OHIO ALLIANCE FOR ARTS IN EDUCATION
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.
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.
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?
How much of an impact do you think this organization has?
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
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.