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Artist & Writer in Residence

Artist & Writer in Residence brings the power of creativity to youth in grades 7-12 in art and writing classes throughout Greater Cincinnati Schools. Students will hone their 21st century skills in Literacy, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation.

About the program

Artist & Writer in Residence provides each class three one-hour school visits. Classrooms are also afforded a half-day field study per semester on AAC's urban campus in historic Over-the-Rhine (transportation provided). All materials needed for the visual arts and literary projects will be provided and left with the classroom, as most schools have limited budgets for these courses. The curriculum contains the following:

Visit 1: Discussion & Ideation - lecture/examples, readings, presentation, and beginning student creation of projects.

Visit 2: Creation/Action - working on classroom teacher projects and exercises, new material; students put ideas into practice.

Visit 3: Discussion & Analysis - overview and critique, problem solving; students draw conclusions to ideation.

Field Study 1: Activity to support AAC school visits (gallery talk, or lecture and exercise) Field Study 2: Present and Exhibit fieldtrip

Program curriculum for Visual Arts includes: laying groundwork of art practices and techniques, principles and elements of art and design, exploring art history from ancient arts to contemporary masters, and applied visual arts as they integrate with business and commerce today. Students get hands-on experience in ideation, designing, editing, and creating visual works.

Program curriculum for Literary Arts includes: readings intended to inspire students via a diverse array of writers both traditional and experimental, contemporary, and canonical, from many intersecting cultures and identities, and students get hands-on experience in ideation, writing, editing, and producing works.

Art and Writing curriculum result in rigorous, craftsmanship-oriented exercises with analysis folded in, to comprise the core of our program.

In addition to the schedule of instruction and studies listed, AAC CE instructors work with High school educators to help students diversify their portfolios for entry into competitions and to prepare for application to a college of art and design and creative writing majors. Students who go on to submit their works to the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards will have the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony held at the School for Creative and Performing Arts to recognize their achievements of student participants.

Artist and Writer in Residence Request Form Scholastic Awards

Additional School Programs

AAC CE creates visual art opportunities not found during the typical school day in the form of in-school or after-school Art Club: SmartArt, Art Foundations, Applied Arts, and Family Art Nights to educators and administrators.

Visits are affordable and open to any Greater Cincinnati classroom grades 1-12!

After School Programming Services:

#1 SmartArt: Art Integration (grades 1-12)
SmartArt academic integrated art curriculum is designed to address visual thinking, enforce academics, visual art fundamentals, the history of art and its masters, and art of various cultures with hands-on art-making, drawing, painting, sculpting, designing, and animation techniques. SmartArt utilizes this multi-disciplinary approach to enhance student learning & tackle curriculum standards to increase engagement with academic subject matter and to provide a deeper understanding of academics. SmartArt programming is offered as an in-class visit or as an After School program.

#2 Art Foundations (grades 1-12)
Award-winning curriculum bursting with a variety of artistic media seldom found in a typical art class, this survey of art fundamentals will keep the interest of experienced and beginner art-makers alike.

#3 Applied Arts (grades 7-12)
The enrichment focused Applied Arts program is designed for high school grades 7-12, and focuses on visual thinking, visual art fundamentals, the history of art and its masters as well as applied visual arts as they integrate with business and commerce today. This program will enlighten and inspire art makers and art lovers, beginners and advanced. Additional focus on portfolio preparation is available for those who wish to get guidance on how to put together a portfolio and continue their visual art education in an institution of higher learning.

#4 Family Art Night
Activities where parents and their children can participate side-by-side in a creative, safe space together aids in parent involvement, family attachment and student achievement. This weekly, monthly or quarterly program provides art-making activities for folks of all ages exploring topics like "diversity", "home", "universal love", and "belonging".

Art Partner services include:

  • Program design, quality assurance and evaluation
  • Administrative supervision and covering costs associated with the administration of the program, such as the costs of background checks on instructors, recruiting, hiring and management
  • Recruit, Manage and Coordinate art instructor(s)
  • Create weekly lesson plans for each art club
  • Provide supplies
  • Schedule visiting artists and fieldtrips as applicable
  • Assist with the coordination/installation of end of term exhibits. Provide materials, refreshments, office supplies and decorations, as well as the printing, postage, and banners and other signage
  • Art Partner communication/meeting(s)

Schools and educators interested in AAC School Program Services should contact the Community Education Department at [email protected] or call, 513-562-8748


  • The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Charles H. Dater Foundation
  • The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation
  • William P. Anderson Foundation
  • Louise Taft Semple Foundation
  • Nellie Leaman Taft Charitable Foundation
  • The H.B., E.W., and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees
  • ArtsWave
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • August A. Rendigs, Jr. and Helen Rendigs Foundation
  • J. Frederick & Helen B. Vogel Trust
  • The Chemed Foundation