Education & Community Programs

IGNITE YOUR IMAGINATION! As the region's premier promoter of the arts and entertainment, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) promotes life-long engagement in the arts while contributing to individual, organizational, and community wellness. CAA's Education & Community Engagement Department cultivates diverse, inclusive, and accessible arts engagements, seeking to remove barriers preventing arts participation. Committed to a practice of antiracism, the Education and Community Engagement Department encourages the use of CAA venues, develops diverse arts supporters, and fosters an appreciation and understanding of diverse arts disciplines, while encouraging and supporting practicing arts educators and administrators, audiences, and aspiring artists.  

School and Youth Programs

Explore History, Discover the World, Experience a Book coming to Life, Engage in Social Justice, or master your skills through one of our School or Youth Programs.

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Community and Adult Learning Programs

Professional, Personal, and Family Engagement in and Through the Arts. Explore, Discover and Experience the joy, support, and wellness that lifelong learning and engagement in the arts provides.

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The Cincinnati Arts Association is saddened by the sudden loss of Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”). Kevin was a cultural ambassador, Lakota flute player, and hoop dancer who was scheduled to be part of our 2022-23 arts education season. Our hearts and condolences go out to his family and community.  Learn more about this artist. (use one of the links below).

What is our history?

Since its inception in 1995, the Cincinnati Arts Association's (CAA) Education and Community Programs have reached more than 1.9 million people.  A leader in the Cincinnati arts education community, our education and community engagement programs have been recognized by both the Ohio Arts Council and the Dana Foundation for exemplary service.

What is our vision, mission, and desired outcome?

The CAA Education and Community Engagement Department's Vision is to Inspire awareness that creativity is intrinsic and the arts are integral to human development. Our mission is to educate, inspire and serve the Cincinnati Region through engaging arts programs by infusing the arts into traditional and non-traditional settings.  We strive to empower our community to engage in the arts as an active part of social, system, educational, community, and individual healing and ongoing wellness.

What is our approach to arts education and community engagement?

CAA's Approach to arts education and community engagement programs aims to develop opportunities with our community to explore, discover, experience, or discuss the arts and related fields.  Programs are designed to promote a philosophy of diversity and inclusion in the arts and are supported by services that tear down barriers that prevent persons from participating. We promote antiracism, anti-colorism, and antipoverty.  We strive to develop and implement with a benchmark of excellence. We believe that high-quality arts engagements that are interactive, engaging, and inclusionary impact human development through the rejuvenation and nurturing of creativity. 


Moving forward, CAA's service to the Cincinnati region will establish partnerships with education, social service, government, arts, and health care organizations.