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Arts Education

Often times, those students who stand to benefit the most from the arts, receive the least. Whatsmore, schools with a higher concentration of students in poverty are less likely to offer arts education, provide limited programming, and oftentimes lack a unified arts curriculum.

Oberlin Center for the Arts is dedicated to increasing access to arts education through in-school and out of school time programming throughout the region. Students who participate in these programs build on multiple intelligences by exploring active listening, group collaboration and personal expression while developing their fine motor and analytical skills. They also grow to become better human beings, better neighbors, and better builders of community.


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During the 2018 - 2019 school year, Oberlin Center for the Arts will be administering programming in the following school districts;


Elyria City Schools - Prospect Arts Academy

With generous support from Elyria City Schools, Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Nord Family Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council

The Prospect Arts Academy is a free, arts enrichment program available to all 3rd through 5th grade students currently enrolled in Prospect Elementary in the Elyria City School District. In partnership with district faculty, high school students and five arts organizations, courses are offered after school whereby students attend between one and three days per week and participate in multiple disciplines including the visual arts, theatre/drama, choral and instrumental music and dance. Participating students also receive wrap around support including snacks and homework assistance each day.


Sandusky City Schools - Junior Arts Academy

With generous support from Sandusky City Schools, the Erie County Community Foundation, Wightman Wieber Foundation and The Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation.

Building upon the success of the District's Great Lakes Visual and Performing Arts Academy, the Junior Arts Academy seeks to engage an audience of younger artists. The Academy is a free, after school arts enrichment program available to all 3rd through 5th grade students currently enrolled in the Sandusky City School District. Courses are offered by district faculty across multiple disciplines including the visual arts, theatre/drama, choral and instrumental music and dance. Participating students also receive wrap around support including a hot meal, homework assistance and additional programming like yoga and STEM maker's space each day.


Oberlin City Schools

With generous support from Oberlin City Schools Endowment Fund and The Nord Family Foundation. 

Working in partnership with The MAD* Factory and Neos Center for Dance, Oberlin Center for the Arts is developing an in-school, arts residency program as an intervention for second grade students in the Oberlin City Schools. Working with key faculty members, this program will utilize the benefits of the performing arts to reach learners with exceptionalities and build upon core concepts and skills of the district's International Baccalaureate® curriculum.


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Professional Development

There are too few professional development opportunities for arts educators. Offerings are typically cost prohibitive, require distant travel to access, and often do not provide educators with the professional credit they need to uphold their professional certification. Oberlin Center for the Arts is developing programming that;

  • Builds partnerships amongst educators from various disciplines and across various districts,
  • Helps to create learning environments that are experimental and inspirational,
  • Equips students with the tools needed to creatively manage challenging situations,
  • Expands opportunities for students faced with learning exceptionalities, and
  • Builds an educators capacity to advocate for the arts from their classroom and beyond.


Creativity and Curiosity Symposium

On August 15, 2018, Oberlin Center for the Arts offered its first annual professional development training; entitled “Creativity and Curiosity in Today’s Classroom: a Symposium for the Arts and Beyond". Presented in partnership with the Oberlin Conservatory and the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, this event brought together educators from across the region and from various disciplines for an exciting, one-day symposium exploring how the arts inspires creativity and curiosity in the classroom and engages learners K-12.

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