Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CAEC)

Young Audiences

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Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
13110 Shaker Square, C203
Cleveland OH, 44120

Phone: (216) 561-5005
Fax: (216) 561-3444

Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director
Mike Obertacz, Director of Education
David Schiopota, Associate Director of Education
Joe Ionna, Education Manager
Megan Thompson, Special Projects Manager
Brandon Lippford, ArtWorks Manager
Carly Niesen, Education Associate

The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL, formerly Young Audiences of NE Ohio) enriches the lives of children & promotes creative learning by uniting arts & education. This mission is fulfilled every day in classrooms throughout urban, rural, & suburban school districts by professional Teaching Artists who reinforce student learning in core subjects (including Math, Science, English Language Arts, & Social Studies) through dance, music, & theater as well as visual, digital, & literary arts education programs that serve PreK-Grade 12 students regardless of school budget issues.

Education: CAL’s 110 professional teaching artists deliver, on average, 6,000 programs each year (on-site performances, classroom workshops, long-term residencies and professional development), serving over 200,000 students from 200 schools in urban, rural, and suburban districts across Northeast Ohio. Programs develop the innovative thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills students will need to succeed in the 21st century workplace while supporting learning of core curricula. CAL offers nearly 200 arts-integrated programs, as well as customized programs, for youth PreK-12 in-school, out-of-school-time and throughout the summer.

ArtWorks, CAL’s largest educational program, is an arts-based job training program serving Northeast Ohio high school aged youth throughout the year.  Teens are hired (and paid) to work in the arts to increase artistic proficiency and learn college and career readiness skills.

Six Resident Teaching Artists joined the CAL staff in 2014 as full time employees and are developing innovative arts-integrated curriculum and working in the community.  For 2016, CAL is developing the Teaching Artist Professionalization Initiative, to create and implement a framework to better prepare and recognize the practice of teaching artistry. This modular program provides curriculum and a corresponding digital badging credentialing system. The initiative will add to CAL’s capacity to provide the highest quality artist-educators and educational experiences to the youth we serve.