The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), a statewide arts education service organization, was founded in 1974 under the leadership of Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson. The organization has evolved overtime into a nationally recognized leader in arts education. Much of the organization’s success is based on a strong partnership among the Alliance, Ohio’s professional arts education organizations (Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, OhioDance, VSA Ohio, and the Ohio Educational Theatre Association), the Ohio Arts Council, and Ohio Department of Education.
Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building.
OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Other support comes from Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, OhioDance, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and other OAAE members and donors. The Community Arts Education programs of central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and other donors. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from all of these outstanding agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout Ohio.
It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan.
We believe that:
- All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators
- All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education
- All arts programs must have adequate resources
- All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education
- The strengths of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education are:
- Dedicated and qualified Board of Directors
- Professional staff
- Evaluation of programs and outreach
- Broad base of membership statewide
- Partnerships among state agencies, education professional organizations, and cultural institutions
- Professional development services for teachers, administrators, artists, and arts organization staff
- Communication to arts education advocates and policy makers on key arts education issues
- National connections and recognition as an exemplary Alliance in the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
- Maximum utilization of limited resources
- Core Curriculum
- Student Achievement
- Statewide Professional Arts Education Organizations (Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, OhioDance, and Ohio Educational Theatre Association)
- Cultural Organizations
- National Organizations (Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and Americans for the Arts)
- Higher Education
- State Agencies (Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Department of Education)
- Diversified Funding
- Standards (Academic, Educator, and Operating)
- Gifted Identification
Critical Issue: ADVOCACY
Goal 1: The arts are included in Ohio’s core curriculum
- There is an increase in the number of school districts that report on the Status Survey that they have aligned their curriculum in the arts with Ohio's Academic Content Standards for Fine Arts.
- The Academic Content Standards for Fine Arts are included in the Ohio's Early Learning Standards.
- Family guides for the Academic Content Standards for the Fine Arts are developed and distributed.
- The ODE formalizes a mechanism for ensuring that districts comply with State Operating Standards for schools.
- There is an increase in the number of school districts that report on the Status Survey that they are in compliance with State Operating Standards regarding arts education programs.
- At least one state STEM initiative partners with an arts organization to create a STEAM school.
- The Ohio General Assembly adopts a separate high school graduation requirement in the fine arts.
- School districts report on the Status Survey an increase in the number of students participating in arts education programs.
- School districts report on the Status Survey an increase in the number of students who graduate with a high school credit in the arts.
- Participants of OAAE workshops report through the Impact Survey an increase in support for arts education among administrators, parents, and community members.
- There is an increase in the number of lawmakers who participate in Arts Day.
Goal 2: All students have access to quality arts education programs P-16
- The arts are included in the Ohio Governor's education reform initiatives.
- There is an increase in the financial support for arts education in the state biennial budget.
- There is an increase in the number of school districts that report on the Status Survey an increase in the amount of instruction time provided for the arts.
- There is an increase in the amount of contact time with students reported on the Status Survey by teachers of the arts.
- There is an increase in the number of OAAE members who report on the Membership Survey that their school district has adopted a model arts education program.
- There is an increase in the number of school districts that report on the Status Survey that they have district-wide assessments in the arts.
- The ODE develops and disseminates voluntary state assessments for the fine arts.
- The State Board of Education approves a proficient standard for state assessments for the fine arts.
- The State Board of Education approves a performance indicator for the fine arts for the Local Report Card.
- There is an increase in the number of students identified as gifted and provided services in the arts.
- There is an increase in the number of school districts that report on the Status Survey the following:
-increases in the number of teachers in the arts per student
-increases in the percent of the instructional budget for arts education program
-increases in spending per student for the arts
-appropriate facilities for arts
-increases in the number of supervisors for the arts
-increases in the number of teachers hired who are licensed in the arts
-regularly scheduled professional development opportunities in the arts
- There is an increase in the number of OAAE members who report on the Membership Survey community and school district overall support for the arts.
- There is an increase in the percentage of workshop participants who report on the Impact Survey that they have learned new skills to enhance the teaching the arts.
