- Arts Integrated Campus: Campus engages in partnership with COCA at multiple levels and includes arts integration as a critical part of their overall vision and goals. COCA provides support for implementing and maximizing programming throughout the building and over the course of the year.
- STEM to STEAM: Campus values arts integration within the STEM setting and partners classroom science teachers with COCA teaching artists for multi-week residencies.
- Arts Integration Residency: Campus values arts integration within the general education classroom. COCA teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to engage in a multi-week interdisciplinary unit.
Our Arts Integration Model
Arts integration incorporates the arts throughout the learning process by infusing some form of art, such as theatre, music, dance, drawing, poetry, or other expression of creativity into the core curriculum.
Interchange in Action
See how Interchange’s arts integration 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 integration residencies as a way to provide professional development for classroom teachers.
Today, Interchange provides collaborative arts integration residencies that partner teaching artists from local arts and cultural organizations with teachers from the St. Louis Public Schools, University City Public Schools, Ferguson-Florissant School District, and many more.