Arts integration is the use of programs that weave core content subjects such as science, technology, literacy, math, and the humanities with the arts to enhance school curriculum and deepen learning.
What sets us apart?
Side x Side’s arts integration model engages students in creative learning by connecting art making with core classroom content bringing critical thinking, creativity, and innovation into the classroom. Students gain agency by connecting personal expression, voice, and relevant interests to their classroom experiences. Side x Side collaborates with local experts, teaching artists, school communities, and the University of Southern Maine to build connections through hands-on arts learning. Our programs strengthen social emotional skills and support more inclusive classrooms by providing equitable opportunities for demonstrating and expressing knowledge, creative collaboration, and community building.
Our framework supports all students in achieving rigorous academic standards while addressing the whole child. Our approach is particularly successful for disadvantaged students who include; English language learners (ELL), low-income students, students of color, those with adverse childhood experiences (ACE), those with learning, behavioral, developmental, or physical disabilities, and those with varied learning strengths such as dyslexia. We have found that struggling students find themselves re-engaged in our programs, while more advanced students demonstrate accelerated learning and sustained levels of motivation.
Why do we do it?