cultural connections through the arts

Cultural Connections Through the Arts offers a broad range of classroom-based, arts-integrated residency programs to support classroom curriculum. Hands-on experiences allow students to creatively explore their world, collaboratively ideate, and imagine solutions to current and future problems. The results are enduring understandings and increased student engagement. Residency lengths and fees vary.

To learn more about customized residency experiences, see sample lesson plans, learn about fee structures, or book a residency, please email Learning@ScottsdaleArts.org.


Alli Ortega Empty Bowls

Explore the intersection of art and civic responsibility through this residency open to Scottsdale schools. Students work with teaching artists to integrate across the curriculum—using skills that include math, science, and language arts—and develop life skills, all through the design of a bowl. Student bowls are donated to the annual Alli Ortega Empty Bowls Benefit Sale to raise funds to fight hunger in our community.

  • Residencies take place September – November. Open to Scottsdale schools only.
  • Grades: 5–8
  • Length: Five one-hour sessions

Composer in the Classroom

Exploring the intersection of literacy and music, this residency empowers students to tell stories through sound. Working with musicians, students will demonstrate understanding of core curriculum concepts through the composition of a unique piece of music.

  • Grades: 4–6
  • Length: One week, one hour per day
  • Up to 35 students per classroom
  •  Fee: $450

Holocaust Survivor Oskar Knoblauch: Voice of Tolerance

As a boy growing up in Krakow, Poland, during the early 1930s, Oskar Knoblauch was confused and upset by friends, teachers, and teammates who began to treat him and his family differently with the spread of Nazi ideology. Today, Knoblauch devotes his time speaking to student and adult groups about his experiences during the Holocaust with focus on respect, hope, and empowerment.

  • Grades: 6–12
  • Length: 90 minutes to two hours
  • Fee: Free

Poetry: Personal to Performance

Professional poetry and spoken word artists engage students in journal and poetry writing while building a strong classroom community. Through an approachable process of idea mapping, writing exercises and group critiques, journal entries develop into poems. Final works are shared with classmates at the end of each session.

  • Grades: 7–12
  • Length: One week, one hour per day
  • Up to 35 students per classroom
  • Fee: $450