Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's 100 professional teaching artists provide more than 6000 programs each year to thousands of students
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's 100 professional teaching artists provide more than 6000 programs each year to thousands of students, their families, and the greater Northeast Ohio community.
Our philosophy is not only learning art, but learning through art. Every one of our programs connects to the academic curriculum in math, science, language arts or social studies. We offer arts-integrated programming in all major art forms (including newer art forms such as digital game design and recording arts) for grades PreK-12, for parents and community members, and for professional development.
Founded in 1953, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) collaborates with 100 professional teaching artists and ensembles who use their talents in dance, theater, music, visual arts, literary and media arts to unite arts and education. CAL offers performances, workshops, artist residencies and professional development programs around Cleveland and the 18 counties surrounding. Our 6000 programs this year reach more than 220,000 students in 230 schools, libraries, community centers and other organizations.
CAL's ArtWorks is our signature arts-based youth development program for teens. Teens apply for paying jobs to work with a Master Teaching Artist where they learn job skills such as project management, collaboration and problem-solving and explore college and career opportunities. This year we hired 80 after school apprentices and will hire over 120 summer apprentices.
Other Center for Arts-Inspired Learning education programs include Arts for Learning, which offers curriculum units and residencies for educators to teach literacy through fine arts, and Art is Education, integrating the arts across the curriculum in urban schools through an innovative, whole-school partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan School District and 30+ local arts organizations. In fact, CAL will reach 100% of all Cleveland Metropolitan School District elementary schools that connect with the core curriculum for third, fifth, and seventh grades. In school, after school, at libraries, in recreation centers, and through partnerships with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and the Juvenile Justice Center—CAL art-centric programs anticipate and meet the needs of the Northeast Ohio community.
In addition to our arts-integrated programming, in August of 2014, CAL will open the Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. This innovative school integrates the digital arts into a college-preparatory curriculum, allowing students to deeply engage in these art forms as preparation for success in the 21st century college environment and global workplace.
The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski was awarded the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize. Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's ArtWorks has been recognized by Northeast Ohio Council of Higher Education, Ohio Department of Youth Services in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice and the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges, Inside Business Magazine and the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations.