Arts Integration



The Arts Integration Program is part of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center staff assists arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems so they can better help all students learn more effectively across the general curriculum through the arts. This program is designed to establish or expand professional development programs in arts integration for all Nevada teachers. Sierra Arts Foundation and Washoe County School District are local partners with the Kennedy Center and offer 3-session workshops for teachers in WCSD to integrate art education into their current curriculum. These workshops are 15-hours in length to equal 1-credit of continuing education through the Nevada Department of Education. Arts integration enhances student engagement and depth of knowledge in core academic subject areas. Arts Integration is a modality that has been shown to work successfully across all socio-economic boundaries, proving that highly engaged students are on the path to graduation.

Literacy Through Arts Integration

Bringing Arts Integration into the Classroom

Sierra Arts Foundation’s Arts Integration Program places an emphasis on literacy learning through Arts Integration in support of the Read by Grade 3 initiative. To learn more about this program please contact Tia Flores at

Program History

The Kennedy Center Partner’s in Education, or Arts Integration program, began in 2009 with the mutual goal between Sierra Arts Foundation and Washoe County School District to create and develop arts programs for the education of teachers in order to expand their abilities to integrate the arts into Common Core Curriculum. This partnership helps provide teachers with innovative teaching techniques and tools while building their confidence and enthusiasm while teaching in and about the arts. The Kennedy Center partnership is now in its seventh year, will continue to provide sustained and intensive professional development opportunities for teachers to increase their knowledge of the arts and to learn how to use the arts as a stepping stool for teaching. Representatives from each SAF and WCSD travel to the Kennedy Center annually for extensive training.

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John F. Kennedy Center: Partnership in Education

The Partners in Education program at the Kennedy Center is based on the belief that the professional development of teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The Kennedy Center’s extensive experience with its local professional development program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program. As of 2011, 100 Partnership Teams in 46 States and the District of Columbia participate in the program. Each Partnership Team consists of at least two members: a representative of an arts organization and a representative of the upper administration of a neighboring school district.

Thank you

Thanks to our corporate sponsors and art patrons who make this program possible. Each year the funding structure changes slightly due to the capacity of the other non-profit foundations and donor needs. Donations have been received for this program from Washoe County School District and The Kennedy Center.


For more information about this program please call or email Tia Flores, Program Director at