Back during the Ohio Art Education Association’s 2018 Conference in Sandusky, I had the privilege of presenting to attendees about the programs and resources available to educators from the Ohio Arts Council(OAC), a state agency dedicated to funding and supporting quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
During this presentation, I discussed the OAC’s newest arts learning program – TeachArtsOhio – aimed at expanding learning opportunities through the arts and increasing academic achievement through schools’ collaboration with a professional artist in the classroom. I wanted to follow up on this program and provide some additional details that may be of interest.
TeachArtsOhio began as a successful three-year pilot initiative designed to support professional artists in PK-12 schools and classrooms in collaboration with teachers and administrators up to a full academic year at no cost to school districts. Following this pilot and its first school year as a full-fledged program of the Ohio Arts Council (2018-2019), TeachArtsOhio has since impacted thousands of students in nearly 70 communities in all corners of the state.
As we look towards another school year full of art making and learning, the Ohio Arts Council will again be accepting applications to its TeachArtsOhio program in November 2019 for projects occurring during the 2020-2021 school year. Updated Guidelines are available on the OAC website and schools can craft their applications in the OAC’s online grants management system, ARTIE. The deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 TeachArtsOhio applications will be February 3, 2020.
If you are interested in applying to collaborate with a professional artist in your classroom, please reach out to me via email or phone (614-728-4481), and I will be happy to assist you in beginning the application process. Each school may apply for its own TeachArtsOhio grant, and grants cover all artist fees associated with hosting a resident teaching artist. Should you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please also don’t hesitate to reach out.
Together, we look forward to expanding your classroom toolkit through more engaging, personal, and high-quality arts learning experiences.