Goal 3: The arts are included in statewide efforts to improve student achievement
- The State Board of Education and the ODE include arts education in efforts to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap.
- The State Board of Education includes an indicator for arts on the Local Report Card.
- There is an increase in the number of school districts that report on the Status Survey that arts education programs are included on school continuous improvement plans.
- There is an increase on the Status Survey in the number of school districts that include an indicator for achievement in the arts on their Local Report Card.
- There is an increase in the number of OAAE members who report on the Membership Survey that their school districts include on the Local Report Card a measure of the quality of the arts education programs in their schools, such as awards and recognitions, or the number of students who graduate with credits in the arts, achieve a performance standard in the arts; attend college in the arts, etc.
- The State Board of Education adopts a resolution in support of Arts Day.
- At least one P-16 Council includes representatives of arts organizations or arts education advocates.
- At lease one state STEM initiative partners with an arts organization to create a STEAM school.
Critical Issue: BUILDING COLLABORATIONS
Goal 1: The OAAE will improve existing collaborations
- The number of organizations, cultural institutions, and professional associations that are OAAE members is maintained
- The number of opportunities to collaborate through projects, conferences, workshops, etc. is increased
- Opportunities for communication to all OAAE members from collaborators is increased
Goal 2: The OAAE will increase collaborations with state agencies, professional organizations, non-educational organizations, and for-profit corporate organizations.
- There is an increase in the number and diversity of entities that become OAAE members
- There is an increase of human and financial support from state agencies, professional organizations, etc.
Goal 3: The OAAE will build leadership for arts education with school districts
- The members of the KC Partners in Education Teams working with OAAE report increased skills and knowledge for more effective local leadership for arts education
- The number of Administrator Forums hosted by professional arts organizations increases
- The success of OAAE to lead/participate in Administrator Forums is documented through participant evaluation
- The OAAE honors individuals and organizations for their support of arts education
- OAAE members and the organization receive awards for their work in support of arts education
- Participants in Arts Day report an increase in their leadership and advocacy skills in support of arts education
- Impact Surveys completed by OAAE workshop participants indicate increased engagement with administrators, colleagues, parents, and students
Critical Issue: CAPACITY BUILDING
Goal 1: Assess and understand the organization’s capacity and function
- The Kennedy Center tools will be used for organization and leadership evaluation at least twice during the fiscal year.
- The OAAE Board will increase its governance participation
- Feedback and financial awards from funders and partners provides evidence of the quality work carried out by OAAE
Goal 2: Build capacity among supporters of arts education through improved communication
- The use of Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ E-Advocacy Center is increased when Arts Education Action Alerts are disseminated
- Policy makers share with OAAE that members have made contact with them in support of arts education
- Student Advocates program, a component of Arts Day, has increased participation annually
- OAAE members report that they are sharing arts education information and resources regularly with colleagues and others
Goal 3: Identify and increase the number of arts education supporters through OAAE membership
Critical Issue: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Goal 1. All educators have access to quality professional development relative to arts education
- There is an increase in the number of respondents on the Status Survey who report that their district provided professional development in the arts
- There is an increase in participation at OAAE sponsored workshops
- Participants in OAAE sponsored workshops report, through written evaluation, regarding the quality of presenters, resources, knowledge and skills gained, etc.
- The KC Partners in Education team work with OAAE is evaluated and reports significant impact of the professional development of teaching artists and other educators
- There is an increase in the number of pre-service professionals engaged with OAAE through presentations, workshops, and use of OAAE resources
- There is an increase in cooperation among like-minded organizations seeking to support student learning
- OAAE Members report using or disseminating information provided through OAAE communications, i.e., Arts on Line.
The Strategic Plan of the OAAE was reviewed and update August, 2012 by the OAAE Board of Directors with input from members, partners, and staff.
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is located in the Vern Rife Center for Government and the Arts:
77 S. High Street, 2nd fl.
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
All Riffe Center visitors must provide photo ID. Backpacks are not permitted in the building.