ArtsBank, Inc.

Why ArtsBank?

ArtsBank is designed to help students maximize their potential in creative and critical thinking. We believe that the arts are an essential part of education, and our children should have opportunities to be educated in all of the arts.

A comprehensive arts education program draws on the expertise of classroom teachers, the skills and experiences of professional artists, and a mix of cultural resources.

ArtsBank teaching artists are practicing artists. They have cultivated work habits that directly transfer from the studio to academia. These skills transfer to the outside world, and foster an improved work ethic and an interest in lifelong learning.

Our teaching artists work with the classroom teachers to expand the students' learning experience. Together with the classroom teacher, they integrate themes and ideas from the core classes into the art lessons. In our classes, students learn how to:

  • Engage—a work habit that applies to any field. Students must be focused and able to identify relevant problems and then work through them over sustained periods.

  • Articulate concepts—students learn to discuss abstract ideas with others by questioning and explaining the work and the processes.

  • Evaluate and make decisions—students learn to evaluate their work and the work of others. They are taught to be aware and accepting of differing decision-making processes and work styles. The ability to assess and evaluate their own work and that of others is an important managerial skill.

  • Experiment and explore—students learn that, to grow and develop, they need to experiment and take risks. This teaches students to reach beyond their capacities, to explore without a preconceived plan, and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes and accidents.

These techniques and resources help students reach their full potential. Studies show that learning the arts is an essential part of education as it enhances creative and critical thinking in all areas of learning. Two sites that promote this concept are noted below:

Appalachian Education Initiative

We follow the Appalachian Education Initiative. It is our belief that the arts make a real difference in the lives of students who have arts education opportunities and must be valued in the education of all students from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades. Students who have the opportunity to study the arts build skills that are imperative to their successes in every other course they study and in their futures as adults.


The Kennedy Center instituted ArtsEdge in 1996 as its educational media arm—reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies. The program supports the creative use of technology to enhance the educational experience for K-12 teachers, parents, and students.

STEAM—is an expansion of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curriculum. The "A" is for arts.

Download “Defining Arts Integration” by Lynne B. Silverstein and Sean Layne. It describes how The Kennedy Center helps “teachers leverage learning in other subject areas such as science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies” through the arts.

"When I examine myself and my method of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge."
(Albert Einstein)