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Running head: THE IMPORTANCE OF ART INTEGRATION IN SCHOOLS Importance of Art Integration in Schools Danielle Bloom University of Laverne 1 Running head: THE IMPORTANCE OF ART INTEGRATION IN SCHOOLS Abstract There needs to be a major shift in how we are preparing our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Today’s business leaders consider creative problem solving to be one of the most important skills of the 21st century. Innovation demands that ideas are free flowing, which in turns requires that people think creatively as well as methodically. Art integrated learning’s main component is creative thinking, which in turn coordinates higher order thinking. In my research I have found that art integrated learning in education have significant implications to student success. In this study we will look at what is art integration? Why is it so important now to implement it in our schools. We will also look at the benefits in applying this philosophy to cognitive development, emotional development and of course core curriculum. 2 Running head: THE IMPORTANCE OF ART INTEGRATION IN SCHOOLS The Importance of Art Integration in schools I was first exposed to art integrated learning when my first daughter started kindergarten 6 years ago. We were lucky enough to have my daughter go to a magnet school for the arts in San bernardino. Much of her curriculum was art-­based learning, for which she thrived

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