Why Culturally Responsive Arts Education?
How do we transform teaching practice to ensure all children are given the best circumstances for learning? Young Audiences works in partnership with schools and school districts to address this question through arts integration professional learning for educators. Our model helps teachers gain a better understanding of arts-integration and illustrates the importance of collaborative partnerships. Teaching artists and educators work side-by-side to solve curricular challenges, enhance a teacher’s skills, and develop teacher led lessons. Researchers, along with school administrators, and district leadership, credit the use of Culturally Responsive Arts Education professional learning for contributing to:
- increased student engagement, achievement, and attendance,
- teacher efficacy and satisfaction, and
- building a positive school climate and culture.
The following themes are core elements of the Creativity Consultant Project’s commitment to Culturally Responsive Arts Education.
- Employ the arts of the African Diaspora.
- Partner with artists in order to develop an instructional climate that promotes a positive racial identity, transformative Social Emotional Learning and Anti-Racism leadership.
- Develop leadership qualities within children.
- Forge collaboration among arts specialists, teaching artists and teachers of other core subjects.
- Employ artists in connecting to and developing relationships with the school community.