Arts Education

Professional Development

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

Professional Development sessions for 2019-20

The following workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

Dear Kennedy Center Partners In Education Family,
As I am sure you are aware, the situation with the coronavirus is evolving. We want to take a moment to let you know that we are monitoring the situation closely and that your health and safety is our greatest priority. We know that the first question on everyone’s mind is, “Will the Arts Integration Symposium go on as planned this July?” And after much consideration, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel our in-person symposium this July. We can't wait to see you all again, but at this time, an in-person gathering of this nature is simply not a safe option.

CANCELED - Arts Integration Symposium July 22-24


About The Program

The Partners in Education program is a national partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Partners in Education program believes that the professional development of teachers is an essential component of efforts to include the arts in education for young people. The Kennedy Center’s extensive experience with its local professional development program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program. The Kansas/Missouri Team is the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, the Shawnee Mission School District, Liberty Public Schools and Kansas City Young Audiences. The 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

KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education Report Summary 2018-19 (pdf)