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November 5, 2012

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November 5, 2012

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is known in the local, statewide, and national arts education fields as a leader in services provided and resources developed through extensive research and practice. I first encountered the Alliance as an Intern in Washington, DC, and then as a graduate student at Ohio State. Executive Director, Donna Collins' strong leadership provided me with opportunities to implement the skills I learned in graduate school, while also helping the Alliance. Now, a Board member for the last four years, I continue to be awed by the breadth and depth of services that the Alliance continues to provide for educators and students in Ohio and nationwide.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 18, 2012

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October 18, 2012

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a strong advocate for arts education. I have utilized the services of this organization for years. I am a visual arts educator and have held many jobs over the years in public schools, non-profit arts centers and a university. The OAAE has been a hub for arts educators to find information about changes in content standards, curriculum maps, cuts in the arts in schools and nowadays, teacher evaluations. Besides our local departments of education, there has been no other go-to place for arts educators to receive unbiased, informed data and opinions. Their weekly updates regarding educational legislation has helped me form an understanding of current and future expectations of educators. Their website is filled with easy to use advocacy tools that help educators and community arts folks reach their parents and constituents on different levels. Additionally, the OAAE has offered numerous hands-on workshops over the years that have kept me apprised of the what and how of arts educational reforms. In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a Board Member for three years. That position has only made me more impressed at the quality of work that the organization has accomplished with their small staff. Ohio arts educators recognize that this organization is a light in the midst of the continuing quagmire of educational reorganization. I thank them for their good work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As the arts have been slashed in schools across Ohio, I have recommended that the arts teacher contact the OAAE to help them write talking points so they may speak to parents and administrators to continue the arts for the children.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Originally I saw a flyer about the organization but was greatly impressed with a program conducted by Donna Collins, the Ex. Dir, when I attended a state arts meeting.

What is its top priority in the long run?

The priority of the OAAE is to support the arts and arts education at all levels, for students of all ages and abilities.

October 17, 2012

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October 17, 2012

I have been involved with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education for over 25 years. First as a music educator teaching in a small rural school, as an arts supervisor, as a workshop provider and a board member. The Alliance brings together art, music, drama/theater, and dance educators, as well as key stakeholders in education and the arts (school administrators, school board members, classroom teachers, parents, arts administrators, and more) to advocate at the state, local and national level for every child to have access to high quality arts education. The organizations' communication services through a weekly update, "Arts Online", professional development workshops, and top-notch resources make this a truly amazing non-profit organization.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 17, 2012

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October 17, 2012

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) has been incredibly helpful in giving me tools and skills to use for arts education advocacy. The staff is knowledgable and always willing to help guide and advise local efforts. We have hosted workshops and presentations over the past few years and the response is always positive. I highly recommend as a resource for people interested in arts education.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 17, 2012

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October 17, 2012

OAAE has truly been my professional development in arts education. Having transitioned into arts management from the classroom, I attended training through OAAE, which has just led to continuous development and personal growth not only through formal training but also through all of the other services OAAE has provided me, and in turn, my organization, such as networking opportunities and legislative updates. The professionalism of the organization quickly convinced my to join the board.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

I have been on the OAAE Board for a total of 10 years. T he Ohio Alliance has been the bridge for me to continue my professional and personal advocacy for the arts. It gave me the confidence to serve as 2nd Vice Prseident for the Ohio Art Education Association and more recently as President. The Alliance has been there at the table when the Fine Arts have been in jeopardy in Ohio schools, fighting to make the arts part of the CORE subjects and as a high school graduation requirement for Ohio students. It has championed the arts with legislators and school board members. Personally I feel it made me want to be a better teacher; to give my all to my students. I am a retired teacher and a practicing artist who knows how much the arts impact students and carries them into adulthood with the love of the arts. The Alliance in Ohio is always at the top of the game, always working for our cause to educate people in the arts and create life long learners.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

OAAE ranks among the best statewide arts education organizations operating today. They have leadership unlike any other organization and are uniquely renown for their positive impact on students, teachers, and communities. OAAE is a go-to resource for hundreds of arts education professionals working in professional development, policy, and management throughout the country.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

OAAE has been key to my professional development as an arts educator. This organization was able to provide training in arts assessment as well as many other areas. My teaching has been greatly enhanced thanks to OAAE.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

My daughter hopes to be a music teacher in a few years. Today she is in high school and plays the violin. The Ohio Alliance works with the Kennedy Center and my daughter had the opportunity to submit an application and audition CD to participate in the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute. We got the nicest letter today and my daughter is one of Ohio's five finalist. Even if she doesn't win the competition, she is so proud to have been selected and has hugged the letter all evening. We found this organization a couple years ago when our school was going to cut arts classes. They are a good organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

saving arts classes at our school.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them more so that they can do more for others.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is the depth of information and experience of the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice and helpful. Not a lot of staff but very dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have local offices all around Ohio.

Ways to make it better...

we weren't in a crisis. I learned that being active in advance of a crisis will likely avoid a crisis.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

time, resources, and money. Arts education is facing many struggles at all levels.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Ohio Alliance is thee organization in our state that really supports arts education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

I teach visual art in Cleveland, Ohio and I love the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. They provide the best information, resources, and professional development. Their work with teachers, administrators, higher ed, and arts organizations is first class! Check out the weekly Arts on Line at www.OAAE.net I am a member and encourage every arts educator to join too. The best $40 I've ever spent.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

more than a dozen professional development sessions!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them increase their income so that they could do even more to support arts education in Ohio.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of the executive director. She is like a personal coach without a fee.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding. A great group of people who are passionate about their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have statewide professional development for every arts educator in every school.

Ways to make it better...

I had ten of my colleagues joining in the workshops with me so that they could learn with me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding ... state budget cuts and dwindling foundation support are painful.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization is related to the Kennedy Center and Americans for the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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