In the U.S. mainstream culture, the arts are largely interpreted as an extra and as such not an integral part of the general education curriculum. The arts are often marginalized in our educational system, and almost always in jeopardy when budgets are cut. This is not the case in many other countries. In some cultures, the arts are valued like math, science and other academic subjects and they are an indispensable part of every general education curriculum. In this course we will learn how arts integration is used and valued in the U.S and abroad and we will explore how education systems throughout the world teach with the arts, through the arts and about the arts. All students will have the opportunity to learn through in-depth research and investigations.