Visual and Performing ArtsWhy do we integrate the arts into the curriculum?
The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District is committed to creating dynamic learning opportunities for our children that motivate and inspire. Critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration are key skills for success in the 21st century. The arts are a tool for teaching these important skills. Integrating arts into the curriculum encourages experimentation, reflection, greater observation skills, creative problem solving, motivation, and elicits deeper learning. The arts enable students to have multiple entry points to learning.
As the district moves toward a model of problem based learning, the arts will be an essential element in the process. Visual arts, music, dance and theater provide a rich, rigorous, relevant, and engaging curriculum that helps develop literacy, critical thinking and enthusiasm for learning within each student.
Our district vision is to provide an extraordinary education for every child and a positive, supportive environment where each student can thrive. The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District has created an arts vision that aligns with our district vision: All Larkspur students K-8 will have daily access to comprehensive, sequential, culturally-dynamic, standards based instruction in the four arts disciplines: Dance Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.
Creating a model arts program requires extra funding. We are indebted to the support offered by SPARK, the Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools Foundation. SPARK provides the funding for:
- Visual and Digital Arts specialists at Hall, Cove & Neil Cummins. These specialists teach discrete art skills and collaborate with the faculty on arts integrated core units in the classroom.
- Music and Dance specialists. Music teachers can offer a more comprehensive program of general music, band, and choir to all students in our large district.
- 5th grade band equipment
- Art Supplies
The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District was awarded a generous five year grant (2009-2014) from the Marin Community Foundation to create model arts-integrated schools. The grant supported the district in increasing teacher capacity to teach art, the integration of art across subject areas and student exposure to discreet arts instruction.
For more information about this program, please contact:
Senior Director of Educational Services