Integrated Arts Program
The Integrated Arts program at Elk Meadow Elementary School is committed to educating the whole child by nourishing the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and artistic development of each student. We are committed to academic excellence and the development of artistic expression. We strive for an equitable learning community that eliminates disparities while fostering divergent thinkers.
To accomplish this mission, the Integrated Arts Program at Elk Meadow Elementary School adopts all purposes, missions, activities, and goals of the Bend-La Pine School District.
BACKGROUND & RESEARCH:
The hallways and classrooms at Elk Meadow Elementary School have come alive with art, music, drama, community resources, Artists in Residence, and meaningful creative expression. Through working with the highly successful Buckman School of the Arts in Portland, Oregon, Elk Meadow has begun the process of integrating the arts into all areas of study.
Research and current thinking supports this approach. In a report completed by the Arts Education Partnership, findings show that school children exposed to drama, music and dance may do a better job at mastering reading, writing and math than those who focus solely on academics. "Notions that the arts are frivolous add-ons to a serious curriculum couldn't be further from the truth," says James Catterall, Education Professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, who coordinated the research. The report is based on an analysis of 62 studies of various categories of art-ranging from dance, drama, music and visual arts-by nearly 100 researchers. It's the first to combine all the arts and make comparisons with academic achievement, performance on standardized tests, improvements in social skills and student motivation. Catterall says the studies suggest that arts education may be especially helpful to poor students and those in need of remedial instruction. "While education in the arts is no magic bullet for what ails many schools, the arts warrant a place in the curriculum because of their intimate ties to most everything we want for our children and schools."
Important findings in this research include:
• Drama: Helps with understanding social relationships, complex issues and emotions; improves concentrated thought and story comprehension.
• Music: Improves math achievement and proficiency, reading and cognitive development; boosts SAT verbal scores and skills for second-language learners.
• Dance: Helps with creative thinking, originality, elaboration and flexibility; improves expressive skills, social tolerance, self-confidence and persistence.
• Visual Arts: Improves content and organization of writing; promotes sophisticated reading skills and interpretation of text, reasoning about scientific images and reading readiness.
Library Linx Partnership
Elk Meadow is proud to be a partner with the Deschutes Public Library in offering our students and families the opportunity to be involved in the Library Linx program. For more information, please click on these links:
Deschutes Public Library