Infographic: What is Arts Integration?

By | 2016-12-05T13:34:27+00:00 April 3rd, 2014|

When we first started this website three years ago, it was with the focused intention of sharing a journey through Arts Integration.  Even after all of the growth and wonderful metamorphosis that our organization has undergone, this still remains at the heart of what we do.  We passionately believe that Arts Integration is the connective pathway toward reaching and teaching every child and empowers educators in their professional growth.

What’s more, Arts Integration is still somewhat misunderstood by many in the educational community.  We often receive emails and phone calls asking us “what is arts integration?” even with all of the information we share on this site to help answer that question.  Personally, I think it’s because Arts Integration is such a complex, yet elegantly simple, concept.

That’s why we’re sharing this infographic with you today!  We’re taken the meat and potatoes of Arts Integration and placed them in a document that makes it a little easier to digest.  We hope that you’ll download it and refer back to it whenever you have a question about whether or not something is truly “arts integration”.


what is arts integration


If you’d like to dig into using this approach in your classroom and get PD hours at the same time, check out our online course, The Creative Mindset Blueprint. You’ll get a certificate for 10 hours to use for CEUs and develop lessons you’ll actually use for your assignments.

PS – here’s an easy-to-understand definition for arts integration: arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning through which content standards are taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts. Share away with anyone you know who might be able to use it.

About the Author:

Susan Riley is the founder and President of She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.Email Susan
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  • Holly

    This is a fantastic visual. F.Y.I. there is a typo in the description under #3, “through ‘the own’ access points.”