Harnessing the Power of STEAM

In a climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Often, innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - the STEM subjects.

However, Art + Design are equally poised to transform our economy in the 21st century. Adding Art + Design to the equation transforms STEM into STEAM and leverages the inherent creativity needed to drive innovation. 


Kansas City Young Audiences and KC STEM Alliance are partnering to develop strategies to power the STEAM initiative - the movement to integrate the arts into STEM curriculum - in our region. 

These strategies include: 

  • Advocacy to integrate Art + Design into the STEM conversation and conversely to integrate STEM into Arts and Arts Education policy. 

  • Support for nationally recognized K-12 education curriculum that integrates a holistic approach to teaching the arts and STEM, like the Project Lead the Way Launch elementary program, and 

  • Targeted professional development that encourages systemic change in the way teachers integrate the arts into STEM subjects to inspire creative, interactive and engaging learning environments. 

Kansas City Young Audiences' most tangible efforts are focused on promoting and continuing to develop more STEAM curriculum for in-school programming, as well as STEAM-focused camps and classes within the Community School of the Arts. 

NEW Fall 2016 STEAM Residency Grants

This Fall we begin phase two of our STEAM Residency Project and will expand to 12 elementary classrooms across the
metro KC area!  

Participating classrooms will receive:
1 Professional Development Session (3 hours)     Saturday, October 8, 2016  1:00 - 4:00pm
During this hands-on session, you’ll be paired with a professional 
teaching artist.  Together you will explore and practice different ways to utilize the arts to 
assist you in teaching your STEM lessons with specific ideas on how to integrate the arts into LAUNCH 
lesson plans.

4 Hours of Planning Time with the Teaching Artist and Team
These planning sessions between you, your partner teaching artist, KCYA’s Director of Arts Education 
and Gretchen Neis of KC STEM Alliance, will help you plan which specific LAUNCH lessons will be taught 
or reinforced through arts integration.

7 Classroom Visits by the Teaching Artist*
Your partner teaching artist will come to class to lead or co-lead with you the specific LAUNCH lessons 
you’ve collaborated to develop into arts integrated lessons.  (*This may be customized based on your needs, 
interests and experience.  It may include optional performances as well as classroom sessions.) 

There will be no out of pocket expenses for each classroom. Each classroom teacher must submit their own grant application.   

 Download the FAll 2016 STEAM Residency Grant Application  Applications are due September 30, 2016.

Last fall we began our pilot program in three classrooms across the community.  We paired a classroom teacher, his or her class, and a professional teaching artist for a semester long partnership to assist in the implementation of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) LAUNCH curriculum.  After completing the professional development and planning meetings, the teaching artist visited each classroom throughout the semester to lead or co-lead the specific lessons. 


Together we can spark success in STEM learning through arts integration!

The Kansas City STEAM Initiative is Sponsored By: 





Call 816.531.4022 for more information about how you or your school can be a part of the STEAM movement.

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