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Artist in the Classroom – Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Residency






VSA Ohio (VSAO), the state organization on arts and disability is pleased to announce schools selected for the Adaptation, Integration and the Arts (AIA) residency program during the 2018-2019 school year.

AIA partners teaching artists and educators in classrooms inclusive of students with and without disabilities to enhance teaching and learning through an arts-integrated residency and curriculum. Residencies are academic content standards-based, utilize Universal Design for Learning strategies, and reach grades PreK-12. The AIA residency program is a creative way to increase academic achievement; prepare students for life, work and post-secondary education; and enhance educator’s use of arts-integrated curriculum. Residency sites host community teaching artists for dozens of classroom hours and receive professional development training.

Each residency represents an investment of approximately $6,000.

Selected Schools, City, and Teaching Artist
Beacon School / Co Board of DD Athens Barbara Ery
Bridgeway Academy Columbus Matt + Nicolette Swift / Cole Garlando
Day Integrated / Stark County ESC Canton Kris Kiko-Cozy
Ewing School / Co. Board of DD Marietta Barbary Ery
Forest Rose School / Co. Board of DD Lancaster Tonya Kraner
Galloway School / North Point ESC Sandusky KayCee Berkey
Graytown School / North Point ESC Graytown Kami Brough
Huy Elementary / AG Bell Program Columbus Candace Mazur Darman
Indianola K-12 Informal / Columbus City Columbus Queen Brooks + April Sunami
Marimor School / Co. Board of DD Lima Lyn Mulcahy
New Albany Plain Local Schools New Albany Wendy Kendrick
Parkmoor Elementary / Columbus City Columbus Dani Kfoury + Cassie Gress

Adaptation, Integration and the Arts is supported by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, and a contract for services with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Administration is conducted with assistance from OhioDance and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. Since it began in 2002, AIA has served 15,000+ students, 170+ schools, 700+ classrooms, 1,600+ educators, and tens of thousands of family and community members. Schools may still apply to participate in the AIA program by completing a Call for Classrooms; the application and guidelines are available on .

About VSA Ohio
Since our founding in 1986, VSA Ohio has evolved to become a community that helps inspired artists connect with their passions. Bridging arts and disability, VSAO’s programs and services provide inclusive environments and opportunities for people with disabilities to celebrate life through the arts.

VSAO works to change perceptions about disability by connecting people to accessible, creative opportunities. .

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