1776 We Declare




Arts Integration Building Block How-To Videos
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In these short videos, A.R.T. teaching artists and students outline and demonstrate the arts integration techniques used in the We Declare curriculum. These techniques can be facilitated by a teaching artist or a classroom teacher to enhance students’ learning in a number of settings, and they are integrated into the lesson plans in the Declare section.

Milling & Seething

Milling and Seething is a way of moving around the room to develop participants’ awareness of their space and their bodies within it. This exercise can encourage participants to express themselves physically in a space where they are accustomed to sitting and working.


In this exercise, participants use their position in relation to each other to show an order or sequence, or to physically indicate their agreement or disagreement, and visualize where they’ve landed in relation to others in the group.

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden provides an introduction to using bodies and working with others to tell stories in space.


Similar to Sculpture Garden, Tableau can be used to provide a visual representation of a moment in a story, a prediction of what may happen in the future, or a demonstration of a concept in-action. A key difference is that Tableaux generally involve multiple people who have taken time to carefully plan the most complete, active way to tell the story using their frozen bodies and facial expressions—Tableaux are essentially living photographs!


Dynamizing is the act of adding a gesture or movement to an existing image, such as a Sculpture or Tableau. It is an opportunity to try out different choices a character could make or play out potential outcomes in a scene.

Story Circles

Story Circles can be used to make connections between content and personal experiences by telling stories. These stories can then be documented and performed as monologues or serve as the inspiration for dialogue or other playwriting or performance work. Story Circles center the participants’ lived experiences.


Monologues are speeches by just one character.


Dialogues are conversations among two or more characters.

Jump-In Reading

Jump-In Reading is a way for participants to share a small section of their writing and practice speaking out loud in front of a group.

Choral Reading

Similar to Jump-In Reading, Choral Reading consists of all participants speaking at least one line. The key difference is that in Choral Reading, the line assignments are planned and orchestrated in a deliberate way to create a choral effect that consciously illuminates the meaning of the text.

Special thanks to students participating in the demo videos: J’Lah Buford, Nicole Castillo, Alana Cooks-Beeks, Ana Lucía Heebner, Eda Galvez, Maggie Kumins, Alex Ozanich, Marley Ozanich, Joudia Ouassaidi, Ariel Phillips, Robert Wolfe, Sadie Young, Amy Zongker

Exercises and activities in the Activate and Declare sections of this website are influenced by and draw on a variety of theater education and community-building practices. For more theater-based arts integration ideas, we recommend checking out the work of theorists such as Viola Spolin, Augusto Boal, Paolo Friere, John O’Neal, Eileen Landay, and Kurt Wooten.