Project CREATES (Chicago Reaching Educators through the Arts To Engage Students), was a 3-year professional development program aimed to enhance classroom teachers’ understanding and practice of arts integration. Supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the CPS Department of Arts Education in partnership with Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Project CREATES offered the highest quality programs to build teachers’ arts literacy and teaching skills in the arts integration across middle school grade levels.

Arts Integrated Unit Plans
To review sample arts integrated unit plans from please select from the following options:


  • 3rd-4th
  • 5th-6th
  • 7th-8th

Artistic discipline

  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Photography
  • Poetry/Creative Writing
  • Digital Media
  • Music
  • Drama/Performance Art

Academic Subject

  • Language Art/Reading
  • Social Studies/Social Sciences
  • Math
  • Science

Workshop Outlines and Professional development resources
To review sample resource guides and professional development workshop outlines please select from the following options:

  • Unit design Frame work
  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Drama/Performance Art
  • Digital Media Art