Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Paul Sproll

Second Advisor

Michelle Bach Coulibaly


This research analyzes the possibilities of integration within the arts and its potential in affecting change in the teaching and learning environment. To approach to this larger question, I conducted two in-depth case studies as a participatory observer playing two radically different roles:- the role of a student at New Works, a performing arts program at Brown University, and the role of a curriculum planner and programming researcher at Providence CityArts. The nature and educational level of the two programs were drastically different. Providence CityArts is a youth directed community-based nonprofit organization that offers after school art programs while New Works is a collaborative grant based university program that invites international artists, students and local artists to devise a theatre dance piece. My goal in this thesis investigation was to study the nature of integration in these two very different teaching and learning spaces and draw connections that had the potential to inform practice within the field of integration within the arts and which also might raise issue for future research. It is my hope that this qualitative research also offers an insight into the inter-relationships between different art forms, how they may connect, and which elements have the potential to combine. At its core this thesis is aimed at exploring the possible configurations of integration within arts as opposed to arriving at a singular conclusive statement.



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