Adaptation, Integration
& the Arts
AIA partners teaching artists and educators in inclusive classrooms to enhance teaching and learning through an arts-integrated residency and curriculum. By bringing together teachers and students of all abilities, we provide a unique opportunity to experience the power of the arts to support student achievement, creativity, innovation and effective teaching and learning.

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Apply today to be an AIA Residency Site next school year.
For additional information call 614.241.5325.

Click here to download the Call for Classrooms
There are 2 deadlines for the 2015-16 school year: June 5 & August 27

Click here to download the Call for Teaching Artists 
Deadline: Rolling

Watch these videos to see AIA in action.


AIA Program Benefits

  • Increase academic achievement levels of children with disabilities.
  • Better prepare children with disabilities for life, work and post-secondary education.
  • General, special, and arts educators will be better prepared to support learning and inclusion for students with disabilities.

AIA Residencies are

  • Student-focused
    Student needs are placed at the core of the curriculum and adaptations are made throughout the school year in order to reach and benefit students of all abilities.
  • Inclusive
    Classrooms include students with and without disabilities, where there is a peer support system that fosters academic and social advancement.
  • Enhanced Learning
    Students will increase knowledge and skills in the arts, academics and socialization.
  • Enhanced Teaching
    Classroom educators will gain confidence meeting the varied needs of students of all abilities by utilizing arts integration strategies.
  • Ohio Academic Content Standards-based
    All residency plans use Universal Design for Learning strategies to address arts and integrated subject area standards.
  • In-depth
    Research confirms that sustained access to arts and arts education opportunities have a greater impact on students of all ages. Teaching artists will be in classrooms for a minimum of 60 hours, with additional planning/evaluation time to ensure teaching confidence and program integration.
  • Flexible
    Every school and classroom has different needs; considerations for scheduling may require an intensive four-week residency or sustained weekly visits over a period of several months.

Educator Resources
The following resources are dedicated to enhancing education and life-long learning through the arts.

ArtsEdSearch compendium of research on arts education outcomes
Arts Education Partnership
Association of Teaching Artists
Creating Quality
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Kennedy Center Education Resources - publications, webinars, bibliography, more
National Art Education Association
National Association of Special Education Teachers
National Center on Universal Design for Learning
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (blog)
NASAA Arts Ed Research Page
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Ohio Arts Council - Arts Learning
Ohio Arts Education Association
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Music Educators Association
Universal Design for Learning - Center for Applied Special Technology
Universal Design for Learning Series - web-based rich media presentations and resources

Major funding for education programming is provided by

Ohio Department of Education  VSA at The Kennedy Center