At Side x Side, we position art at the core of all learning. This means we are not creating visual aids to complement new knowledge; instead, we are creating new knowledge through art-based learning processes.
We believe that education infused with creativity and the arts is the most naturally engaging, effective, and inclusive form of education for all learners. Our programs and trainings enhance both student and teacher experiences, improve knowledge retention, and build confidence and community. Creative learning environments allow students to show up in new ways, building skills in collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership. Arts integration is proven to enhance student engagement, attendance, and academic performance, all while elevating school culture and community.
We build and support student and teacher connections to curriculum, peers, and community by incorporating arts integration and social emotional learning (SEL) into our school programs and professional development for teachers. We offer professional development opportunities that train teachers in arts integration and SEL so they can deliver curriculum in creative ways to engage, include, and support all students.
A Side x Side Classroom Program is a collaborative project designed by the classroom teacher and teaching artist to deliver standards-based classroom curriculum in an engaging, inclusive way utilizing different artistic mediums. Each program is unique, flexible, and creative—built to the needs of the students, classroom, and curriculum. We also include visiting experts and professionals related to the curriculum or artistic medium to give students a new perspective on possible career paths and how their unique personality, interests, and skill sets might serve them moving forward. We have operated programs in K–12 settings.
Check out our current school programs on our What’s New page or on Facebook, view our Programs at a Glance and our Visual Program Diaries on our Teacher Portal, watch a video about our “Moving Oceans” sculpture and illustration program for second graders at Reiche Elementary School (above), or see below for a couple of examples:
Shadow Theater program at King Middle School