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Ohio Arts Council Update

Jarred Small
Arts Learning Coordinator
The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is excited to highlight some updates and opportunities available to help support music educators as you continue to engage, inspire, and lead learners of all backgrounds and abilities through the school year.

Grant Applications Available for 2024-2025 School Year

While music educators have welcomed students into classrooms across the state in anticipation of a creative and productive school year, the OAC has geared up to accept grant applications supporting projects for the following 2024-2025 school year. As educators and administrators continue adjusting, adapting, and testing new and innovative methods of teaching and learning, the OAC invites you to consider ways in which available grant programs can support your plans and visions for next school year. You can view available grant programs and their Guidelines at One grant program soon to be accepting applications for projects occurring next school year is TeachArtsOhio. Now in its sixth year as a formal program of the agency, TeachArtsOhio is the OAC’s flagship school-based artist residency program. TeachArtsOhio brings schools and community organizations together with teaching artists to share engaging, personal, and high-quality arts learning experiences. Previous music focused TeachArtsOhio residencies have included work with professional singer/songwriters, recording artists, musical theatre professionals, orchestral/chamber musicians, hip hop artists, guitarists, African drum and dance ensembles, square dancing callers and fiddlers, and more. Teaching artists available to collaborate with schools can be found on the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster.
You can read more in the TeachArtsOhio Guidelines. TeachArtsOhio applications for projects occurring during the 2024-2025 school year will be available in early November 2023 and will be due February 1, 2024; other OAC grant applications are due throughout late winter and early spring. For more information, contact Jarred Small via email ( or phone (614-728-4481). If you wish to begin a grant application, you must first contact the OAC for assistance in creating a profile in the OAC’s online grants system.

You’re Invited! Join the OAC at Arts Impact Ohio May 15-16, 2024 in Toledo

Join 300 of your arts colleagues in Toledo, the "Glass City," this spring! The Ohio Arts Council will present two days of professional development sessions, visits to nearby arts and cultural institutions, and chances to meet local and national thought leaders. As a leading arts and cultural conference, get ready to enjoy fantastic performances, arts experiences, networking opportunities, and celebrations! Previous conference tracks have included a wide array of arts education-focused content for K-12 teachers and administrators. Learn more at The OAC wishes all of Ohio’s music educators the very best as we collectively find ways to create, engage, innovate, and lead in pursuit of musical excellence.
Jarred Small serves as arts learning coordinator at the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. He began his career as a music educator in the public schools of southwest Michigan, where he taught band, choir, and guitar. Jarred holds a Bachelor of Music in instrumental music education from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in arts policy and administration from the Ohio State University.