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Gateway to the Arts

Gateway to the Arts

Since 1957, Gateway to the Arts has transformed the lives of over 7,500,000 pre-kindergarten – 12th grade students, and their teachers, by expanding their learning opportunities through high quality arts integration programming, which goes beyond exposure to the arts. Arts integration cultivates authentic connections between artistic practice and academic content in order to foster critical thinking, promote innovation, increase self-esteem, and broaden perspectives in both an artistic medium and an academic subject.

Gateway to the Arts is dedicated to integrating the arts into the lives of all teachers, students and families throughout the greater Western PA region. We place accomplished performing and visual artists in schools, libraries, community centers, or wherever learning is taking place, in order to provide high quality arts experiences directly to the communities we serve. With a range of programs available for early childhood through high school, our arts integration residencies and workshops offer an innovative, research-based approach to addressing academic achievement, socio-emotional learning, and community development.

Gateway to the Arts also creates and delivers innovative professional development for all educators, in both formal and informal settings, who want to expand their teaching toolbox by integrating the arts into their classroom.

National Affiliations

Gateway to the Arts is a proud affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

Young Audiences Arts for Learning is the nation’s first and largest arts in education network. Since 1952 they have been committed to making the arts an essential part of young people’s education by bringing them together with professional artists of all disciplines to learn, create and participate in the arts.

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is an internationally respected program that provides innovative arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and their children from 0 to 5 through the disciplines of drama, music, and movement.