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Arts Integration Research

We did the research for Indiana, in Indiana.

The results are clear: Arts in the classroom make a difference for Hoosier students.

The Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (PACE) program model embeds an artist, long-term, in a classroom to leverage the creativity of art with the goals of the classroom.

Our research shows students are more engaged in school and have better outcomes in learning when the arts are in the classroom.

Arts integration is the work of skillfully combining arts learning with other learning goals. In the PACE arts integration model, we combined arts (dance, music, visual arts, or theatre), with literacy learning for elementary school classrooms. The data clearly shows, after experiencing a PACE arts integration residency in their classroom, students were stronger writers and communicators.

As a result of participating in the PACE program, students showed tremendous growth in all areas including:

15% growth in engagement

18% growth in writing skills

Getting Started


No matter where you are in the state, there are only three things you need for PACE to work in your school. Explore this section to learn more.
How to do PACE at your school

Proof that PACE Works


Based on findings from the study, the PACE program holds unlimited potential for improving the arts literacy of those who experience arts education through it.
Dive into the research

Pilot Schools


Learn about the students that make up the pilot PACE schools and read what their teachers and principals have to say about the program.
Meet the schools that participated
Partner OrganizationPilot SchoolArtistic DisciplineCity
Arts for LearningPine Elementary SchoolDanceMichigan City
Arts Council of IndianapolisJames Russell Lowell (IPS #51)TheatreIndianapolis
Brown County Art GuildVan Buren Elementary School Visual ArtsNashville
Carnegie Center for Art and HistoryS. Ellen Jones ElementaryVisual ArtsNew Albany
Fort Wayne Dance CollectiveSouth Wayne Elementary SchoolDanceFort Wayne
Honeywell FoundationBoulevard STEM ElementaryVisual ArtsKokomo
ISU's Community School of the ArtsMeadows Elementary SchoolVisual ArtsTerre Haute
Marion Community School of the ArtsJohn W. Kendall ElementaryMusicMarion
Robinson Community Learning CenterMcKinley CenterTheatreSouth Bend