Our Arts Integration Model
Arts integration incorporates the arts throughout the learning process by infusing some form of art, such as theater, music, dance, drawing, poetry, or other expression of creativity into the core curriculum.
Interchange in Action
See how Interchange’s collaborative residencies use the arts to help students learn.
The concept for Interchange emerged in 2003 when the Ford Foundation approached COCA about a grant to use arts integration as a vehicle for academic improvement in the St. Louis Public School District. This funding allowed COCA and its partners to launch Interchange in 2006 as a community collaboration of arts and cultural organizations. Interchange expanded its model in 2008 to focus on using collaborative arts residencies as a way to provide professional development for classroom teachers.
Today, Interchange provides collaborative residencies that partner teaching artists from local arts and cultural organizations with teachers from the St. Louis Public Schools and Normandy School District. One of these schools, Jefferson Elementary School, is the St. Louis Public Schools’ first arts integration pilot school.