Arts education belongs with science, technology, engineering and math curricula, asserts Margaret Morris, who oversees education programming at the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas. The center for three years has operated under curricula that blends STEM with the arts -- STEAM, in which creativity and artistic expression are used to teach and engage students in STEM lessons. "In real life, things aren't separated out like that," Morris said. "Music involves physics and math. Sculpture involves all those different things."

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