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. For more information or to register, email Angel Mercier, Arts Education program director, or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 4221.

Shadow Box Portraits, by Kim McCormack
September 19 – 22, 2017  

Dances for an Expanding Universe, by Harlan Brownlee
November 20, 2017

STEAM Poetry Workshop, by Mimi Herman
January 16 – 17, 2018 

Animalia, by Hobey Ford
Spring 2018 

A Scientific Global Journey Through World Music, by Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra
Spring 2018

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