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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Arts Commission announced Tuesday that 80 educators and teaching artists will participate in Arts Integration Learning Labs professional development opportunities.

The Learning Labs, developed through a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Education, are designed to allow classroom educators and teacher artists to partner to create meaningful artistic integration experiences for their students, according to a press release.

Arts integration is about combining arts learning with other learning goals. Several full-day Arts Integration Learning Lab trainings have already taken place, with more planned for the future.

The learning labs follow the Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education program, a research program conducted by the IAC from 2015 to 2021, which explored the impact of a long-term artist residency in elementary classrooms . Research results from the PACE program have demonstrated clear growth and positive impact on learning outcomes and engagement of young people involved in the program. The Arts Integration Learning Labs will use learnings from the PACE program to develop the tools of educators and artists in creative teaching strategies.

Following the learning labs, educators will be able to apply for up to $3,000 in scholarship funding to put their learning into practice in their own classrooms.

“As PACE research shows, arts education is a key component of student learning and engagement,” said Miah Michaelsen, Executive Director of the IAC in the release. “These learning labs and subsequent scholarships will provide the training, networking, and funding needed to spread this work statewide for the benefit of Hoosier students.”

To find out more visit www.in.gov/arts/programs-and-services/training/arts-integration-learning-labs/.

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