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Kennedy Center Partners In Education

Arts education, the key to unlocking creativity in your students

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide teachers professional training in arts integration.

What is Arts Integration?

ArtsEdge at 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, which connects to an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.”

Currently, almost 100 Partnership Teams in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia participate in the program. Wharton Center and Ingham Intermediate School District have been the Mid-Michigan Partnership Team since 2007.

KC-PIE at Wharton

Welcome to the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program for the greater Lansing area. The relationship between Ingham Independent School District and Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity began in 2010 and has been serving K-12 area teachers from all across the district ever since. The KC-PIE program is based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.

Each year a dedicated group of administrators, teaching artists, and classroom teachers are committed to expanding the role the arts play in classrooms. The KC-PIE program strives to support teachers in these efforts. We hope that you will learn more about the program, ask questions, think in new ways and join us in this important work.

  • Joni Starr, Administrative Coordinator, Ingham County ISD
  • Bert Goldstein, Director, Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity

For more detailed information and registration access visit The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Education.