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Ohio Arts Education Data Project Update and Arts Education Opportunities

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is excited to highlight some updates and opportunities available to help support arts educators as they continue to engage, inspire, and lead learners of all backgrounds and abilities throughout the school year. 

New Updates from the Ohio Arts Education Data Project 

The OAC, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and Quadrant Research, recently released data detailing K-12 arts access, enrollment, and other figures from the 2020 and 2021 school years via the Ohio Arts Education Data Project interactive data dashboard. This data is combined with data dating since the 2016-17 school year to produce a longitudinal picture of the status of arts education in Ohio schools.  

With the release of this new data, our ability to track and analyze trends now becomes easier and more meaningful as ever. For example, data available from the pre- through late-pandemic years shows trends that have long been suspected but that the data now confirms, namely that the pandemic has had a significant impact on access and enrollment figures for arts courses across discipline areas. Between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, student enrollment in arts courses decreased by nearly eight percent across the state (a loss of almost 105,000 students) while students attending schools without any arts courses increased by nearly half a percent (or over 7,000 students). 

Read more about the Ohio Arts Education Data Project and explore the interactive data dashboard

Grant Applications Available for 2023-2024 School Year 

While educators wrap up the first half of the 2022-23 school year, the OAC has geared up to accept grant applications supporting projects for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. As educators and administrators continue adjusting, adapting, and testing new and innovative methods of teaching and learning, the OAC invites you to consider ways in which available grant programs can support your plans and visions for next school year. You can view available grant programs and the Guidelines. 

One grant program currently accepting applications for projects occurring next school year is TeachArtsOhio. Now in its fifth year as a formal program of the agency, TeachArtsOhio is the OAC’s flagship school-based artist residency program. TeachArtsOhio brings schools and community organizations together with teaching artists to share engaging, personal, and high-quality arts learning experiences. Previous TeachArtsOhio residencies have included work with professional singer/songwriters, muralists, musical theatre professionals, hip hop artists, cartoonists, African drum and dance ensembles, square dancing callers and fiddlers, and more. Teaching artists available to collaborate with schools can be found on the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster. 

You can read more in the TeachArtsOhio Guidelines (scroll down and click the “Arts Learning” accordion header). TeachArtsOhio applications for projects occurring during the 2023-2024 school year are due by February 1, 2023, and other OAC grant applications are due throughout late winter and early spring. For more information, contact Jarred Small via email at or by phone at 614-728-4481. If a school wishes to begin a grant application, it must first contact the OAC for assistance in creating a profile in ARTIE—the OAC’s online grants system. 

The OAC wishes all of Ohio’s educators the very best as we collectively find ways to create, engage, innovate, and lead in pursuit of powerful education experiences and outcomes. 


Featured image provided by Canton City School's McKinley High School.

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