Arts Integration


Arts Integration is an innovative and dynamic teaching approach that connects an art form with a core subject area and leads to parallel learning in both.

Examples Include:

  • History -> Theater
  • Science -> Dance
  • Reading -> Visual Arts
  • Math -> Music
  • Language -> Puppetry


    The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts would like to congratulate our newest teaching artists!  These local artists will be trained in the Kennedy Center philosophy of Arts Integration and may serve as a resource for K-12 educators and other local organizations throughout the Bexar County area who seek to integrate arts into their non-arts curriculum.

    Congratulations to Adam Fellers (theatre), Alejandro Pesina (music, dance, and theatre), Aurelia Rocha (music), Austin Thompson (film and puppetry), Barbara Hand (visual art), Katrin Blucker-Ludwig (puppetry), Louis Cardenas (digital media and music), Misty Gonzales (digital art and web design), Ruthie Buescher (devised theatre), and Tammy Kai Frazier (theatre).


    Teacher Professional Development
    Click here to learn more about the Professional Development workshop series for 2020-2021!
  • Register through your ISD or email [email protected]

  • All 2020-2021 events through May will be virtual.

Through a partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program, The Tobin Center provides training for classroom teachers in art integration.  Through these techniques, the arts become a regular part of the classroom experience and leverage learning in science, language arts, mathematics and social studies.

Arts Integration increases student engagement, creates a dynamic classroom environment, and levels the playing field for student academic success.

Pilot partner North East Independent School District engaged 874 teachers in this professional development in the first year alone (2016-17). In 2017-18, we reached over 640 more and, in 2018-19, nearly 1,300 teachers attended our workshops! In 2019-2020 Pre-COVID, we had already reached 536 teachers.  

The Tobin Center is now registered with the TEA and is able to provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit for attendance at our workshops.

Generation NEXT is proud to now partner with San Antonio Independent School District to provide Arts Integration professional development to SAISD teachers. 

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and North East Independent School District are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.  Selected because of our demonstrated commitment to improvement of education in and through the arts, the Partnership Team participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education. The program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation in developing and expanding educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional development in the arts for teachers.

There are currently almost 100 other partnerships across 42 states already participating in the program.

Click here to read more about this exciting partnership.

For more information on Education, please contact [email protected]