Published: Published: September 12th, 2019

Celebrate National Arts in Education Week with Technology

Today in celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Erin Henderson, Title IV-A Digital Learning Specialist, shares resources & inspiration for integrating technology into the five artistic disciplines: Music, Media Arts, Theater, and Visual Arts.

“Artists can share their work better than ever before by incorporating technology into performances and art and utilizing technology to market their skills and create a digital portfolio. Arts educators can introduce technology tools to streamline classes, create student portfolios, and communicate with students and their families. If you are looking for inspiration and ideas on how to integrate technology into your arts classroom and build your student’s digital literacy in the process, check out some of the resources compiled below. Take your arts classroom to the next level! Collaborate with technology and computer science teachers! ”


Dance Choreography Improves Girls’ Computational Skills Clemson University studies how dance choreography can improve girls’ computation skills and help them understand coding and programming. This is a way to increase representation of girls and women in STEM fields.  

danceLogic: This 14-week program teachers girls ages 13-18 how to dance and code, as well as teamwork, dedication, and focus. Watch the CBSNews coverage of this wonderful community program.  

Dance Party Code Tutorial from Code.org:Students learn to code their very own dance party in under one hour! Teachers can also utilize theDance Party Unplugged lesson as an introduction the Hour of Code tutorial, or as a standalone activity if you do not have technology available. 

Extension Activity: 

  •  Students can share their Dance Party Code video with the rest of the class, using a website like Padlet.  
  • After they code their dance, they can perform their code live for the rest of the class.  

Media Arts: 

Media arts and technology go hand-in-hand. Students can use technology to take and edit photos, create films, code websites, apps, and video games, create interactive simulations and digital arts, and really, the possibilities are endless. New technologies are creating entirely new art fields and university programs.   

How Technology Continues to Change the Film Industry: Part of the “Every Job is a STEAM job” series from Ozobot, this blog describes how technology plays a vital and changing role in the film industry and why all film students should be learning technology.  


Composing Code: Why Musicians Make Great Software Developers: All the things that make musicians great, are the same things that make them excellent coders; they are analytical, logical, and methodical with the ability to recognize and manipulate patterns.  

How Technology is Changing Music Education: Tim Topham hosts Simon Rushby on his podcast that discusses how technology is changing music education, including the flipped classroom, making the best use of students’ smartphones, and the best apps to use in your classroom.  

Music Lesson Tips: Lauma Kazaka offers practical approaches and programs to integrate technology into your music classroom.  

Tech in the Music Classroom Creates Efficiencies, Improves Accessibility: Meghan Bogardus Cortez discusses how technology can be utilized in a meaningful way in music classrooms, from 3D printing custom musical instruments, apps to help students compose, and creating links between music, coding, and computational thinking.  


How Technology is Changing Theater Design: Part of the “Every Job is a STEAM job” series from Ozobot, this blog describes how technology is changing theater design and why all theater students should be using technology. 

Technology in the Theater Classroom: The Drama Teacher Podcast discusses tools, tips, and tricks to incorporate technology into the Theater classroom. Many of these tools can be utilized in other arts’ classrooms as well. 

The Top 25 BFA Theatre Design & Tech Programs: Technology is critical to Theater Design. Explore 25 college degree programs the integrate theater, design, and technology.  

Visual Arts: 

Bringing Technology into the Visual Arts Classroom- Watch Mr. Leichnitz utilize technology in his Graffiti Art project.  

The Visual Arts and Technology- Students are using technology in their everyday lives to create and produce art. This article briefly discusses how visual arts teachers can harness this interest in their classrooms.  

10 Ways Technology can Enhance the Art RoomWynita Harmon guides readers through 10 ways teachers can utilize technology to enhance the traditional art room.  

What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the Art Room?– Middle School art teacher Tracy Hare discusses the perfect balance of technology in the art room. Too little and your students miss out on the opportunity to develop the 4 C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Too much and your students miss out on the benefits of a traditional arts classroom.  


Email [email protected] with questions or requests for more information on how to build students’ digital literacy in your arts classroom.

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Published: Published: August 7th, 2019

The Molly Blank Fund- ASU Gammage Teaching Artist Roster

After a year of training facilitated by ASU Gammage in The Kennedy Center’s arts integration method, the first cohort of The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists are available to work in schools. If you are looking to infuse the arts in your classroom, these teaching artists are trained and ready to share their artistic disciplines with students in ways that meet classroom learning objectives.

The Office of Arts Education is so excited to announce that the first cohort of The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists has been published in this roster. Check it out and imagine the creative possibilities in the classroom!

MBF ASU Gammage Teaching Artists Roster

For more information about the Teaching Artists Roster or The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists Program please contact [email protected]

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Published: Published: April 1st, 2019

Create Academy partners with Rising Youth Theatre to Implement a “Theatre for Healthy Emotional Development” Program

As April begins, we are sneaking in a few more highlights to celebrate Arizona Youth Arts Month. We are excited to highlight how theatre programming at an Arizona school contributes to social and emotional learning and positive school climate at Create Academy.  

