The following are suggestions for engaging community partners in Visual and/or
Performing Arts enrichment activities.
Although the research to support method/approach may be targeted at one or more grade levels/spans, please consider enacting any/all of these approaches in your school and/or community, as appropriate.
|RESEARCH TO SUPPORT METHOD/APPROACH
FREE WEB-BASED RELATED RESOURCES
|Contact your local art museum/performing arts venue
|Many community art museums/performing arts venues have infrastructure to support Summer learning/enrichment.
|Contact your local Community Center/Library
|Explore their capacity to offer programming that could explore arts integration into other areas (science, technology, mathematics, engineering, ELA, Social Studies, Languages, etc.)
|Contact your local park/ecology partner
|There are many positive links to arts education/development of empathy with connections to nature as inspiration.
|Contact The Maine Arts Commission for assistance in finding teaching artists in your region
|The Maine Arts Commission has a robust directory of vetted teaching artists who could potentially provide Summer programming to student groups.
|Ask your staff to provide cross-content/interdisciplinary learning experiences for your students
|There is a great deal of research to suggest that integrating opportunities for arts exploration into learning experiences of other content areas benefit students in a holistic way.
|Consider incorporating arts educator-led arts activities coupled with other content areas to increase student engagement
|Research suggests that incorporating routine arts activities into a variety of learning environments with all varieties of population (traditional, special services, ELL, etc.) can greatly increase student engagement.
|Explore offering concentrated arts enrichment opportunities to students of special populations (special services, ELL, lower socio-economic status, etc.)
|Improvements in speech processing, vocabulary building, etc. can be enhanced through arts-specific and arts-related opportunities.
Schools are also encouraged to direct students to the asynchronous learning modules found on the MOOSE platform. There are many arts-integrated learning pathways to be explored at all grade spans.