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Professional Development for Educators

With generous support from Educational Service Center of Lorain County, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Stocker Foundation, The Nord Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Lorain County, Mercy Allen Hospital and VSA Ohio.

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.

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.

Join us for the 2019 Creativity in Today's Classroom Symposium


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Professional Development for Arts & Culture Organizations

With generous support from The Nord Family Foundation

As a regional arts agency, Oberlin Center for the Arts has a role in professionally developing the capacity of organizations throughout Lorain County. In January 2019, OCA offered the first ever Lorain County Arts & Culture "Summit", the first of a regular series of conventions inviting nearly 100 of our region’s organizations to explore collaborative opportunities in programming, advocacy, social impact, audience cultivation, fundraising, marketing and shared services. The second Summit event is scheduled for June 5, 2019 and will focus upon developing partner’s fundraising capacity, including a “Developing a Fundraising Plan” training from the Foundation Center Midwest as well as a panel discussion with area arts funders. 

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