“Theatre for Healthy Emotional Development” is an arts-based residency run by Rising Youth Theatre in partnership with Create Academy, a Phoenix elementary school. Rising Youth Theatre teaching artists engage students in learning and practicing healthy personal, interpersonal, and social skills. These critical skills support academic learning, and lead to a long-term positive relationship with school. Theatre skills are the program foundation, providing participants with an emotional “toolbox” for this critical work. The entire school community is involved in the project. Artists use storytelling, interactive installations, improvisation, and collaboration tools with students as they practice being engaged citizens of their school and neighborhood. The program extends into the neighborhood through a unique partnership with Social Spin, a local laundromat. This partnership brings the learnings into home spaces as well, bridging into community spaces where families, health, education, and youth development intersect. Now in its second year, this program has resulted in a higher student retention rate, reduced instances of bullying, and increased youth participating in peer to peer advocacy and a higher competency related to healthy social-emotional skills and behaviors.

In order to share the experience of this program, school Principal Kelly Horn, Rising Youth Apprentice Teaching Artist Ty Muhammad, and 5th grade student Annabelle had a conversation about the program as they experience it:

How would you describe the theatre program at Create Academy?

A: Whenever I’m in theatre, I learn how to communicate better. We learn how to do drama, we practice different scenes, tableaux, and different games related to theatre. It helps students understand how to learn better to listen to each other.

K: We define the theatre program here as one of our artists in residence which means that we’ve got these guest artists lare specialists in theatre and the particular case with Rising Youth is that the theatre shares a mission for social activism like our school does. This is an important and very unique partnership. The ultimate goal of the program is that we partner with [Rising Youth Theatre] in creating not only a happier and healthier school community but that the impact of our works help to connect our school to the larger community as well.

T: I completely agree! I would also say it is about how the students connect to each other and interact with each other, as Annabelle mentioned. Students are able to learn how to listen to each other, to learn from each other, and to use theatre games and practices to give attention to things that are important to them. And also the way that y’all talk are able to resolve conflict in general.

What’s your favorite memory from the two years you’ve seen/experienced the program?

A: I like, when last year, when we did tableaux event where we invited parents and we practiced it and we kept practicing it again and again and again and we didn’t get to use props because it was our first time but we did get to record it [for practice] and we performed it in front of everyone on the last day of school.

K: I remember, last year, it was I think at the spring festival when we had parents in the audience as well and each of the grades were doing a little bit of what they’ve learned over the year. And there were a couple of moments that really jumped out at me. One of them was when the 3rd grade class was doing their work, a couple first grade parents were able to come into the scene and they could change places in the scene and they could say freeze and jump in and take someone’s spot. And it was cool because some of the parents got involved with that and practiced conflict resolution alongside their kids. I think that spoke to some of the community engagement. The other one was when the 5th grade class which is now the 6th grade class was talking about how they had actually used some of the techniques they had learned in the theatre program to talk with one another about some behaviors and bullying and things like that. That struck me because I thought it took a lot of courage for them to even be willing to share that they felt like they were being bullied to a group of strangers..

T: My story is really similar to that. Also last year, when we first started doing story circles, everyone was like “Oh this is gross I dont wanna tell my story.” but I have a specific memory of 4th grade now 5th grade of a bunch of students just sitting there, looking bored, not wanting to answer the story circle questions and passing, because we would allow them to pass telling their stories. But then comparing that to the end of the semester, them being very bummed out when we didn’t do a story circle one day. So Mr. Julio (one of the other teaching artists) and I looked at each other and realized that we couldn’t do the lesson, were gonna do a story circle because it’s what the students wanted. But it was super magical because I didn’t realize how important that space had become to the students.

Use one word to describe Create Academy’s current school culture.

A: Chameleon

K: Family

T: Electric

Comparing the beginning of the program to today, how has school culture evolved?

A: Well the first time I was in the class it was with different teachers and we did this energy passing ball where we imagine a ball and we pass it around the circle and we cannot talk while were doing and you have to focus only on the ball and passing it around. And we did other stuff similar to the energy ball except we had to shape it around, turn it into a different shape and then give it to the next person. And now at the end we do harder stuff. We do tableaux and we have taken videos of what we’ve done with our tableaux. We’ve filmed it and we created them ourselves.

K: I think students are talking about their problems more with one another in proactive ways instead of destructive ways.

T: I think along the same train of thought, people are more open in general. Not just about problems but I’ve seen students come out of their shell that I never thought would and I’ve seen friendships grow that I never thought would happen. And it’s really nice to see that, thinking that those two or three personalities would ever come together. It’s really special and I’m really lucky that I’ve been here for both years to be able to see that change.

For more information about Rising Youth Theatre and Create Academy, visit their websites:

Rising Youth Theatre is a youth leadership organization that uses theatre and story to position young people at the center advocacy spaces. The company works with young people and professional adult artists to create socially relevant, original plays. www.risingyouththeatre.org

Through an arts integrated curriculum anchored in project-based learning, Create Academy prepares all students for success in college, career, and society by teaching students to collaboratively invent, design, and implement creative solutions that address societal problems and injustices. www.createacademy.org

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Published: Published: August 13th, 2018

NEW Navigation Guide for Integrating the Arts!

Are you considering exploring Arts Integration at your school or LEA? EducationCloset has created this AMAZING Interactive Navigation Guide for ALL things Arts Integration! Have questions on how to Fund your new Arts Integration program? Just click “Funding” and be directed to relevant resources. Interested in learning more about Curriculum or Professional Development? Click the related links, and discover the answers to your inquiry!

Should you or your school be interested in learning more about Arts Integration and the affects this practice has on schools and students, please do not hesitate to contact us at ADE.

Happy Integrating!

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