Ingenuity’s Summit Series explores how schools, teachers and community partners come together to identify and fill the most pressing arts needs in each school. Expanding access to computers will help bridge some of the gaps between digital haves and have nots, but only in a context in which free wi-fi is coupled with new educational initiatives to help youth and adults learn how to use those tools effectively” (p. 13).
Organizations and outdoor education centers offer to teach children rock climbing, astronomy, horse riding, painting, musical instruments, kathak, story creation, theatre and basket weaving, yoga, cooking, mask-making, drawing cartoons/caricature, landscape painting and drawing, interactive games, storytelling, role plays, bonfires, tent-pitching, conversational skills, film-making module, soft skills enhancements, martial arts, modern contemporary dance, jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, and salsa.
The same report further states, visual arts instruction also helps students learn to value diverse perspectives and cultures, something that is increasingly important in a global society” (p. 7). In addition, Gude (2009) states, through artworks, students absorb the perceptions of others— situated in other times and places, embodied in other races, genders, ages, classes, and abilities” (p.4).
Strong evidence shows that theatre education in the form of enacting stories in the elementary level classroom (classroom drama) strengthens verbal skills (reading, writing, text understanding, etc.). Unfortunately, this does not seem to be a prevalent school practice in many schools.
Arts integration was introduced at Wiley H. Bates Middle School , in Annapolis, Maryland, as part of their school improvement plan in 2008 after the district applied for and was awarded a four-year grant under the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) Grant Program.