Arts Education

Professional Development

The Kennedy Center Partners in Education program offers professional development in arts integration.


There is no cost for participating in the following workshops. 

Shadow Stories: Exploring Stories through Shadow Puppetry with Daniel Barash
September 20 - 21, 2018  

Think Like a Scientist: Developing Science Practice through Visual Arts with Jamin Carter
November 7, 2018

Cut Paper: Pathway of Creative Writing with Jamin Carter
November 8, 2018 

Weather on the Mover with Harlan Brownlee
March 28, 2019 

KC Metro Arts Integration Symposium
July 22 - 24, 2019

About The Program

The Carlsen Center Arts Education Program and the Shawnee Mission School District expanded their 2014 Partners in Education team to include Liberty Public Schools. The expanded team is one of three cross-state partnerships in the nation. The National Partners in Education Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selects teams across the United States because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts.

The 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 an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

The Kennedy Center Partnership Team collaborates to provide arts integration learning opportunities for teachers throughout the year. Our goal is to create and develop arts programs for the education of teachers to:

  • Expand their abilities to integrate the arts into the curriculum
  • Provide innovative teaching techniques and tools
  • Inspire the artist within each of them