Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is arts integration?
  2. What are some good resources for arts integration?
  3. How is the program funded?
  4. What is the Ticket Purchasing Program?
  5. How may Staff Development be provided through Arts in Education?
  6. Can NYSSMA/Music Festivals be purchased through AIE?
  7. How did the Arts in Education Program begin?
  8. What is the advantage of the arts in education?
  9. What is the relationship between arts and the Common Core?

What is arts integration?

The Kennedy Center’s Definition for Arts Integration: “Arts Integration is 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.”

Accessed July 6, 2012 at The Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE: http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/how-to/arts-integration-beta/what-is-arts-integration-beta.aspx

Arts Integration is instruction combining two or more content areas, wherein the arts constitute one or more of the integrated areas. The integration is based on shared or related concepts, and instruction in each content area has depth and integrity reflected by embedded assessments, standards, and objectives. Integrated instruction is often designed, implemented, and evaluated in collaboration with other teachers, arts specialists, community artists, and institutions; and delivered, experienced and assessed through a variety of modalities: artistic processes, inquiry methods, and intelligences.

Accessed July 6, 2012, at Southeast Center for Education in the Arts: http://www.utc.edu/Outreach/SCEA/artsintegration.php

What are some good resources for arts integration?



How is the program funded?

School districts purchase the AIE service for a fee through their BOCES. Services shared by two or more districts are eligible for a form of state aid that reimburses school districts for a portion of the costs of services provided by BOCES to the district. Districts pay for those services in a given school year and are reimbursed the following year. The amount of the reimbursement is based on the district's state aid ratio. School districts may also use local monies received from businesses, parent organizations, foundations, and private individuals to fund Arts in Education programming.

Outline of AIE Funding Process

What is the Ticket Purchasing Program?

The AIE office administers a Ticket Purchasing Program, which enables your school district to receive state aid on monies spent attending performing arts events, museums and arts-related educational enrichment programs. School districts must join the Arts In Education Service in order to use the Ticket Purchasing Program. Ticket purchases require a different type of transaction/contract from Artist Programs therefore we keep funds in separate accounts.

Use the appropriate ticket purchasing form to request payment for admission to field trip events and exhibits. Follow the instructions listed on the form.

An extensive list of places to visit for performances and field trips is found in the Museums and Cultural Centers section of the catalog. Names, addresses and phone numbers of many places school groups can visit are listed in this section. Other places, not listed, may be visited as well.

Ticket Purchasing Form (PDF - 150 KB)

How may Staff Development be provided through Arts In Education?

Staff development related to arts activities may be provided through BOCES AIE. AIE staff can come to your school, at no charge, to provide planning and curriculum integration workshops. Many AIE artists will provide workshops on specific art topics. See the Teacher Workshops section of the AIE catalog for program descriptions. You are not limited to the programs described in the catalog. When asked, many artists are willing to design workshops on specific topics. Also, teacher workshops held at museums and other institutions can be purchased through AIE. For in-school events use the AIE Request Form; for events elsewhere use the Ticket Request Form.

Artist Program Request Form (PDF - 126 KB)
Ticket Purchasing Form (PDF - 150 KB)

Can NYSSMA / Music Festivals be purchased through AIE?

Schools may purchase NYSSMA Participation, Music Festivals (local, regional, state), Professional Development through BOCES AIE. For questions about participation in arts festivals for other art forms contact the AIE office.

NYSSMA Festival Form(PDF - 96 KB)

NYSSMA Participation Form(PDF - 70 KB)

How did the Arts in Education Program begin?

This program began in 1986 through a grant received from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), enabling the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts (UCCCA) to work with the Catskill Regional Teacher Center and three area school districts (Sidney, Stamford and Unatego) to create a collaborative program dedicated to educating students using the arts. The current program developed from that pilot project, and now serves 35 school districts within our six-county area. Arts in Education Program is now coordinated by: Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES, 6678 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815-3554, in collaboration with: Otsego-Northern Catskill BOCES, 2020 Jump Brook Road, Grand Gorge, NY 12434; and Catskill Regional Teacher Center, Room 209 Bugbee Hall, SUNY Oneonta, NY 13820.

What is the advantage of the arts in education?

The arts “make a contribution to education that reaches beyond their intrinsic value. An education in the arts helps students learn to identify, appreciate and participate in the traditional art forms of their own communities. As students imagine, create, and reflect, they are developing both the verbal and non-verbal abilities necessary for school progress. At the same time, the intellectual demands that the arts place on students help them develop problem-solving abilities and such powerful thinking skills as analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating. A comprehensive, articulated arts education program also engages students in a process that helps them develop the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation necessary for a successful life.” . . .The Arts Resource Guide, NYS Education Dept.

Though we all understand that the arts add a measure of entertainment to our lives, the arts and artists presented in the Arts in Education program go far beyond that. They help students integrate what they learn about people, events, and places into their own lives. These arts programs promote personal growth and community understanding.

For further information visit the Arts Education Partnership website: http://www.aep-arts.org/research-policy/publications/

What is the relationship between arts and the Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) address literacy across the content areas, they do not replace content area standards in the other disciplines of study such as foreign languages, sciences, or the arts. The new National Core Arts Standards focus on dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts; the CCSS focus on English/Language Arts and Mathematics. CCSS call for creative practices found in the arts: Imagine, Investigate, Construct and Reflect.
For further information on the links between arts and the Common Core, visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com, the new National Core Arts Standards can be seen at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/
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