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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Call for Classrooms

Apply today for school year 2018-2019!
Applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed in order received.

Read the AIA Guidelines

Download the AIA application

Students working with paint around a table

Want to lead a residency as a teaching artist? 
Download the Call for Teaching Artists 
Deadline: Rolling


Students exploring movement, balance

Measuring Impact
In 2014-2015, VSA Ohio engaged Measurement Resources Company to begin a 3-year assessment of AIA to better understand its impact on students, teachers and schools. Results indicate Adaptation, Integration and the Arts makes a positive difference in the academic and social achievement of students, the readiness of teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners, and engages whole schools and communities.
Download the AIA Research Executive Summary Report.
Download the 2014-15 research report.
Download the 2015-16 research report.
Download the 2016-17 research report.

Quick Facts:
2,004 -
number of students impacted by AIA in 2014-15 school year
100% - All school administrators with an AIA program in their schools agreed the program impacts student learning.
8 in 10 teachers agreed AIA increases student creativity and art appreciation.
18%- During the AIA program, students experienced an 18% increase in the rate of growth in their reading fluency scores compared to the rate of growth before the residency.

Measurement Resource: Achieving Excellence with Data

Professional Development

Creativity & Curiosity in Today's Classroom
Creativity and Curiosity, spraypaint splash
A Symposium for the Arts and Beyond.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 77 W. College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Join educators from across the region and from various disciplines for an exciting, one-day symposium exploring how the arts inspire creativity and curiosity in the classroom and engage learners K-12. Symposium event includes lunch and participants are eligible for 0.6 CEU's. 
Download a PDF of the full Program Guide.
Register Here; $35 through May 31; $50 after June 1.
Presented by Oberlin Center for the Arts, in partnership with Oberlin College & Conservatory and Education Service Center of Lorain County.


Watch these videos to see AIA in action.


AIA 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 The following resources are dedicated to enhancing education and life-long learning through the arts.

ArtsEdSearch compendium of research on arts education outcomes
Arts Education Partnership
Association of Teaching Artists
Creating Quality
IDEAs That Work: Preparing children and youth with disabilities for success
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Kennedy Center Education Resources - publications, webinars, bibliography, more
National Art Education Association
National Association of Special Education Teachers
National Center on Universal Design for Learning
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (blog)
NASAA Arts Ed Research Page
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Ohio Arts Council - Arts Learning
Ohio Arts Education Association
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Music Educators Association
Universal Design for Learning - Center for Applied Special Technology
Universal Design for Learning Series - web-based rich media presentations and resources

Major funding for education programming is provided by

Ohio Department of Education

This program is also provided in 2017-18 with a contract with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 
Kennedy Center / VSA contract 2017-18