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Education & Community Programs

Since its inception in 1995, the Cincinnati Arts Association’s (CAA) Education and Community Programs have reached more than 1.7 million people and have promoted learning through the arts by developing opportunities that are diverse, multi-disciplinary, and accessible to all ages and cultural groups. Through projects with artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions, CAA promotes the arts as an integral part of our community.

Artists on Tour

The Artists on Tour program brings a variety of arts experiences directly into your organization. The finest local teaching artists in the region enhance learning with unique programs that vary in culture and art form.


Presented at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall, SchoolTime offers programs that entertain, educate, and support academic curriculum.

The Overture Awards

The Overture Awards recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Tri-state students in grades 9-12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student’s academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts.


Schools may apply for grants to help with the cost of Artists on Tour and SchoolTime programs. CAA also manages the Aronoff Center Rental Subsidy program.

Student Art Show

Since 2003, CAA has annually hosted an exhibition of student artwork.

2020 Student Art Show is Postponed

Originally Scheduled: May 1 – 10, 2020

Due to the evolving impact of the coronavirus, directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and the recommendations of government and health officials, the Cincinnati Arts Association’s (CAA) Education and Community Engagement Department has made the difficult decision to postpone its annual Student Art Show for 2020. The Cincinnati Arts Association is committed to the health and safety of all of our guests, staff, artists and volunteers at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall; this is our top priority. We continue to closely monitor the global impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, and will continue to make decisions based on changing conditions.

Building Diverse Audience Advisory Committee

BDAAC is a committed group of citizens illustrating diversity from within the community that acts as an advisor to and ambassador for the Cincinnati Arts Association. BDAAC’s purpose is to assist CAA in addressing the programming, service and cultural needs of Greater Cincinnati’s diverse communities.


The Cincy Emerging Arts Leaders

The Cincy Emerging Arts Leaders is an extension of the Emerging Leaders Network of the Americans for the Arts and administered by the Cincinnati Arts Association. It supports the professional development needs of arts professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Broadway in Cincinnati

For information on educational opportunities for Broadway in Cincinnati shows, or to request tickets at student prices, please contact the group sales manager by phone at (513) 369-4363 or by email.

Educational Spotlight, a curriculum-based presentation designed for middle- and high-school students, is offered for select Broadway in Cincinnati performances.

Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education

The Cincinnati Arts Association is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (GCAAE), which is a collaborative community that advocates for the arts in people's lives.

Arts in Healing

Arts in Healing is an initiative to enhance the medical experience through the arts. Through practicing and investigating the use of the arts in healing and well-being, the program seeks to build a community that weaves the arts, health, and medicine.