Units have been uniquely designed for individual classrooms through the collaboration of classroom teachers, specialty teachers and the teaching artists. Each project integrates grade level curriculum, a teaching artist's residency and a live performance or cultural organization site visit. The goal of these units is to promote artistic exploration by the students as well as strengthen their 21st Century skills and core subjects of ELA and mathematics.


Since the start of the 2015-16 school year, five-week units of study have been designed and implemented in Grade 4 and 5 classrooms during the fall and spring semesters. The projects' live performances or cultural organization site visits have served as a springboard for the study of a curriculum-based theme or topic.

Building Confidence through Ballroom Dancing

Building Confidence through Ballroom Dancing

Grade Level : Grade 5
Content Area : Character Education
Guiding Question : What can we do to overcome our insecurities?
Artistic Discipline : Performing Arts
Unit Topic : Social-Emotional Literacy