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Programs for Schools

Art Academy of Cincinnati Community Education Department (AAC CE) brings award-winning, visual art instruction and memorable art experiences to schools. Balancing technical instruction with freedom for self-expression, AAC CE's Visual Thinking curriculum includes fundamental visual art skill building activities, two and three-dimensional, hands-on experiences, top-notch guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

In addition to providing a deeper understanding of academic subject matter and enrichment with art, artmaking activities also help strengthen family bonds and improve communities. When delivered in a Community Learning Center Model, research has shown that afterschool programming that involves the whole family can improve parent involvement and therefore affect student achievement. So in addition to after school “art club”, Family Art Night with Art Academy of Cincinnati brings together families and children in artmaking. This not only strengthens family cohesiveness but can improve the quality of the community overall.

After School Programming

Art instruction is scarce in schools these days yet the research shows again and again how involvement in the arts fortifies academics, improves SAT scores, lowers drop out rates, cultivates greater aspirations in employment and increases civic responsibility. (Catterall, 2009) College Board, 2011)

So let us come to you! Ask at your school for an Art Academy Community Outreach Instructor come to you with high-quality, after-school outreach programs on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Schools interested in grant-funded After-school programming should contact the Community Education Department at, [email protected] or call, 513-562-8748

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 teachers and administrators.


#1 SmartArt (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 artmaking, drawing, painting, sculpting, designing, and animation techniques. SmartArt utilizes the multi-disciplinary approach to enhance student learning. SmartArt tackles Common Core 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 artmakers 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 artmaking 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 interested in grant-funded After-school programming 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
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Global
  • William P. Anderson Foundation
  • Louise Taft Semple Foundation
  • The H.B., E.W., and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees
  • The Chemed Foundation