Artists help kids see the world around them in a whole new way. By offering services to professional educators and artists, and by connecting local artists with schools and community groups, the Community Arts Education Program helps to enrich the lives of central Ohio's children.
The Community Arts Education Program has four main components:
Artists-in-Schools links professional artists and arts groups not only with K-12 schools, but also parks and recreation centers, senior facilities, correctional facilities, hospitals, libraries, other community centers, as well as private sector businesses, organizations and individuals. More than 100,000 people each year are exposed to the arts through an Artists-in-Schools program.
The FCNA program, launched in 2004, increases community participation in the arts by providing small grants to local organizations of all kinds for neighborhood projects in all arts disciplines. Three rounds of applications and awards are generated annually. Public funding for these community projects leverages local contributions at a 1:7 ratio. In 2011 this program provided $27,000 in grants.
Modeled after exemplary and award-winning afterschool programs dating back to 1991, the Art in the House and TRANSIT ARTS programs offer free, year round programming to underserved youth in the city’s most challenging neighborhoods through partnerships with the Columbus Federation of Settlements (settlement houses) 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. These programs typically employ two dozen professional teaching artists and also offer youth paid teaching, entrepreneurial, and management apprenticeship opportunities as well as non-paid internships with other arts and cultural businesses and institutions. The programs prioritize skills development and the prevention of destructive behaviors as opposed to more costly measures of intervention conducted only after destructive behaviors are established.
The Professional Development in Arts Integration program has long-established collaborations with local performing arts organizations and Columbus City Schools in providing training for K-12 teachers in arts integration. This effort has included BalletMet Columbus and the Jazz Arts Group as primary partners. Based on a model developed by these collaborators, K-12 arts and classroom teachers learn and utilize methods of integrating performing and visual arts using differentiated instruction while adhering to district and state academic content standards in Fine Arts, English Language Arts, and other subject areas.
The Community Arts Education programs are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Puffin Foundation, Ltd., East, Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the AEP Foundation.