Welcome to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Education (KC-PIE) for the greater Lansing area. The relationship between Ingham ISD and Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity began in 2010 and has been serving K-12 area teachers from all across the district ever since. The KC-PIE program is based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.

This program program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide teachers professional training in arts integration.

Each year a dedicated group of administrators, teaching artists and classroom teachers are committed to expanding the role the arts play in classrooms. The KC-PIE program strives to support teachers in these efforts. We hope that you will learn more about the program, ask questions, think in new ways and join us in this important work.

Joni Starr, Administrative Coordinator, Ingham ISD
Bert Goldstein, Director, Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity

What is Arts Integration?

"ArtsEdge" at Kennedy Center defines arts integration as “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process, which connects to an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.”

Currently, almost 100 Partnership Teams in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia participate in the program. Wharton Center and Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) have been the Mid-Michigan Partnership Team since 2007!

Arts Advocacy Breakfast

Each  year, the Mid-Michigan KC-PIE Partnership Team hosts the Arts Advocacy Breakfast. This event brings together educators, superintendents, principals, politicians and artists to showcase how mid-Michigan schools are integrating arts into classrooms.

2019-20 Arts Advocacy Breakfast
October 23, 2019, 7:30am
Jackson Lounge, Wharton Center

Arts Integration Summer Institute

Ingham ISD and MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center, under the direction of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program, offer the Annual Arts Integration Summer Institute.

For three days during August, educators from across mid-michigan come together to deepen their understanding of arts education through activities, presentations, group discussions, peer learning, writing and implementing an arts-integrated project. Guest artists work alongside educators and share their expertise in their respective art discipline.

2019-20 Arts Integration Summer Institute
August 6-8, 2019
Michigan State University, Snyder-Phillips Hall

Classroom Residencies

Each KC-PIE educator has the opportunity to select from local teaching artists in the visual or performing arts to work directly in their classroom. Teaching artists collaborate with classroom teachers to plan, write, implement and assess a three-day, arts integrated residency. Both educators support and engage with students as they learn through participation in the creative process. At the end of the year, all participants meet for final reflection and celebration of the year’s work in arts integration.

Participate in Arts Integration

Schools served by Ingham ISD and Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity are eligible to become Focus Schools. Ideally, each school identifies a team, including: a building administrator, at least one arts specialist/teacher and a number of classroom teachers who:

  1. Engage in professional learning and planning during the Arts Integration Summer Institute;
  2. Implement plans throughout the academic year, contributing to and receiving support through an Arts Integration Professional Learning Community;
  3. Host a teaching artist for a collaborative arts integrated curriculum in classrooms/the school;
  4. Report and showcase the results of their efforts in an annual report to stakeholders.

Educators can earn State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for full participation.

To register:

Complete and return the 2019-20 Arts Integration Focus School Agreement. This form requires the signatures of all team members and indicates a commitment to full participation in the following:

  1. Summer Institute
  2. Professional Learning Communities
  3. Teaching Artist Collaboration
  4. Reporting

In some cases if a team cannot be formed, individuals or two parties may attend.

For more information on becoming a Focus School, please contact Lonnie Thomas.

Professional Learning Communities

Three times during the academic year, educators from participating Arts Integration Focus Schools get together to discuss and learn about new topics in arts integration. Each Professional Learning Community meeting provides for exchange between teaching artists and classroom teachers, peer-to-peer learning, modeling of activities and workshops by specialists. This is an opportunity for teachers’ to share their experiences.

2018-19 PLC Meetings will be held on:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
4:45-7 pm

Wednesday, February 19, 2019
4:45-7 pm

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
4:45-7 pm