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Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teaching

From our friends at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts:

The Kennedy Center will present its third annual Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teaching this year on June 24-26 for teachers, principals, school district administrators, and partnering arts organization staff and teaching artists. Registration is now available for new and returning attendees.

During this three-day conference, you have the opportunity to explore the “how” of arts integration, rooted in the Kennedy Center’s 30 years of experience in professional learning for teachers. The conference unpacks the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration, provides many strategies that can make arts integration a .part of every teacher’s approach to teaching, A detailed agenda is available on the Kennedy Center’s website.


Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and is available for individuals or teams. Conference registration is limited to 140 attendees. Travel, lodging, and additional meals are the responsibility of participants.

Registration Fee (two options):

  • Option 1: $375 (includes conference registration, resource binder, meals [breakfasts (Monday-Wednesday, lunches (Monday & Tuesday)].
  • Option 2: $425 (includes conference registration, resource binder, meals [breakfasts (Monday-Wednesday, lunches (Monday & Tuesday), dinner (Tuesday), and one performance ticket to Anything Goes on Tuesday night (a $160 value)].

To register for the conference:

1.       Complete the online registration form by May 2.  If you are attending as a team, each team member should submit a separate registration form.  If you are interested in registering a team of more than 15 people, contact Michelle Carney at  first to determine availability.

2.       Choose the workshops and concurrent sessions that you wish to attend.

3.       Ensure that payment is received by the Kennedy Center no later than May 2. If payment is not received by the Kennedy Center at that time, your registration will be cancelled.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email confirming your acceptance and providing further information about the conference.  If you do not receive an email within 2 weeks of submitting your registration, contact Michelle Carney.

Once you have received a confirmation email that you have been accepted, book your travel and make your hotel reservations.  There are blocks of rooms reserved at One Washington Circle Hotel ( and The George Washington University Inn ( for a special rate of $239 per night.  Again, participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (202) 416-8842 or email Michelle.



The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.