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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For additional information call 614.241.5325.

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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 - compendium of research on arts education outcomes

Arts and Special Education at The Kennedy Center - publications, webinars, bibliography, more

Universal Design for Learning Series - web-based rich media presentations and resources

Universal Design for Learning Checklist

Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

Universal Design & Resource List

Major funding for education programming is provided by

Ohio Department of Education  Kennedy Center contract logo 2014