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Key Definitions

For your reference, below are current definitions frequently used by ArtStarts.

Professional Artist

A professional artist is defined as someone who:
  • has specialized training in the arts (not necessarily in academic institutions);
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition);
  • is committed to devoting more time to his or her artistic activity, if financially possible; and
  • has a history of public presentation.
(Source: Canada Council for the Arts)

Emerging Artist

An emerging artist is defined as one who:
  • has specialized training (university graduation or equivalent, self-training, or training in a culturally-specific tradition) in one or more artistic disciplines;
  • has completed training within the last five years; and
  • is committed to developing a practice and career that will allow them to work full-time in an arts-based practice when financially possible.

Arts Integration

We use the definition of arts integration developed by The Kennedy Center: Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

Read more about this definition and unpack each of the key terms.

Modes of Arts in Education

There are many ways that art happens in schools. Our Modes of Arts in Education chart outlines various ways the arts are experienced by students. When looking at the three different modes, think of how you may have experienced art in education. How might you incorporate the arts into learning?