Southeast Center for Arts Integration

Southeast Center for Arts Integration

Inspiring teachers and artists to prepare learners to thrive in the twenty-first century, the Southeast Center for Arts Integration offers professional development for teachers on using the arts in the classroom to teach state standards. We help teaching artists connect their work to the Standard Course of Studies and Essential Standards, so they can provide educational workshops and residencies that align with the curriculum. We provide information and experiences that empower teachers to engage multiple intelligences, climb to the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy, foster twenty-first century skills, deepen understanding of curricular content, promote Social Emotional Learning, and involve students in holistic, active learning that they won’t forget.

What we offer:

1) Professional Development institutes: comprehensive two-day, three-day, or five-day arts-integration training for faculty and staff.

2) Workshops: One-day or half-day introductions to arts integration, multiple intelligences theory and practice, or collaborative skill-building.

3) Demonstration Teaching: Teaching artists work in your classroom with your students, so teachers can see arts integration in action.

4) Arts-Integration Residency: Teaching artists, in partnership with teachers, plan and team-teach arts-integrated units of a week or longer.

How We Work:

We partner with principals, planning teams, and administrators to design each institute to meet specific goals. We actively engage participants in educational experiences which relate to each other and scaffold learning so it adds up and makes sense. We incorporate brain research and multiple intelligences theory and practice in each session. We demonstrate 21st-century skill-building. We encourage reflection that leads to new ways to think about and practice teaching. We work with entire school staff and administration to build trust and create a safe environment for collaboration across subject areas. Participants move from engagement to reflection and then to action when they collaborate with arts teachers and other specialists to design curriculum-based lesson plans or thematic units.

Who We Are: Some of our facilitators include:

Jef Lambdin is a mime, mask-theater, and variety-arts performer who has been working as a teaching artist for 40 years. He integrates Theatre Arts with PE, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science concepts. He worked with TOUCH Mime Theater for 17 years, and Jelly Educational Theater for 5 years. Currently he tours his solo show, “The InterACTive Theater of Jef” in the Southeast. He is a former Fellow with the NC A+ Schools. He is a consultant with the SC Arts Commission on implementing ArtsGrow SC programs.

Sheila Kerrigan is a mime and teaching artist with 35 years of experience performing and conducting residencies in schools. The author of The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process, she has taught Community-Based Performance at Duke and leads collaborative creative processes with grades K-12, college and grad students. She toured with TOUCH Mime Theater for 17 years, and directed for Jelly Educational Theater for 4 years. A former A+ Schools Fellow, she performs “The Scientific Mime, or What’s Up With Gravity?” an arts-integrated science show for 2nd-5th graders.

September Krueger is a fiber artist and educator based in Wilmington, NC. Her early interest in fashion led her to the Textile Design program at Philadelphia University, followed by years in a wearable art studio producing a line of women’s silk-screened clothing. After completing her graduate studies in Textiles at ECU, she joined the faculty at Southeastern Community College as their art instructor in 2011. She is an A+ Schools Fellow, and Director of Lifelong Education at the Cameron Art Museum.

Joan Certa-Moore  is a creative movement artist and a passionate believer in content integration. She has over 32 years of experience in public education as a dance instructor, and a coordinator/planner at the first A+ School in Raleigh, NC. She facilitated the opening of the only Museums Magnet Elementary School in Wake County and, in addition to being an A+ Schools teaching fellow; she is also a fellow with the National Paideia Center. She attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education Summer Project Zero Classroom: Views on Understanding and continues to explore the world through multiple lenses.

There are more teaching artists, all with equally impressive resumes.


  2310 Stansbury Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516



Arts Integration Workshops for Teachers

Program description

How can I use dance, drama, visual art, media, and/or music in my classroom to teach Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science? Will it help students learn? What research backs up arts integration as a way of learning? How can I engage students in holistic learning and global thinking? How do I foster 21st century skills? How can I get my students to move in the classroom without going nuts? How do I manage art supplies without a big mess? I’m not an artist–how can I feel comfortable using the arts in my classroom? How do the arts connect with what I need to teach? Will they help with Social and Emotional Learning?

The Southeast Center for Arts Integration answers these questions through participatory workshops for educators. Our facilitators lead teachers through arts-integrated experiences that successfully teach curricular content to real public school students. These classroom-tested, arts-integration practices are geared for teachers who think of themselves as “not artistic”–they build on the many strengths that classroom teachers already have. Teachers learn how to manage arts supplies and musical instruments effectively, how to lead movement in the classroom safely, how to lead dramatic activities so students approach them seriously, and how to make direct connections between the arts and the Standard Course of Study and Essential Standards.

Teachers collaborate to create integrated lesson plans that are based on NC SCOS and Essential Standards. They comprehend how teaching with multiple intelligences in mind helps all students learn. They experience how the arts foster 21st century skills like creative thinking, critical thinking, collaborating, and communicating. They see how teaching with and through the arts aligns with current brain research; and they climb to the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Proof of insurance available upon request. ASC does NOT hold current documentation.

Booking / scheduling contact

Sheila Kerrigan or Jef Lambdin

   919-360-0690 Sheila; 910-733-2609

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Literary Arts, Media, Multi-discipline, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Professional Development, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Dance, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Music, Other, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Most dates after March 25, 2022

Available times:

Agreed on by school planning team and SE Center for Arts Integration.

Length of program: 90 minutes to 5 days
Space / technical requirements:

Enough room in one space for the entire group (faculty & staff) to move around in. Other spaces for break-out worksops, if needed. A space with tables and chairs where teams can collaborate on lesson planning. Access to the Internet, pacing guides, and state standards for each planning team.


Agreed on by school planning team and SE Center for Arts Integration.

Fees / Ticketing:

Fees are based on the agreed-upon variables, for example:

number of participants: 5-30 participants require one facilitator; 31-60 participants require 2 facilitators; 61-75 participants require 3. Each facilitator receives $1,200 for a 1-day workshop. There is an additional $1,200 for administration. We factor in the number of contact hours, travel expenses, printing, supplies, planning time, etc.


NC Standard Course of Study:

The NC SCOS we address in our workshops depend on the planning we do with faculty and administration. If they request a focus on ELA and/or Math Standards, we design the workshops around them. If they request a Literacy focus, we design the workshop to integrate the arts with Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Foundations, Literacy, etc., of English Language Arts standards. We can incorporate Dance, Visual Arts, Music, and/or Theatre Arts. We also can teach collaboration, creative thinking, critical thinking, and global cultures through the arts, not to mention SEL.

NC Essential Standards:

The Essential Standards we address depend on the planning we do with faculty and administration. If they request a focus on STEM, for example, we design the workshops to incorporate the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with Arts–STEAM. We can also focus on PE, Health, Guidance, Social and Emotional Learning, and/or Social Studies. And for whole-school faculty, we can address school climate, collaboration, creative thinking, critical thinking, and communication.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

If a contracted date is cancelled due to acts of God, illness, pandemic, accident, or other circumstances out of our control, we will work to reschedule on a mutually-agreed-upon date. Cancellation by a school of a contracted session, not for the reasons above, will represent breach of contract, and school will pay damages of 50% of the agreed-upon fee. Cancellation less than 30 days before the contracted date will result in full payment of the agreed-upon fee on the contracted date. If SE Center for Arts integration is unable to fulfill this contract, we will notify the school no later than 10 days prior to the date of the contracted services and reschedule.