Mississinawa Valley Schools was awarded the TeachArtsOhio grant in the amount of $30,000 to bring a visiting artist to our school for 100 days for the 2020-2021 school year. The TeachArtsOhio (TAO) program brings schools and community organizations together with teaching artists to share engaging, personal, high-quality arts learning experiences. The residency at Mississinawa Valley Schools was made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. We would also like to thank our visiting artist, Timothy Wells, who worked with Ashley Austerman to lead our art students to create community art and develop the photography program at Missississinawa. This residency also allowed Timothy Wells and Ashley Austerman the opportunity to allow our students to develop project management skills that lead to a community mural on Deerfield road in Union City. There are also five murals that will be installed in the school.
In support of this grant, the Darke County Endowment for the Arts awarded Mississinawa Valley Schools a grant to buy cameras for the art department. The cameras were vital to supporting the grant and the photography program. We would also like to thank our sponsors that helped support the community art projects during the 2020-2021 school year. These projects would not be possible without the support.
If you would like to learn more about the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), please visit their website: https://oac.ohio.gov/