Mission: To ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every ohioan.
Programs: Transit arts and art in the house :modeled after exemplary and award-winning afterschool programs dating back to 1991, these programs offer free, year round programming to underserved youth in the city's most challenging neighborhoods through partnerships with the columbus federation of settlements and dozens of other community organizations. These programs engage over 1,000 young people, ages 5-21, annually in active learning that helps them develop a sense of personal responsibility, develop skills in creative, constructive action, and boosts self-esteem, confidence, and awareness of community resources.
artists in schools : the artists-in-schools program links professional artists and arts groups to franklin county area k-12 schools, enabling teachers to integrate arts learning with core subjects, such as english, social studies, science and math. Annually the program books 500 activities, engaging more than 85 individual artists or arts organizations at approximately 150 public, charter and private schools, and serves tens of thousands of k-12 students.
straight a program aka ohio arts assessment collaborative : ohio school districts hamilton local,west muskingum local, and cincinnati public along with the ohio alliance for arts education and battelle for kids, make up the ohio arts assessment collaborative. Hamilton local schools was awarded the straight a grant for summer 2014. The project creates a suite of authentic arts assessments, aligned with ohio's arts learming standards, to measure sudent growth for k-12 dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual arts. Once developed by arts educators and field-tested in schools throughout ohio the 44 assessments will be available to all ohio educators.