ArtsEdLab 2017-12-11T08:33:06+00:00


Holidays and Celebrations

This is the season of celebrations, activities and a whole lot of excitement in schools. But sometimes, it can be tricky to know how and when to celebrate various cultures. In this issue, we’re sharing ideas, strategies and lessons that both explore and expand these conversations.



The commercials have already started.  “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” is coming through store speakers everywhere.  And both students and teachers are filled with a buzz of excitement.  This month, it’s all about holidays and celebrations.

But this can be a tricky time of year for schools.  We want to embrace all of our students’ cultures – and that means that some of our students either don’t celebrate the holidays at all, celebrate different holidays than the majority, or sadly – cannot celebrate the holidays.

This is where the arts are the most powerful!  Students are able to channel their ideas, feelings, and values in and through the arts as a vehicle for expression.  It is so important that we provide those kinds of opportunities – especially during this month of activities.

In this issue, we’re sharing articles that both address the courageous conversations surrounding the holidays. And you’ll find lots of new strategies and lesson ideas to help engage and focus your students.

And if you haven’t already seen, we’ve just released our new IntegratED Curriculum for grades K-5.  If you’re looking for meaningful arts integration and STEAM lessons that are sequential and fit seamlessly into your current curriculum, I hope you’ll check it out.  We’ve done all of the heavy-lifting for you: lessons, assessments, powerpoints, student handouts – it’s all there.

No matter what, I hope your holiday season is filled with joy, love and lots of community.

All my best,

Susan Riley, Founder of