Arts Integration: current news, studies and literature


At Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, we believe in the power of the arts, not only to develop the next generation of passionate artists, but also the next generation of successful leaders across all sectors. As such, we are committed to fostering a deeper relationship with the arts for students of all ages.

In this pursuit, we have collected a series of resources, which you’ll find through the tabs above, to guide you in further integrating the arts into your curriculum. This includes websites that cultivate the leading research and studies on the arts and arts education, information about educational standards and suggestions as to how you can deepen your students’ relationships with the arts on a consistent basis.

We encourage you to share any other resources you may know of, such as recent studies, academic papers and articles. In addition, we would love to hear from you about any conferences, events and other social and professional opportunities that you have found helpful or are interested in exploring. Please email with your recommendations.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these works are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Resource websites

The Common Core: articles and stories of interest

As national education policy shifts towards the Common Core Standards, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is committed to modifying our programming to satisfy and exceed these new requirements. Below are articles about how the Common Core will affect schools in California and the importance of the relationship between the arts and the Standards. For additional information about these specific educational shifts, please see the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”
—Mission Statement, Common Core State Standards Initiative

How the Common Core will affect California schools: “A curriculum crunch for California”

A Review of Connections between The Common Core State Standards and The Next Generation Arts Standards: Common Core Alignment

Reactions to Common Core testing instituted across the country, focused on New York: “A Tough New Test Spurs Protests and Tears”

“Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core”

The benefits of arts in schools: articles and stories of interest

On a national level, there is increasing support for more arts programs in schools, with countless resources advocating for the ability of the arts to support classroom curriculum and also improve the general well-being of schools and communities. Below are just a few examples.

“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”
—William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

A high school teacher reflects on the effects of No Child Left Behind: “A warning to college profs from a high school teacher”

An interpretation of Dr. Seuss aids in highlighting interpersonal issues between students: “Anti-Bullying Theater Program Latches Onto Lessons of ‘Sneetches’”

Analysis that offers an understanding of data collected about arts education: “Arts Education—A Detective Story”

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education

“The Case For The Arts In Overhauling Education”

“The connection between Shakespeare & Autism”

“Top 10 skills children learn from the arts”

STEM to STEAM: articles and stories of interest

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is joining the national conversation about adding the arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. STEM + Arts = STEAM. Look here for more resources about STEM to STEAM.

“STEM is based on skills generally using the left half of the brain and thus is logic driven. Much research and data shows that activities like Arts, which uses the right side of the brain supports and fosters creativity, which is essential to innovation. Clearly the combination of superior STEM education combined with Arts education (STEAM) should provide us with the education system that offers us the best chance for regaining the innovation leadership essential to the new economy.”
—Mission Statement,

“Beyond STEM: A New ‘STEAM’ Challenge for Teens”

“For Today’s Students, Creativity Matters: How the Allegheny Valley School District moved from STEM to STEAM”

“From STEM to STEAM: A Carnival Ride Into Engineering”

“STEM to STEAM—Recognizing the Value of Creative Skills in the Competitiveness Debate”

Integrating the arts: tools and guides

Here are some practical ways to foster your students’ relationships with the arts, through innovative new ideas, participation in extracurricular activities and in the classroom.

“12 Ways to Bring the Arts into Your Classroom”

“Integrating the Arts with Technology: Inspiring Creativity”

“Music and Learning: Integrating Music in the Classroom”

The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project

More resources

“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”
—President Barack Obama

Design Thinking: Training Yourself to Be More Creative

Yo-Yo Ma speaks at Arts Advocacy Day 2013 about the role the arts played in giving him direction and in shaping the lives of others: Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy: Yo-Yo Ma

A video looking at science through an artistic lens: Richard Feynman—Ode to a Flower

A study recently published by Adobe which focuses on the role and repute of creativity internationally: State of Create: Global benchmark study on attitudes and beliefs about creativity at work, school and home



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