"Arts Integration is an excellent way to create experience based learning which inspires and informs reading, writing, listening, speaking, mathematics and much more!"
Art Teacher, Clague Middle School, Ann Arbor
"Inventive thinking is necessary for survival, optimizing our lives and advancing our society. Described as human behavior, art is an object or event used to facilitate inventive thinking. Arts Integration teachers devise creative methods for students to experience lessons, which can reach multiple learning styles simultaneously. The arts can also offer insight into the human emotional condition, which can deeply connect students to subject matter and help model how to treat each other."
Visual Artist & Professor, Eastern Michigan University
"Arts integration expands portals of entry into language and literacy development for young students as it opens up multiple forms of expression and conceptual connections. Arts integration is visually engaging and motivating. It promotes creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. It provides new ways to observe, think, and make meaning. Language/literacy revolve around symbolic representation, which is essential in the arts as well. When children have opportunities to explore various art forms, they deepen their understanding of themselves, others, and how concepts can connect at deeper levels."
Elementary Literary Consultant
"Arts education helps to improve student growth in all areas of academics and in the student growth mindset. Art is one of the ways we can help students to improve their understanding of mathematics, and how art and mathematics are part of their lives on a daily basis."
Anne Marie Nicoll-Turner
Meet Our Staff
Professor in Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University for 21 years and teaches a secondary content area literacy course and practicum. She has had many grants in the past relating to science and mathematics, storytelling, biographies, and writing. She is the co-director of the Thinking as an Artist in Core Curriculum Subjects grant with River Rouge.
Peggy Daisey, Ph.D
Deborah Harmon, Ph.D
Robert Carpenter, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Media and Technology (EDMT) in Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University and holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and a Ed.M in Business Education. She has more than 20 years combined experience teaching in higher education and conducting teacher professional development.