Ohio Arts Council Launches New Arts Learning Grant Program 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – November 14, 2017

The application for the Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC) newest arts learning program, TeachArtsOhio (TAO), is now open. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.

TAO brings schools and community organizations together with teaching artists to share engaging, personal, and high-quality arts learning experiences. 

Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins said the OAC is excited to further invest in Ohio’s arts education through the TAO program. 

“The TeachArtsOhio program offers Ohio students an educational opportunity to more deeply interact with the arts throughout their general school curriculum and classes,” Collins said. “All of us at the Ohio Arts Council look forward to supporting our students, teachers, artists, and communities in creating more innovative educational opportunities.”

Grants are awarded to schools to cover the artist fees, and 100 percent of the artist fees are paid for using OAC funds, alleviating financial burdens from school and district budgets.

 While no cash match is required, schools must provide all program-related materials and supplies.

Ohio’s public, private, charter, or parochial schools (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) are eligible to apply for the TAO program, which offers learners the opportunity to participate in a unique creative process, bridge cultural differences, and develop fresh ways of learning through the arts. 

TAO programs aim to showcase lasting benefits from in-person contact and collaboration with professional artists who are experienced in working with school age children and youth. 

Applicants may apply for TeachArtsOhio in one of five categories according to residency length:

o   Express: A brief mini-residency within a single week

o   Basic: A residency of between two and four weeks

o   Grading Period: A residency of approximately six to nine weeks

o   Full Semester: A residency of approximately 18 weeks

o   Academic Year: A residency of approximately 36 weeks 

A panel of arts and cultural professionals, educators, artists, and other community members will evaluate and score TAO grant applications.

Applications will be judged on criteria divided into four categories: Program Quality, Community Engagement, Defining and Measuring Success, and Resource Management.

For more information about the TeachArtsOhio program and how to apply, visit or contact Jarred Small at 

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist


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