disciplines — visual arts, dance arts, theater arts, music arts and digital media arts — an arts integrated curriculum aligns with common core standard practices and fine arts standards. The arts become an approach to teaching, as well as the vehicle for learning.

Methodology: Our approach

Collaborative Assessment

All our partnerships begin with an initial needs assessment that represents a collaboration between ArtsNOW leadership and school administration.

Customized Planning

Then, we move into administrative planning sessions, developing a proposal to address immediate needs, as well as a multi-year plan to align ArtsNOW with the school-wide mission.

Service & Support

Finally, our partners receive ongoing service and support through consultations, onsite visits and virtual support. Partners are granted full access to online ArtsNOW materials.

Partnerships

Professional
Learning

Pacesetter
Programs

Collaborative Assessment

All our partnerships begin with an initial needs assessment that represents a collaboration between ArtsNOW leadership and school administration.

Customized Planning

Then, we move into administrative planning sessions, developing a proposal to address immediate needs, as well as a multi-year plan to align ArtsNOW with the school-wide mission.

Service & Support

Finally, our partners receive ongoing service and support through consultations, onsite visits and virtual support. Partners are granted full access to online ArtsNOW materials.

Partnerships

Professional
Learning

Pacesetter
Programs

Four levels of focused service and support:

Individual Schools

Regional Hubs

Innovation Centers

ArtsNOW Learning Lab

“My experience with ArtsNOW has improved my effectiveness as a teacher because I am more aware of the power of arts integration on engagement, communication, and differentiation.”
–4th grade teacher

Services: Creativity through collaboration

 
Known for our collaborative approach and research-based methods, ArtsNOW offers customized, immersive programs and professional learning for educational organizations of all sizes.
 

We engage with educational organizations in three ways:

Partnerships


ArtsNOW helps pre-K through 12 educators and administrators identify critical learning gaps and creative solutions to solve them. Then, with the help of our consultants and teaching artists, we develop customized professional learning plans to address those gaps for educators and advance student achievement.

Professional
Learning


We offer a series of seminars, workshops and one-on-one sessions with our teaching artists and consultants, each focused on fine arts and core content standards. All participants leave equipped with strategies and best practices for integrated instructional design and delivery.

Pacesetter
Programs


ArtsNOW has created customized extensions to students’ classroom learning known as Pacesetter Programs. These STEAM camps and extended learning programs provide interactive, integrated instruction to inspire continued academic and personal growth.

Results: Our mission in motion

Since 2006, ArtsNOW has served 293 schools within 32 school systems throughout Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Our integrated learning solutions have directly enriched the professional learning of nearly 30,000 educators, empowered the achievement of over 320,000 students, and inspired school communities with improved attendance and academic growth.

59%

total improvement

1st and 2nd graders who participated in ArtsNOW programming demonstrated 59% total improvement in Primary Grades Writing Assessment.

50%

greater confidence

Educators expressed who participated in ArtsNOW professional learning expressed 50% greater confidence in their teaching.

2X

more likely

Economically disadvantaged students enrolled in ArtsNOW programs were 2X more likely than their peers to score in the “exceeds” category in Social Studies.

ArtsNOW Partner Schools

These are schools that are at varying places in their arts integration journey. Each school is working to ensure that the arts are embedded as part of their culture. Some schools have a specific focus or grade level, while other schools have a school-wide focus. All are working in partnership with ArtsNOW to advance their local school plans.

Case Study: Barrow County

ArtsNOW and Barrow County have worked side-by-side to forge a true partnership in arts integration and integrated learning in grades pre-K -12th. This decade-long initiative has played a key role in transforming not only education in Barrow County, but also transforming the surrounding community. With the establishment the Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT), ArtsNOW established regional offices, grew its signature residency program through middle and high school and was instrumental in the design and development of both the Barrow County Art and Innovation Magnet (AIM) program and the newly opened Barrow Arts and Science Academy (BASA) for grades 9-12.

“More than just an educational partnership, this initiative has been a labor of love for the ArtsNOW organization and my team at BCSS. This is the perfect example of how the immersive, tailored approach and methodology of ArtsNOW brings learning to life through our teachers for the students, their families, and our community.”Dr. Chris McMichael, Superintendent, Barrow County School System
Partner Schools by District

Atlanta Public Schools | GA
Centennial Charter Academy, Atlanta
Hillside Conant School, Atlanta

Barrow County School System | GA
Arts and Innovation Magnet Program, Winder
Barrow Arts and Science Academy, Winder
County Line Elementary, Winder,
Russell Middle, Winder
Statham Elementary, Statham
Winder Elementary, Winder
Yorgo Elementary, Winder

Charleston County School District | SC
Angel Oak Elementary, Johns Island

Clayton County Public Schools | GA
East Clayton Elementary, Ellenwood
Forest Park High, Forest Park
Jackson Elementary, Jonesboro
Kilpatrick Elementary, Jonesboro
Riverdale Middle, Riverdale
Roberts Middle, Jonesboro
Sequoyah Middle, Riverdale
Stilwell High, Jonesboro
Tara Elementary, Morrow,
West Clayton Elementary, Atlanta

Cobb County School District | GA
Birney Elementary, Marietta
Brumby Elementary, Marietta
Clarkdale Elementary, Austell
Compton Elementary, Powder Springs
Dowell Elementary, Marietta
Ford Elementary, Acworth
Frey Elementary, Acworth
LaBelle Elementary, Marietta
Mableton Elementary, Mableton
Powder Springs Elementary, Powder Springs

Colleton County School District | GA
Cottageville Elementary, Cottageville, SC
Forest Hills Elementary, Walterboro, SC
Northside Elementary, Walterboro, SC

Douglas County School System | GA
Youth Villages Inner Harbour, Douglasville

Florence County School District 03 | SC
Lake City Early Childhood Center of the Arts, Lake City
J.C. Lynch Elementary, Coward
Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School, Olanta
J Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School, Lake City

Gwinnett County Public Schools | GA
North Metro Academy of Performing Arts, Norcross

Henry County Schools | GA
Fairview Elementary, Stockbridge
Hampton Elementary, Hampton
McDonough Middle, McDonough
New Hope Elementary, Locust Grove

Richmond County School System | GA
Willis Foreman Elementary, Hephzibah
Goshen Elementary, Augusta
Hephzibah Elementary, Hephzibah
Hephzibah Middle, Hephzibah

Savannah-Chatham County
Public Schools | GA

Gadsden Elementary, Savannah
Garden City Elementary, Garden City
Garrison School for the Arts, Savannah
Heard Elementary, Savannah
Marshpoint Elementary, Savannah

Ready to find out how ArtsNOW can bring learning to life for your students? Let’s talk.